And…2 out of 4, not too bad!

A little homemade baby food update for you!

I tried the blueberry/banana/mango mix in her oatmeal and she was not a fan. She didn’t spit it out, but she made lots of faces. I gave up and gave her the stuff I bought at the store.

But then I tried a mix of carrots and peas for lunch and she loved it! She mmmmmed and ate it right up! Success!

Another day I tried giving her some of the baked carrots cut up into little bits and once again she loved the carrots! I’ve done this a couple of times now and she loves feeding herself the little carrot bits. I think next time I will give her a little bit bigger pieces that will be easier for her to pick up. I definitely need to try to give her more finger food though as she really likes it and is getting better at feeding herself.

So maybe I won’t give up after all. 🙂

Adventures in Making Baby Food

So…I made baby food yesterday and my baby gagged and spit it up. Read on to learn all about it! Haha.

All the info that is out there about feeding your baby is quite overwhelming. There are so many different ideas and rules, so I’ve been trying to just sort of go with my gut and do what seems right for Serena and also follow what her pediatrician has recommended. I figure that it’s all sort of experimental anyway because for her first year she will get most of what she needs from breastmilk anyway. I started giving Serena solid food when she was 4 months old just occasionally, and only rice cereal. Once she turned 6 months I started giving her food on a regular basis and it was all Gerber baby food. While I was still working and Serena was in daycare her daycare provided food for her, and because the rule is to give your baby the same food 4 days in a row before trying something new, I thought it would be easier to just buy the same food her daycare was giving her. (Sidenote: The internet and our pediatrician told us to just give Serena some of the food off our plates, but then how do you do the 4 day rule with that?) Then we’d just let them know what food had been added to her list of foods she can eat. I started her with sweet potatoes and she loved it! I’ve been saying for a couple months that once I finished work I would start making her baby food at home. I had many friends talk about how easy and fun it was to make food at home, and since it’s so much cheaper, I wanted to try it out.

Friday I took a grocery trip for the sole purpose of buying items to puree for Serena. I bought butternut squash, carrots, blueberries, apples, pears, and peas (frozen). Yesterday Trevor was able to keep an eye on Serena while I worked on making the baby food.  It took a while, but I finally was doing it! And it seemed pretty fun! I didn’t buy anything special to make the food, just some ice cube trays to freeze it in. I decided to try just using our blender to puree because it has a puree option. I know there are a lot of machines out there to use but I figured if our blender (that I quite love) works for me then I don’t need something else. Besides, our kitchen is small and we don’t really have room for another item on the shelf or counter.

Some friends have mentioned books they really love that they used to learn how to make baby food and to learn new recipes to try. Since I don’t have anything, I thought I’d start out with the internet, so I found this Homemade Baby Food Recipes site that has tons of info. Today I made butternut squash, blueberry banana mango, peas, and carrots.

I decided to feed Serena some of the butternut squash right away, the first one I tried. She’s never had it before but has eaten everything I’ve given her and she loves the Gerber squash. I steamed the squash, then threw it in the blender with some water and pureed it. I tasted it and thought it was delicious. I was excited to have her try it.

Well, I gave her some and she instantly made a face. I gave her another bite and she made a face and gagged. I decided maybe it was a little too thick and I should thin it a bit, so I added some breastmilk to it. I gave her that and she made a face, gagged, and then spit it all up! I felt so awful! Trevor thought it was hilarious. “The first food you ever made her she threw up!” I definitely should have tried sweet potato first! But I forgot to buy sweet potatoes at the store, so…

So there we are, my first attempt at feeding my daughter homemade baby food= fail. I went on to puree the rest though. When I pureed the blueberries I made it too thin, so added banana and frozen mango to thicken it up. I’ll be stirring that puree into her morning cereal (I give her oatmeal for breakfast every morning after I nurse her). I steamed frozen peas and made a puree with that, and then I baked carrots in foil in the oven and pureed that. I figure I can always combine the different veggies when I thaw the ice cubes. In a couple days I am planning on making the apple and pear purees, and I know those will be good to mix with the veggies and hopefully it will make it easier for her to eat them. Any purees that seem too thick this time I’ll just add some breastmilk to to thin for her. Wish me luck!