favorite baby food

Nicki - posted on 03/03/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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i am about to embark into the wonderful world of solids with my 6-month old. i have decided to brave it and make my own baby food. i was wondering what is our baby's favorite foods and least favorite. and do you have any recipes on how to make them.

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I breastfed all my children and I also made their baby food. I started with fruit and I just cooked them in a little water. You don't have to add seasonings, but a pinch of sugar won't hurt. Apples and pears are easy to prepare. After you cook them and they cool, you can blend them, puree them or put them through a food processor, so they become almost creamy. Fill up an ice tray with the mixture and when it is time to feed the baby, pop one cube out and thaw it. It is just about the right amount of food for the baby and you won't waste anything.



 



With veggies, it was the same thing. Green beans and peas were what I started out with, but sweet potatoes, carrots and potatoes are good as well. As long as they are cooked and pureed in a soft texture, it should be fine. Hope that helps.

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Gillian - posted on 03/04/2009

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I love making baby food. After cereal - my son HATED cereal - I did start with some of the jarred food so that he would have a taste of it and I could get a feel for the consistency, and an idea of the flavors. I was told to start with veggies so that they wouldn't refuse them if they got fruit first, but I don't know how true that is.

The easiest is bananas. Take some ripe bananas break them up, and put them in a food processor, or even easier, use a stick blender. Most fruits and veggies can be peeled, chopped up and steamed, then pureed. You add water (I use the water that they were steamed in because there is some flavor there - or water from another fruit/veggie I steamed) to thin out the consistency, or cereals to thicken (although this does take away some of the sweetness). You can go for thicker consistencies once they get used to it (my son gags when it is too thick, so I learn fast).

After they have gotten used to some of the flavors, you can mix them together how ever you like. The 100 Baby foods book is good, but I thought it went a bit fast, and there were some foods that I was told to avoid before one year. Also, I was told that you should always buy carrots and never make them yourself. There is a chemical in commercial carrots that baby food companies can test for and have supplies that don't contain it.

Have fun and good luck!

Patti - posted on 03/04/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

Did anyone who breastfed (I assume you did since this group is breastfeeding moms) notice what you ate while breastfeeding having any influence over what your child likes to eat as some studies suggest or is that a load of crap?


I am not sure, because I LOVE potatoes, and I ate a lot of them during pregnancy, and I still eat a lot of them (and I still breastfeed), but my daughter will not eat them!

Tina - posted on 03/04/2009

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Try this book  First Meals by Annabel Karmel.  I made almost every recipe in here.  From steaming apples to meals for my 6 year old.  Great book!  I steamed everything and froze them in ice cube trays.  I started with veggies and slowly added fruits.  I did not use any sugar, salt, or other seasonings.  steam them cause boiling they will loose nutirents.  I hope this helps.  The book also tells you in details how to prepare.

Alexii - posted on 03/04/2009

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i really like fruit and veggie blends like carrots and apples or yams and pears, just make sure that your baby isnt allegic to something first start with the single foods first than you can get really creative then like megan says fill up the ice cube tray and your ready to go also i didnt feed my babies meat till they where able to eat peices of chicken or whatever its really hard to get the consitancy you want with meat and meat diapers are super gross!! if you can hold off on that alittle longer better for you :)

Melissa - posted on 03/03/2009

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Did anyone who breastfed (I assume you did since this group is breastfeeding moms) notice what you ate while breastfeeding having any influence over what your child likes to eat as some studies suggest or is that a load of crap?

Debbie - posted on 03/03/2009

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Quoting Krystal:

i dont make my own. my dr advised me to as my almost 7month old hates baby food. she will not eat most of the time. but she does love banans when i get her to eat she will eat those all gone that and anything with apples in it, she also sorta likes sweet potatoes but only on her call. she hates hates hates greenbeans



My daughter HATES green beans too ... that is the only food that has gotten a screaming fit!



