This week, we introduced solid foods to Johnny. Originally, I was planning to wait until he was a full six months old, but for various reasons we determined he (and we) were ready to start him with solids about two weeks before the six-month mark.
This is fun! It’s such a hoot to see his face as he mushes food around his mouth and then opens it like an expectant baby bird. It took us four tries to find a booster seat that we liked and so far we’re thrilled with this portable seat from Fisher-Price.
I made homemade rice cereal by grinding brown rice in my blender and then following the recipe at Wholesome Baby Food.
Easy-peasy. I have enough rice powder to last awhile, and the leftovers of the first batch of rice cereal are hanging out in the fridge or freezer.
We’ll also introduce barley and oats in a similar manner.
Today, I gave him some organic unsweetened applesauce. It’s not the baby version — it’s the kind adults eat and this is perfectly fine for Johnny, as the contents are simply apples and water. If we weren’t moving next week, I’d portion some of it into an ice cube tray for freezing. Since we’re leaving though, I’ll just make sure Shane and I eat a decent amount of applesauce this week so it won’t spoil.
The jar was about $2 for 25 ounces, or $0.08 per ounce.
In the baby food aisle, I might be able to get four to eight ounces for $2. I’m not sure if it would be organic.
When local apples are abundant and cheap later this season, I might buy a bunch and make my own applesauce in the crockpot.
I plan to make all of Johnny’s food since it isn’t hard at all, it’s much cheaper and I will know exactly what’s in his food. Plus, I’m confident that homemade baby food tastes much better than jarred. I suspect that homemade baby food will make the transition to regular table food a little easier.
What’s more, making his food will make it easier for me to prepare healthier meals for myself and my husband. We don’t eat as many fruits and veggies as we should.
If I’m already steaming some veggies for Johnny, I can puree and portion out some for him, and Shane and I can eat the rest.
Do/did you make your own baby food?