making baby's food

amgreenwell
amgreenwell Posts: 1,268 Member
Anyone else making their baby's food? We have a vitamix blender and so far it has been super easy and quick to do. I watched a few videos of how to do it and how much to freeze, etc. and it is going pretty well. Baby so far has had sweet potatoes, squash and peas. she'll be getting carrots tonight. She is liking everything very well and I couldn't be happier!
Only thing I don't like is the change in her bm... much harder and seems to be a little be tough for her to pass sometimes.
Anyway, any other moms out there making food? Any fun combination suggestions for after she's used to several foods and different tastes?
We have our 6 month appointment in a couple weeks :)

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  • SusanMFindlay
    SusanMFindlay Posts: 1,804 Member
    We have a Baby Bullet and make almost all of our own baby food with it. (The only exceptions are cereal and apple sauce.) You can make almost any combination of fruit and/or vegetables. Some of our sons' favourites include:

    blueberries+banana (don't do blueberries by themselves as they turn into a gel really fast; we also tend not to do banana by itself as it turns brown really fast)
    strawberries+banana
    strawberries+cantaloupe
    cherries (messy but yummy)
    pears and peaches (either together or separately; either from fresh or from canned-in-water)

    sweet potatoes
    butternut squash
    peas
    green beans
    broccoli
    cauliflower
    corn

    We've found you have to add water to most of the veggies to get a decent texture. We've also pureed rice in with the vegetables; it just needs more water adding. Don't try potatoes; they turn into glue. Our son likes regular mashed potatoes though.

    You can also puree a small amount of meat with water to introduce foods like chicken, pork and beef. Salmon doesn't really need pureeing since it flakes. Eggs are another great source of protein for baby. And our sons both *love* yogurt. They split a tub of Skyr (Icelandic equivalent of Greek yogurt) with their dad every weekday at breakfast.
  • SusanMFindlay
    SusanMFindlay Posts: 1,804 Member
    Tonight, my husband made a stew with leftover roast beef as well as potatoes, beets, carrots, onions and tomatoes. Whizzed up with a little water, it made great baby food (mostly vegetables; a little beef).
  • am_change
    am_change Posts: 1,010 Member
    I'm in the UK and lots of mums here are doing baby led weaning which is basically just giving baby what you have to feed themselves rather than purees...it's going well so far and saves time as not making extra food for baby.
  • amgreenwell
    amgreenwell Posts: 1,268 Member
    Okay, question, how does the baby eat what you are eating??? Mine has no teeth and is good to eat about 4 oz of puree
  • am_change
    am_change Posts: 1,010 Member
    Those gums are surprisingly strong! It's messy and quite often at the moment it sometimes feels like more gets played with than eaten but she takes good bites from different fruit, vegetables pasta and toast. Bananas and broccoli are a favourite at the moment! The idea is that they're in control of how much they have and know when they're full. Eventually they need to learn to deal with textures lumps and chewing so this just misses out the stage of mushy food. They all get there in the end though but as she seems to like feeding herself and it saves me time I'm all for it! Hope it's all going well with you.xx
  • SusanMFindlay
    SusanMFindlay Posts: 1,804 Member
    edited October 2016
    Okay, question, how does the baby eat what you are eating??? Mine has no teeth and is good to eat about 4 oz of puree

    Even with no teeth, baby can eat soft foods like banana slices or watermelon from an early age. Cheerios also work pretty well because the saliva makes them soggy.
  • amgreenwell
    amgreenwell Posts: 1,268 Member
    Thanks ladies! We have her 6 month appointment on Tuesday so I will address this with the dr. She is only eating puree veggies right now, cereal in her bottle to thicken as she has some reflux. I'm sure as soon as we introduce fruits it would be easier to get her to grab and nosh :)

  • kkmark
    kkmark Posts: 558 Member
    Angreem
    Thanks ladies! We have her 6 month appointment on Tuesday so I will address this with the dr. She is only eating puree veggies right now, cereal in her bottle to thicken as she has some reflux. I'm sure as soon as we introduce fruits it would be easier to get her to grab and nosh :)

    We r not thst much apart :smiley: my baby is 8 months born in march
  • jessicadloza
    jessicadloza Posts: 5 Member
    I made all my baby food and one thing I did - since I had a surplus of breastmilk - was mix that in. (I used a Baby Bullet.) Not sure if that might make a difference but it could be worth a try. Formula, too!