Lucas was 5 1/2 months when we started him on solid foods. I don’t think I ever realized how easy, convient and free breastfeeding was until we started solids! Making and starting solid foods is messy, requires preparation and clean up, and cost money. It’s a very fun and new stage though, and he loves all the new foods he’s eating!
I have been making all of his food. I’m still learning how to do things, but I want to share with you what we’ve been doing so far.
Lucas’ first food was an avocado. We skipped rice cereal completely. It’s not necessary, it has a very bland taste (ask yourself- would you
like to eat it?), and the nutritional value is almost non existent. It’s like an empty carb that we didn’t see necessary feeding Lucas. Avocados are a great first food
and have healthy fats that babies need!
To prepare an avocado, all I did was take it out of the pit and put it into a blender. Really, making your own baby food requires a lot of blender use! A good blender that works quickly and efficiently is key. (Thank you 2005 wedding gift! I knew you would come in handy some day!)
The faces he made when he tasted avocado for the first time were absolutely priceless. I imagine avocados taste quite different than milk! When I first made his avocado I added breast milk to it so it had a familiar taste to it. I only did this the first time and haven’t done it since.
Peaches and pears were the next foods that Lucas had. We buy organic produce- pears are among the top 12 “dirty dozen.” Foods with a peel like a banana or avocado aren’t necessary to buy organic because they have that outside layer. Foods such as apples, peaches and pears with no skin are more important to buy organic because you’re eating the outside skin. And yes, you will usually find that organic produce is more expensive, but it’s important in our house so we make room for it.
To make a peach, pear or apple for Lucas I removed the skin first. It’s recommended to remove skin when they’re this young because it might be hard for them to digest it. After peeling the skin off the fruits then you just add it to the blender to be purred. It comes out a perfectly blended and ready to eat!When I first pureed the pear I added some breast milk to it. I found this was an unnecessary step.
I then tried to puree the pear just as is, without adding anything and it turned out much better. It definitely isn’t necessary to add anything-water or milk- to pears. Lucas loved this pear, and the smell of sweetness was delish! The consistency of this was also really easy for him to eat.
We love peaches in our house! They are also the messiest and let me warn you- they will stain clothes! Thankfully bath time is right after dinner!
As always, he wants whatever he can get in his mouth. He kept grabbing for the spoon, so finally I just gave it to him and let him feed himself!
As far as preparation, serving and clean up, bananas are the easiest I’ve found. They are the perfect traveling food! It’s so simple to cut off a slice of banana and offer it to your baby. Any left over can be ate by you or your older children!
To make a banana ready for my son to eat, all I did was cut it in half . I then put the pieces in a bowl and mashed it with a fork. Even a baby fork or spoon will work if you’re away from your house- bring a banana, baby spoon, and tupperware!
You can see the consistency of a banana is quite smooth. There were a few very small chunks, but nothing my son couldn’t digest. A banana is already very soft so water or milk is not needed. This took the mashing of a fork for 20 seconds. Very easy!
This is in preparation for a banana and peach smoothie. Put chunks of banana and peaches in a blender and you’ve got yourself a delicious and healthy smoothie! Your little one will love this!
As to date, Lucas is 6 1/2 months old and has had avocados, peaches, pears, bananas, and apples. He usually eats two “meals” a day- usually a brunch and then dinner. He continues to nurse every 3-4 hours. I would say that his favorite food are the peaches. Of course, peaches here also happen to be the most expensive! We’re talking $3.29 a pound! This kid has more gourmet meals than his parents do!
Our next step are vegetables. Vegetables aren’t as easy as fruits because they require steaming and/or boiling to soften. Vegetables also aren’t as sweet! He has tried carrots once and he hated them (me too love!) so we need to experiment with it. I have some zucchini and squash that we’re going to try today.
If your baby doesn’t seem to like a food right away, try again! It takes more than once for children (and adults!) to decide if they like a taste. They’re also learning so much about what food taste like as they begin to experiment with it, so it’s normal for them to not like something right away. Texture can also play a role. Try adding milk or water to a food to change the texture if needed. Lucas didn’t like his avocado at first, but I wanted him to like it so I kept feeding it to him. I can’t let him pass up a food as healthy and delicious as an avocado!
Wholesome Baby Food
is an excellent site that I am always referring to. It will answer almost any question you have about making your own baby food! Along with preparing some vegetables, I’m also looking into how I can freeze more of his food. I’ve found that pureeing his meals every few days is not very time saving friendly.
If your making your children’s baby food, what methods do you use for freezing? What vegetables do your children eat? For those of you who buy jars of food at the grocery store- do you know how much money you spend a month on baby food? I’m trying to figure out what the cost difference is between jars and organic produce. It won’t change my mind either way, but I think it would be an interesting comparison.
Happy eating and baby food making!