Not too long ago we got the clear from our peditrician to start feeding our little man solids. I was so excited – I couldn’t wait for him to try food. But then the fear of what foods, how much, should I make my own or not make my own started setting in. So of course I turned to Pinterest and found some really helpful tips. Then I decided to go with my gut along with other mom’s advice.
I wanted to make sure I knew what was going into his food. I knew the only way to really know was to make my own. I created a list of foods to try, a sample schedule, and headed out to the store. I was able to buy so much for so little. I came home and started cooking right away. First up was carrots, then apples, followed by pears. I wanted to not overwhelm myself so I went with foods that I knew would be easy to prepare. I purchased rice cereal and I plan on purchasing meats along with any vegetables and fruits I don’t feel comfortable with.
I did my research too on the foods I prepared. I wanted to make sure I cooked them long enough to break down any sugars and to make them easier to puree. I wanted to make sure my puree was thin enough for his mouth and digestive system. I also waned to try foods that would help him expand his tastes at an early age.
We tried carrots first – my favorite! J and I recorded him trying carrots for the first time. I don’t think he enjoyed them as much as I wanted him to though. Don’t mind the no sound during the video. J and I were not impressed with us – only our little one. So I edited out the sound so you could focus on the baby.
We waited three days before introducing apples to make sure he wouldn’t have a reaction. The apples went a lot smoother and now if we mix carrots with apples then he seems to not mind carrots so much. After a few days of that combination I brought in the rice cereal. Again, as long as there are apples with it then he seems happy. Next up is pears that I made last weekend. I decided to make the food then freeze what I can so I’m not having to scramble during the weeknights.
I’m going to put together the baby food schedule we followed and are following. I couldn’t find one that fit what I wanted and I really think it would have been super helpful starting out.