Once Kenleigh turned 4 months old we started trying out some food. She was seeming like she was always hungry and sometimes fussy. She also watched us eat very intently and had started reaching for our plates and cups. Those are some signs that a baby might be ready and the pediatrician gave us the go ahead at our 4 month appointment.
I had decided before K was born that I wanted to make my own baby food. My main reason was the ingredients in a jar of baby food are unrecognizable and it is somewhat disturbing to me that you can have a jar of bananas that stay good for much longer than a banana should be good. I guess I have taken some what of a granola approach at baby raising when it comes to what is going into her perfect little body. However, I now have another reason....cost! I found these little pouches of organic baby food with very few ingredients, but they are $1.49 each. That is only for one food and one serving of that food. I can make pears for .30 each serving! That is $1.19 savings at each meal. That would add up! I can make apples for .38 per serving. Therefore, I have more money left over to buy cute clothes for this little baby girl! :) It is a win for all....K gets healthy food and cute clothes....I get to shop more...My husband is happy that I am saving money! And...it doesn't take long at all! I need to get more organized and prepare larger batches at a time, but she isn't really eating that much yet, so it has been working fine so far.
I have a handy dandy baby bullet that purees the food, but I'm sure you can use any blender or food processor. You simply steam the fruit or veggie...add a little water and blend. Then you can pour it in to ice cube trays or little trays that are made for baby food. I freeze pretty much everything I make and then I thaw it as needed. Once K starts eating more on a regular basis, I will thaw food in the fridge the night before, so it is ready to go for the next day. So far, I have made sweet potatoes, apples, pears, peas and asparagus. Kenleigh has tried cereal, sweet potatoes and pears. Tomorrow she gets to try apples! Yummy!