Lizzie refused jarred baby food when she was an infant. It wasn’t until she could pick up food and put it to her mouth (around 9 months) that she started to finally eat foods other than breastmilk. I later learned that introducing babies to solids is more about experiencing new tastes and textures than it is about nutrition.
David was a bit more brave and willing to experience different things. I asked somebody to get me a food processor so I could start making him some baby food. It became this huge production and I ended up with way more purees than I could ever use. Thankfully I started to put the pureed foods into casseroles and sneak in nutrition.
There is a line of products from Annabel Karmel & Infantino that lets moms make single serving, fresh baby food. And making baby food in single servings reduces so much waste and saves time. Instead of a food processor, just put a small serving of veggies into the make it easy food mill, grind it up and serve to your baby! You crank the handle – no batteries required – and you can serve directly from the food mill, saving dishes you have to wash.
One product I am really looking forward to using is the Micro Cook Dish. This is a microwave safe dish designed to steam veggies. This is for creating soft veggies perfect for older babies and toddlers. I am going to make some for David and I bet that Lizzie will want some – what a way to use sibling jealousy to get her to eat her veggies!
One thing I learned from feeding Lizzie and David is that simpler is better. Giving them huge chunks of banana or avacado as babies they could feed themselves and suck on was much easier to feed them than jarred baby food or complicated concoctions.
What are some of your favorite foods to feed babies?
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