I wanted to make all my baby food to make sure everything was chemical free and healthy. I wasn’t really being realistic with myself. Finding the time to steam, puree and package my baby food did not really fit into my schedule at times. Juggling school and work was not really working for me along with washing a ton of baby bottle parts and pumping machine parts (exclusively pumping).
I also wanted to give my baby several options of flavors and colors to explore without having to be making different things daily. I did my research and found a couple of things that really helped me out. One of the main things I got to do was figure out what he actually did like and didn’t like without wasting a lot of food.
I began feeding him purred veggies when he was 4 months, this was the time that my pediatrician gave us the okay to begin food. I am not a professional so I do suggest you ask your pediatrician when you can start solids. Always be careful with any potential allergies. I did follow the 3 day rule, where I would introduce something new every 3 days. I did this for about the first month since I saw that this was recommended in a lot of the mom groups. I also did not want him to know sweets too soon so I decided to start with vegetables. Every baby is different and only you will know whats best for them.
So here we go, I will only write out some of the foods I made but not in specific order. I can always do another post with more structure guide on what I did. This is just for ideas on what to feed your baby.
For making my own food I used the baby bullet by Magic Bullet, which was the easiest thing to use. Very easy to clean, the containers are very easy to store as well as the right size for each feeding.
Foods I started with as singles then began mixing after I had tried them alone, at least once:
- Sweet Potato
- Fruit: Normally I would mix in a bit with the vegetable for it to not be so sweet but that was my own personal choice, for the first feedings.
I would puree the above fruits and veggies until we were ready to transition to more solid food when teeth began to come out. I later found out about Baby Led Weaning and that really sounded interesting to me but my boy is now 13 months so he basically eats anything and does very well with a spoon and fork and hands (he loves this option the best).
After a lot of research to try to make my life a little bit easier I found the first baby food that I really wanted to try. Once Upon A Farm, became my go to. Not only do they come in a clear-back pouch that is eco-friendly, but they have no preservative in the food. The purees are fresh and are kept refrigerated. I was able to find them at my local grocery store in the refrigerator section. The taste and texture are comparable to when you make the baby food yourself (I taste everything first). They offer a great variety of flavors from Applesauce, mango, Veggies, Oatmeal and more. When you visit their site, onceuponafarmorganics.com, you can see all their flavors and they also are labeled for age group.
If you would like to give them a try I did find this link that has a great offer for an 8-pack trial. https://onceuponafarmorganics.com/pages/trial-offer
When I would run out of Once Upon A Farm and was waiting on my next order I had to find alternatives.
My next choice of baby food was Happy Baby because of the clear pouch and Plum Organics Baby Food because they are Non-GMO, unsweetened and unsalted food. They offer a great variety of flavors and their vegetable blends are great in flavor which I really liked.
Hope this helps you moms out there. These are actual products that I used and I know there are more economical alternatives, but i wanted to go with organic food for my baby to not expose him to so many chemicals in food. I try my hardest to provide the best for my baby but I know that us moms are always busy that a little help is always welcome.
I can proudly say that he loves his vegetables. As far as meats, well I did introduce chicken and turkey into his foods later on around 6-8 months. I tried fish for the first time when he was 12 months. He has yet to try pork and beef which I am still debating when to start. Any suggestions would be great.
Hope this was helpful to you guys!!!