Hellloo friends! Hope everyone has had a great week. We’ve been running around non-stop lately and spending as much time in the sunshine as we can – until Texas decides to change it’s mind and turn into winter again. C’mon spring, amirite?! Fingers crossed Phil was right about the whole shadow business; I’ve never put as much hope into an animal as I do that dumb groundhog. And we’ve never even met.
When Lad was five months old we started introducing him to purees. I knew I wanted to make his food but I was a little skeptical because I assumed it would be a pain in the hiney. Luckily I was wrong! As tricky as everything else in mommyhood is, making your own baby food is one of the easier parts! We started with a wide variety right away to get him used to a bunch of different foods. Growing up we weren’t allowed to be picky in our house and I’m very thankful for that now that I’m a wise 27-year-old. 😉
I’m sure when Lad becomes a toddler all of our hard work at introducing him to a variety of foods will go out the window and he’ll only want to eat cheeto puffs, but until then, I’m embracing our baby’s distinguished pallet. Haha.
Saturday mornings are usually when the madness happens. He eats avocados more than anything else, so I usually make those every other weekend. The other fruits and veggies tend to last longer so I don’t need to make it that often. Currently, he eats food at breakfast, lunch and supper. He still drinks his six bottles a day along with this because he thinks he’s Starvin Marvin. I’m really not sure where it all goes – oh wait. His diaper. Yep.
I haven’t made any mixed foods yet because I wanted him to get used to the plain foods first. Bananas and avocado are the easiest because I just throw them in the baby bullet with a few ounces of water and they’re done. Sweet potato and butter nut squash have to be baked and cooled first, but I just put them in the oven when I wake up and forget about them for a while.
For the other veggies we cheat. I buy the plain organic kind in the steaming bags and do it that way. When they’re done, just throw them in the blender with some coconut oil and 2 ounces of water. My goal is to have a garden this summer like we had when I was growing up, and make his foods out of the veggies we grow. But my dead cactus in the flowerpot tells me otherwise.
Lad’s most controversial and gag-worthy meal is chicken livers. He started eating them pretty early on and has always liked it. Chicken liver is really rich in tons of vitamins and babies tummy’s are still best at digesting proteins and fats, so it’s surprisingly easier on them than other foods like grains. I put it in a pot with lots of coconut oil, some water, and pink salt, and boil it until it’s cooked. Throw it in the bullet and puree until it looks like a Wendy’s Frosty! It does not taste like a frosty, in case you were wondering.
Sidenote: apparently you do have to freeze the liver for 14 days before cooking it to kill any pathogens. I’m not any kind of expert on this, but I don’t have a microscope and my scientist genes are sub-par. It’s an easy enough step that we can do to be on the extra safe side.
After I make all of the food I put it in ice trays and freeze them into little cubes. When they’re frozen I pop them out of the trays and put them in ziplocks until it’s meal time!
Like I said, it’s all very easy. It takes a few hours a month and you’re good to go.
Here’s the water to food ratios I use. At first I used breast milk instead of water, but I switched to just water so he doesn’t get used to the foods being sweeter than normal. I also add a scoop of coconut oil to the puree’s too; the healthy fats help baby’s tummy break everything down.
It’s all really, really simple. I promise. Especially if you have several ice cube trays and you are able to make a ton of food at once.
When he gets a little older we will start giving him soft foods that aren’t blended up, but we aren’t quite brave enough for that yet. 🙂 Baby led weaning is very popular and a lot of people have tons of success with it! You have to do what is best for your baby and best for your mental state. Haha.
Seeee ya later!