 



I have made peas, corn, carrots, sweet potato, squash etc. I just cook them until soft, puree them in the blender or food processor and freeze them in ice cube trays and transfer to ziploc bags when they are frozen.



In a couple of hours I made enough food for a couple of months. Way cheaper too.

Sunny - posted on 03/03/2009

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I also used the super baby food book. It was good as a starting point. One good thing I got from it was to grind different wholegrains- start with brown rice, millet, oats and cook them in boiling water for about 10 minutes until porridge like. You can mix the grains when cooked with pureed sweet potato, pumpkin (winter squash), any other veges (depending on age), you can look up age appropriate vegetables on the net. Also avocado and banana are great to start.

As mine got older, I started cooking more adult-like foods such as pasta with different sauces (just minus the salt and sugar) but with different veges, spices and garlic and onion. Also curries (not spicy though), stews etc with rice, spelt, pearled barley and other grains for variety. Basically lI would cook things the way we would eat but minus salt, sugar, chilli. My baby LOVES it.

Kortni - posted on 03/03/2009

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My suggestion is to start with baby cereal its the best choice to getting their little system ready for food. After that I would buy big bags of peas, green beans that sort of thing and boil them. I used the bullet to get the food to the right consistancy, however, it is really important that when you cook your own veggies to not use the same water to add in to soften it up as this will make your baby sick. Watch your baby when giving him or her their food if your baby is gumming it then you don't have to mash it up too much, my six month old already eats arrow root cookies and she loves them.

Sekayi - posted on 03/03/2009

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Does it matter what kind of processor you use to blend the food? Cani use a regular blender or should I go out and but a food processor?



Quoting MrsMegan:



I breastfed all my children and I also made their baby food. I started with fruit and I just cooked them in a little water. You don't have to add seasonings, but a pinch of sugar won't hurt. Apples and pears are easy to prepare. After you cook them and they cool, you can blend them, puree them or put them through a food processor, so they become almost creamy. Fill up an ice tray with the mixture and when it is time to feed the baby, pop one cube out and thaw it. It is just about the right amount of food for the baby and you won't waste anything.






 






With veggies, it was the same thing. Green beans and peas were what I started out with, but sweet potatoes, carrots and potatoes are good as well. As long as they are cooked and pureed in a soft texture, it should be fine. Hope that helps.





 

Krystal - posted on 03/03/2009

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i dont make my own. my dr advised me to as my almost 7month old hates baby food. she will not eat most of the time. but she does love banans when i get her to eat she will eat those all gone that and anything with apples in it, she also sorta likes sweet potatoes but only on her call. she hates hates hates greenbeans

Chelsea - posted on 03/03/2009

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I'm so glad you're going to make your own baby food it's the best way to give your baby healthy food.  You should steam peeled and chopped fruit and veggies such as yams, peas, apples, pears, squash etc.  When they are soft put the fruit or veggie in the blender.  Put the puried food into silicone ice cube trays and pop in the freezer when frozen pop out and store in marked zip lock bags and pull our the amount of cubes you need for each feeding.  

Cindy - posted on 03/03/2009

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I also made my own baby food and it was so easy and so much cheaper than store bought! I agree with Megan, just cook everything and puree them when they are cool after they're frozen you can put them into a baggie so you can reuse the tray right away. I would pick one day and make his food for the week.
When I first started I used the book "Super Baby Food" for ideas on what to give when. It goes through month by month with ideas for what to serve, how to prepare it, when to introduce finger foods, etc. I know you can get the book at Barnes and Noble and Amazon for sure.

Melissa - posted on 03/03/2009

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good for you! I am planning to do the same thing for my baby. I also bought a juicer so I can make fresh juice for all of us, although I know they say to limit how much they have as it has too much sugar in it. Top 100 Baby Purees ISBN-10: 0743289579 is suppose to be a good book. Check you local library. If they don't have it they can probably get it on interlibrary loan through their reference desk. As far as what tastes good I would say sample them! All babies like different things but they say babies often like what their Mommies ate while they breastfed.

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