Homemade Baby Foods

One of the things I have been looking forward to is making homemade baby food for my daughter. Well, the time has come. She was still nursing every 1-1.5 hours and still seemed a little hungry. At six months she is sitting up by herself pretty well and interested in watching us eat. I figured it was a good time to start the solid foods transition.

There are definitely some things I am trying to so as “naturally” as I can, but I’m just not the crunchy granola type. I still breastfeed and plan to continue but only until about her first birthday when she should be able to start regular milk. I want to lower the cost of baby foods and hopefully am feeding my child in the healthiest way I can but have a small stockpile of store-bought food for times when having something self-stable to take with us would be easier. Overall, I want to enjoy this time in my little girls life and know that I did the best I could.

(Clockwise) Sweet Potato, Brown Rice Cereal, Apples

We started this week and have been following the “wait three days before new foods” guideline. She has had store-bought rice cereal here and there since she was four months, mainly to start getting her used to the spoon, but it was mostly breast milk. Either way, I thought I’d start with the brown rice cereal.

My husband used our coffee/spice grinder to grind down some brown rice. One cup of water brought to a simmer, stir in 1/4 cup of the powder and whisk for 5 minutes straight. I decided to water it down with about an ounce of breast milk. To say Kelsey was not a fan would be an understatement. She had such a visceral reaction I was afraid I’d done something very wrong. After a couple of attempts she flat out started trying to push herself out of the Bumbo she was sitting in and her face was turning red. Since it came out a little runny I have since been thickening it up a bit with the store-bought rice cereal. A week later, she’s tolerating it but still doesn’t seem to like it and most of what I put in comes out.

Her first taste of sweet potatoes!

Three days later I made some sweet potato for her. I was afraid of it being to runny so it ended up taking for ever to make because I was trying to add a little at a time. For the one sweet potato that was baked for an hour, I ended up putting in about 3 ounces of breast milk and 6 ounces of water. Also, there was a little bit of her vitamin D liquid left in the container so I dumped that in, too. The sweet potato, thankfully, went over a bit better with Kelsey. She leans forward to have the spoon put in her mouth now and seems to actually be working it towards the back of her mouth and swallowing it.

Today I made her some apples. Six Golden Delicious apples, cored and quartered. Steamed for about 10 minutes, let it cool down, run a spoon between the flesh and the skin to separate. I was surprised how easily the skin comes off of steamed apples. Blend with some of the cooking water and let cool. It wasn’t quite the brown rice cereal reaction but if apples had a Facebook page, I don’t think she would “like” it after the first day. Hopefully it will get better.

Starting this process has me thinking it would be great to have an additional freezer. We already bulk purchase meats and vegetables so it tends to get a little crowded in there. Plus, I have a whole bunch of mango coming up to me this week that is going to need a home in there, too.

I am going to stick with the meal plan of some apple in the morning, a little rice in the afternoon, and some sweet potato around dinner time for the next week or so to let her get used to these new flavors. She’s been a little crankier about an hour after she eats so maybe that will calm down once her system has a chance to get used to the new routine. It will also let us work through some of the frozen foods. Then it will be time to decide the next fruit and veggie – I’m thinking pears and peas or zucchini.

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