Since my life is consumed with all things baby right now, making my own baby food is one of my go-to things to do in the kitchen nowadays. Truth be told: I just throw a bunch of things into my Vitamix and hope for the best (this is how I make most of my recipes, by the way) but I do get asked to share quite often, so here are some ideas and creations I’ve been making.
First of all, I am not a pediatrician or a baby feeding expert in any way. I’m simply sharing what I’ve done with my own children. Before you start solids with your baby, have a conversation with your pediatrician and assess whether or not your child (and you) are ready. Like 99% of baby-related topics, I feel very strongly that feeding is very individualized, so do what’s best for you and your baby.
Personally, I felt very comfortable and excited to start food with both of my girls, so (with the okay from our pediatrician and my amazing NP sister-in-law who doubles as our on-call 24/7) I started *introducing* solids around four months with very minimal tastes of whole foods (ie: mashed banana, avocado, applesauce, etc.) Without changing or supplementing any milk or formula, I’d give her a little mashed banana here, a spoonful of applesauce if her big sister was having some, or a taste of nut butter on my finger. I found that until they’re ready to have actual meals, that teeny tiny tastes and gradual introductions was the best place to start to prevent feeling overwhelmed with yet another thing on my plate…quite literally 😉
I should also add that I also incorporate some Baby Led Weaning, like giving baby a whole carrot that she can gnaw on, knowing that she can’t take actual bites, the risk of choking is minimal, but she can taste the food, soothe her gums, and keep occupied for a few minutes. Although this post only focuses on my pureed food, I’d suggest doing some research on BLW if you’re in this stage as well.
By six months, both of my girls were showing a genuine interest in the food that we were eating and would excitedly taste, chew, (even with no teeth) and swallow properly. So, of course I then committed to only feeding my babies the best quality homemade, organic foods every single day. JUST KIDDING! I am not a perfect mom, I am a normal mom. I do also buy the premade pouches (as my toddler is weirdly obsessed with them) or I’ll utilize whatever I have on hand, like a mashed banana with nut butter, which if you ask me, is a pretty delicious little snack. When I do have the time; however, I love to throw a bunch of healthy stuff in my Vitamix and make a week’s worth of baby food. Here are some great ingredients that I often use: (and I do use organic and unsweetened versions of everything)
- sweet potato
- coconut oil
- coconut butter
- hemp hearts
- bone broth
- plain yogurt (sheep yogurt or unsweetened coconut yogurt are easier for little bellies to digest)
*some foods that babies under one should not consume are honey, popcorn, and added salt.
I’ll start with adding all of my veggies and then be sure to add some protein and healthy fats. If it’s too thick, add a little water or almond milk. Every time I make a puree like this, it’s different, but it usually comes out delicious…and I know because both my toddler and I taste test 🙂 Hope this helps to give you some ideas and inspiration!
One Healthy Breakdown: bon appetit!