Food before one is just for fun. That’s what keeps popping into my head lately.
A few weeks ago, before we started the baby on cereal, I started figuring out which foods our little guy could have when he was close to 6 months old. I wanted so badly to wait until six months to start him on solids (we made it to just over 5 and a half months before giving him any cereal.) His pediatrician wanted him to try solids by six months. We’re all in agreement that the next few months are just to get him used to solids – the solid foods aren’t his main source of nutrition (yet).
That said, the thought of baby food in a jar makes me gag. I want him to taste food as it should taste. I really want him to like fruits and vegetables – and hopefully he won’t be as picky as me later on. (I don’t eat eggs, or mushrooms, or a variety of other weird-to-me foods.)
I love squash and I love sweet potatoes – but I like them in their plain forms. Without added sugar and spices. Most fruits and vegetables that I eat are rather plain. And I want my baby to experience all of that, without the ingredients I can’t read.
And then I learned just how easy it is to puree foods.
I’ve become *that* mom. The one that makes her child’s food. Until a year or so ago, I didn’t think I’d be that person, but here I am. A month into our little guy eating solids, and I keep researching what I can make next.
Mendie recommended trays she uses to freeze cubes of food. After talking to a few other moms, I realized that my food processor would do just fine in pureeing the food. So I set out on my food-pureeing adventure.
First up, butternut squash. I knew this wouldn’t be the first food he would eat, but it sounded like the easiest one for me to make. The first batch wasn’t as easy as I thought it *should* be. I cut the squash in half, but didn’t place it raw-side down into the pan with some water. The second batch was cut in half and placed “face down” in a little bit of water. It made pureeing it SO much easier.
Next, I baked sweet potatoes. Easy enough, except I got distracted by something and left them in the oven for an extra hour. No big deal, though. That made them softer and easier to puree! I literally just ran them under water, poked holes in them with a fork, wrapped them in foil and stuck them on a baking sheet in the oven (for almost two hours.) Once I remembered them, I pulled them out, let them cool and peeled them – dropping all of the potatoes into the food processor.
My third food was pears. I searched around on Pinterest for how to puree pears and then I kind of did my own thing, which may not have been the best idea. I cut the pears up (after peeling them) and boiled them until they were soft. I then threw them into the food processor, with some of the water from boiling them. Then I froze them in half-cube sizes.
The baby is not a fan of pears. I’ve tasted them, and they taste just like pears. They’re sweet, but they’re a different sweetness than what he’s used to, I think. I may wait a few weeks to try them again.
My mom made applesauce last fall, and gave us several frozen bags of it. I gave him a taste of it one evening, and he didn’t seem thrilled. This has been our week of applesauce, and he seems to like it more each day. I’ll call that a success.
(I refroze the applesauce as half cubes, so it wouldn’t go to waste.)
He has since tried the butternut squash. His favorite so far has been the sweet potatoes. We need to branch out, though. I don’t want him to turn orange!
Green vegetables are coming up soon, and now that it’s spring, our farmer’s market is going to be a great resource for my food-making adventures!
Have you made baby food before? What did your child like most?