Any suggestions for making homemade baby food that is as smooth as the processed store bought stuff?

Michelle - posted on 03/05/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My little one is 7 months old and is having a terrible time with solids. She gags and chokes with almost every spoonful. I've been feeding her fortified cereals and homemade pureed peas. I finally bought some store bought peas which she seemed to do okay with. I would really prefer to make her food, as I did with my first, but she seems to need a real gradual transition to solids. Any advice to making homemade foods really smooth would be such a help. The other thing is that she won't open her mouth - we have to cajole and tease until she laughs and then slip it in. You can imagine how long it takes to eat that way.

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Stephanie - posted on 03/06/2009

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broccoli blends well if it's mixed with other things.... oversteam it and I used to blend it with potato and milk

 



Quoting Jessica:



I par-steamed any and all veggies I could get my hands on, I chopped them small and used the blender instead of the food processor. I added a teaspoon of water until the puree was a smooth as I needed it. My son is allergic to carrots.






I still puree veggies into most if not all of our food. I even add shredded zuccini to brownie mix...so moist and fluffy!






potatoes






sweet potatoes






peas






green beans






asparagus (a little difficult to puree)






broccoli (a little difficult to puree)






carrots






turnips






parsnips






squash






eggplant






I used new ice cube tray and measured out 2 tbsp to freeze and when I was on the go I put the frozen cubes in a "cup" that would stay "fresh" until I had to use it. Really good for day care.






****I used a website to make sure the veggies I gave my son were things his stomach could handle. It also helped keep us moving forward on the path to good eating.





 

Jana - posted on 03/06/2009

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I think your just started with the wrong veggie, meaning almost all of the other veggies got really smooth, but I found that peas needed A LOT of extra water to get them smooth.  When I pureed peas I got them as smooth as I could with having them soupy, then when I thawed them out, I added a little more water to smooth them out. 



I also used a blender verses a food processor and had much better luck with texture.  Have fun trying new things and I am very excited for you, I loved making my own baby food :)

Jessica - posted on 03/06/2009

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I par-steamed any and all veggies I could get my hands on, I chopped them small and used the blender instead of the food processor. I added a teaspoon of water until the puree was a smooth as I needed it. My son is allergic to carrots.



I still puree veggies into most if not all of our food. I even add shredded zuccini to brownie mix...so moist and fluffy!



potatoes



sweet potatoes



peas



green beans



asparagus (a little difficult to puree)



broccoli (a little difficult to puree)



carrots



turnips



parsnips



squash



eggplant



I used new ice cube tray and measured out 2 tbsp to freeze and when I was on the go I put the frozen cubes in a "cup" that would stay "fresh" until I had to use it. Really good for day care.



****I used a website to make sure the veggies I gave my son were things his stomach could handle. It also helped keep us moving forward on the path to good eating.

Jackie - posted on 03/06/2009

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Maybe she's not ready for solids...My little one was 7.5 months before she started solids and it took a while for her to really get into it.



I had a hand held blender, (made for smoothies). I also let her self-feed, by putting her mushy food on her tray and letting her help herself...



Good luck :D

Michelle - posted on 03/06/2009

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Thanks ladies. I've been using the mini processor with the veg water it was steamed in. I'll try the blender - and the squash for sure. Since she likes it in the jar (blah) as we just found out yesterday, it's gotta be an improvement to try the real stuff. I'll just be more patient - and take you example Malerie and get her brother to help with the laughs. ;)

Monica - posted on 03/06/2009

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Just use a blender and add water.  My son was hesitant at first too but they just have to get used to the texture!  YAY for you for making your own baby food.  At least you know exactly what your little one is eating :) 



 



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Thank you!!!!

Ann - posted on 03/06/2009

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Hi, when my son first ate solids, I used to put everything in the blender and add some milk or water. Then gradually I used to just blend it less and less. Then I just used to mash it down with a fork, Now he eats his dinner just like us, not blended or mashed. Just give your daughter some time to get used to eating solids and gradually will get there!! Hope that helps, good luck xxx

Susana - posted on 03/06/2009

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Hi: I found that butternut squash puree was great for my little one. You can put butternut, potato and perhaps broccoli as well. Blend it all together and gradually start leaving bits of butternut unbleded, as when it is cooked it is very soft and easy to squash with the tongue and palate.



Hope that helps.

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I add a bit extra water and using a food proccessor makes my food smooth. My daughter is 7 months as well. For the first couple of weeks on solids I had to make her laugh or her brothers helped but now she just opens up by herself. Maybe once your bubs is used to having solids you wont need to try so hard to open their mouth.

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