Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Baby Food

I enjoy stockpiling information - I like to read "how to" books, get suggestions from trusted friends, and search the internet for related websites. My current topic of choice (besides the forever topic of home organization) is baby food. Should I make my own? Should I just pick up the little containers at Target? Should I buy organic?

With Anna, I was so excited to start solid foods that I gave them to her at four months - as soon as I got the go ahead from her doctor. I bought Gerber baby food for Anna because I had some fears about making my own. What if I do something wrong and making her sick?? This turned out to be a good plan since shortly after starting solids, our dishwasher decided to ruin our floors leaving our kitchen in disarray. It probably would not have been overly sanitary (or safe) to cook up baby food on a camping stove in my bathroom.

Now it's round two. Madelyn is 3 1/2 months old and doing great on breastmilk alone. At her four month appointment the doctor will talk about starting solid foods but I think I will wait until closer to 6 months as long as she still seems to be getting enough to eat. She's my baby - I don't want to rush it. So in the meantime I'm "collecting" info, trying to figure out what kind of food to give Madelyn. Any advice?


Lori Beth said...

I gave her a taste of cereal at 3 months b/c the Dr. said so, but I didn't feel right, so we waited until 6 months to really start. I made (and still do) my own food. I bookmarked a site that you posted a long time ago, while I was pregnant, and utilized that. http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/ I talked to a few friends who made their own and realized it was not going to be hard. It saves $$ (I know Erik will love that) and they say it helps with eating habits b/c they learn in the beginning what a real carrot, green bean, fill in the blank tastes like. I usually spend one night a week and make a bunch of food. I freeze it in ice cube trays and then pop them out and store in a labeled freezer zip loc bag. Good for up to 3 months that way. Each cube is 1 oz of food. Kelsey's first food was avacado followed by banana.I could go on and on. email me if you want to talk about it (erik has my email). I think it's one of the greatest things I've done for her, next to nursing.

Lori Beth said...

A good book reccomended by 2 friends is "First Meals" by Annabel Karmel. Lots of ideas and recipes from first meals to toddlers and beyond