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Babies can definitely have a different palette than adults.  Not only is it different, it changes over time.  When you’re trying to prepare food for a baby that has limited ability to express himself, this can be a challenge!

Introducing Solids

I started giving solid food to my little guy at around the six month mark.  At first, he didn’t know what to do with the food.  Though he would be busy “chewing” any time he saw someone else eating food, when I finally give him his own food, he was a bit bewildered.

After a few tries, he got the hang of it and we were off to the races.   He started with brown rice and then quickly moved on to pears, sweet potato, carrots, and apples.

If you follow my blog, you would probably guess that I was determined to make my own baby food.  For the most part, I have and I feel really good about knowing exactly what I am feeding him.

Baby Food on the Go

That’s not to say that he hasn’t tried lots of store-bought organic baby foods.  They are easy to tuck into the diaper bag and also give him a chance to try new flavours.  In some cases, I have used the store-bought foods to introduce him to a new taste before cooking up a bunch of it myself.  My favorite brands of baby food are Baby Gourmet and Ella’s Kitchen.  Both use organic ingredients.  I also like supporting local businesses and Baby Gourmet is one of those for me.

Making My Own Baby Food

Once I knew some of my son’s favorite foods, I started combining them into different purees.

One of the first combinations I made for him was a roasted vegetable soup.   I roasted some butternut squash, some onion, some garlic and some carrots.  I mixed the roasted veggies with water and some cooked quinoa.  Finally, I blended the whole thing to make a smooth puree.  My son loved the vegetables and I was happy to have snuck some quinoa into the mixture for some added goodness.

Another favorite of his is butternut squash with onions.  Not only is it his favorite, it’s actually one of mine!  I pan fry the onions in a little bit of coconut oil until they are browned.  Then, I add the cubed butternut squash and some water.  I let that cook on low until the squash is soft.  I season it with cinnamon and salt.  It’s a really simple dish that is both healthy and tasty.  In the beginning, I would puree it for him to make it easy for him to eat.  Now that he’s older, I just mash it up with a spoon and he can handle the rest.  Here’s a photo of a fresh batch (unmashed) I just made this morning.

Butternut Squash and Onions

Make Ahead Baby Food

The trick to making baby food in advance is to freeze it in little cubes.  Each cube is approximately one tablespoon.  My son starting by eating just one tablespoon at a time.  Now, he eats closer to 8 or 9 tablespoons of food in a meal.  Here’s some cubes that I made a little while ago.  I left them in the tray a bit too long and it looks like they’re getting a case of freezer burn.  Whoops!

Baby Food Cube Tray

Baby Food Cube Tray

Other favorites for my little guy include any kind of fruit, apple sauce, pear sauce, apple/pear sauce…, Well, you get the picture, right?

Pear Apple Sauce

Pear Apple Sauce

Action Shot

Finally, I couldn’t resist posting a photo of my little guy in action.  He really loves his blueberries and raspberries too, no matter how messy it gets! (Thank goodness for bibs!)

Blueberries!

Blueberries!

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3 thoughts on “Baby Food

  1. Have you been reading my mind? Chris and I would like to have a baby in the next few years, and this is something we talked about just the other day. While I would like to make our own baby food from organic produce, I know that sometimes we’ll just have to buy it. Thanks for sharing your experiences with these brands so I know what to check out.

    By the way, your little guy is SO ADORABLE! 🙂 He’s going to steal some hearts when he gets older!

    • Thank you, Casey!
      Isn’t it exciting to think of the prospect of starting a family? I always thought it was.
      Making your own baby food is so easy. You need to think ahead a bit, but once you do that, it’s simple to manage.
      I struggled a bit with how best to add meat to his diet. At first, I used the store bought foods to have him try the new flavours. Since then, I have made a batch of turkey broth and a batch of beef broth. I’ve used both to make his food. It just seems like the simplest way to get the goodness of the meat into his food without necessarily bringing meat into the house and cooking it.
      Having said that, we were at a BBQ a few weeks ago and we gave him a bone to suck on. Boy, did he ever love that!
      Anyway – just know that you’ll be able to manage, no matter what choices you and Chris make!

      • Those are great ideas. We have discussed it, and being that Chris eats meat and I don’t, we want our children to be exposed to both healthy meats and meat alternatives growing up. When old enough to make a lifestyle decision, the child can decide whether they want to integrate meat into their diet. I love how you have stressed the importance of exposing your son to lots of flavors! I really appreciate that my parents did that for me when I was growing up, as now I’m not afraid to experiment with foods.

        Thanks for your encouragement! I’m really excited to make that step in the next few years! 🙂

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