Homemade Baby Food Revisited: Lesson #1

by Christen on October 1, 2010 · 5 comments

in Homemade Baby Food

It’s that time again! Baby #2 just crossed the 6 month threshold and we have once again ventured into the world of homemade baby food. It’s been nearly three years since our blender was the highest regarded gadget in our kitchen,  so despite my website ALL about homemade baby food, I admit to being a little rusty.

 As a second time mom, I benefit from having some perspective and experience, however,  there are a few things I had to re-learn as we began our solid food adventure. Starting today, I’ll write about the lessons I’ve learned making homemade baby food the second time around.

#1: Start Slow

I love making homemade baby food and I could hardly wait for my little one to turn 6 months old, rush to Whole Foods, and buy all the fresh produce I could get my hands on. Fully anticipating my little one to gobble down the batch of delicious green peas I made especially for him, I was a bit dismayed to see that more ended up on his bib than in his tummy.  And this was his face….

Little one quickly reminded me to slow down.  Start with rice cereal and slowly introduce one fruit or vegetable at a time, spaced several days apart. Carefully watch for allergic reactions, i.e. rashes, unusual bowel movements, irritability, runny nose.  Here are some of the first foods we recommend, as these will rarely cause an allergic reaction.   

                :: Brown Rice Cereal

                :: Green Peas (frozen works great!)

                :: Apples, mildly flavored (Red or Yellow Delicious)

                :: Pears

                :: Sweet Potatoes

                :: Bananas

                :: Avocados

For additional tips and techniques to starting a homemade baby food regimen, check out the NurtureBaby website!

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Kara Fleck October 5, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Oh, my goodness, that pea tasting face! so cute! (even though he looks not exactly pleased LOL)

It is funny the things we forget in between children, isn’t it? Slowing down is always a good reminder …

Laurie October 10, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Great site! And perfect timing for us. Just a thought – could you add the oz. weight of packages in your recipes, please? For example – 1 package of frozen peas – our commissary carries them in several different sizes and it would be helpful.



Christen October 11, 2010 at 8:23 am

Yes, great point! I need to look at my store’s package and adjust the recipe. Thank you for pointing that out!

Sarah Kraft Peterson May 3, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Great tips!! And thanks for the suggested “firsts”!! I’m looking forward to trying your recipes soon!

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