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October 21, 2010

Homemade baby food ideas

I’ve been testing out some tasty combos on my little guinea pig and I thought I’d share some of my discoveries. It’s really so much fun now that he can eat a range of things. Moms with multiple kids: am I going to have the time to put as much thought into feeding our subsequent children? That’s the real question.

(That’s butternut squash, roasted sweet potato, peas, and pears. I realize they don’t look that appetizing, but they are delicious!)

I’ve been making batches of “base” food (shown in the photo) and then mixing it with extra flavors right before it’s time to eat. Though if I’m adding a ground spice or fresh herb, I puree that right into the main ingredient when I’m making the base. I’m not totally sure how you’re supposed to go about doing this, but my intentions of reading up on making the perfect baby food have sort of evaporated into my own experimentation. Which is pretty much how I approach everything in the kitchen, so no surprises there. But Super Baby Food and Wholesomebabyfood.com have been good references.

I’ve discovered that avocado, banana, hard cooked egg yolk, and pureed young coconut can (and should) pretty much be mixed into anything. (When I say coconut, I mean the young white ones that come wrapped in plastic, not the old brown dudes). And that adding spices and herbs is a fun way to introduce flavor.

Current fave combos include:

Butternut squash with cinnamon, nutmeg, hard cooked egg and coconut
Peas with cilantro and avocado
Pear with ginger, cardamom and coconut and/or banana
Roasted sweet potato (the white kind, not yam) with banana – (I peeled and cube the sweet potato before roasting and pureeing and it gave it a really yummy caramel flavor)
Roasted yam with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg
Roasted carrots with cumin and coconut
Peas (or green beans) with potato, parsley, egg yolk, and avocado

Plus you can add a little banana or coconut to any lightly cooked and pureed fruit. Or a little avocado/egg to any steamed veg. And I usually add a little bit of breastmilk too just to thin out the puree a little. Or to make a new food taste more familiar.

We’re just approaching the 8 month mark (OMG) and I think now we can start getting a little more adventurous with different food. Dash has tried guacamole (for instance) and he thinks it’s pretty delicious. Which leads me to believe the he can probably have onion and garlic in small amounts? I don’t know. There’s so much conflicting information out there when it comes to what you should feed your baby and when.

And then you watch Babies and in Mongolia, they use meat and a matchstick as a pacifier. We’re probably way too freaked out about food introduction here.

What do you all do? Any good combos or advice you might want to share?

We’re off to Palm Springs in a few hours. Hooray! I’m going to close comments on the XX giveaway shortly. I forgot that I need to choose the winners before we go. Oops! Giveaway newbie here.

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  1. jen said on October 21, 2010

    what a great refresher for me. my second is 5 months and she’s just getting into foods too. i was all into the purees with my first and then you just forget. i can’t wait to try some of these combos! have fun this weekend!

  2. Shannon Mac said on October 21, 2010

    they actually sound yummy, even to this not-yet-mommy. And yes, I think we are too freaky about introducing food. I hope to prime a future little to our tastes by continuing to eat spicy foods while preggers/breastfeeding. I think. I’m sure this all changes when you’re actually with.

  3. Mica said on October 21, 2010

    Is it sad that I would eat most of those cobnations? It all sounds so yummy.

  4. Mica said on October 21, 2010

    *combinations! I blame my typing on pregnancy brain!

  5. Katherine said on October 21, 2010

    I have a 16 month old that eats so well and we started her exactly how you have… little bit at a time. Introduce slowly so you get an idea if he has allergies. My daughter got a small rash every time she had a tangerine but she can have them now no problem. I know, there is so much information out there but as long as you introduce slowly and no nuts, berries or honey in first year, I think you’ll be fine. I would suggest organic egg yolks, more fruits, lentils, tofu and yogurt.

  6. Ashleigh said on October 22, 2010

    Great post! I am bookmarking this one.

    Know what I’d love? A post on your fave tops to wear while nursing. I remember you like the V-neck tees from Whole Foods, but what else did/do you find yourself wearing a lot because it was just super functional?

    Our babe is due literally any day now (!!!). I’m so looking forward to no longer wearing the same, sad (and very limited) articles of clothing that have been in rotation these last few months. But it occurred to me today that a lot of my stuff pre-pregs is just not going to work when I need to pop a boob out on demand!

  7. Ashleigh said on October 22, 2010

    AND I HOPE YOU HAVE A FAB ROMANTIC WEEKEND AWAY!!!!!!!!!

  8. .tif said on October 22, 2010

    Our little man is seven months old now and we’ve pretty much started solids like you—little simple bits here and there. His favorite combination is banana/avocado. He just can’t get enough of that stuff! We’ve been doing purees, but I’m starting to let him use his hands and introduce finger foods. Mostly because I can’t get any food to my mouth without him being a baby bird in my face (or with a hand). ;)

  9. Rachel (heart of light) said on October 25, 2010

    My SIL’s mother had 8 kids, and apparently all she ever did was whizz up a little bit of everything that the rest of the family ate in a blender. They were pretty traditional, so it was usually roast beef, mashed potatoes + veg. Every single baby she had ate like this – no dedicated food! I was amazed when I heard about it.

  10. Meg said on October 27, 2010

    Um. So your feed just updated in my reader. Did I forget to update it on my own? SHUT UP. Achem!

    So I’m catching up. Yay! You finally posted about this. I’ll be looking back on it at some point. And, you know, printing it out and giving it to David, since I don’t do much other than bake (and eat) in the kitchen. But, I’m still crazy excited about it. Crazy! Excited!

  11. Kristina said on October 27, 2010

    @Katherine – Thanks for the recs. I’m making lentils for him as we speak. Perhaps I’ll mix them with coconut so they’re a little sweet?

    @Ashleigh – Congrats! So exciting. I’ll definitely do a nursing top post. Glad to share what I’ve figured out over the last 8 months. Also, hate to break it to you, but I’m still wearing the same sad few pieces of clothing, because I still don’t fit comfortably into most of my pre-prego clothes. uggh. In fact, I gave most of them away. BUH-bye old self.

    @Rachel – I’ve definitely heard of that too. They’ve (“they’ve”, whoever they are) done studies that show that delaying food introduction really has no influence on allergies or overall health. But I sort of like that his diet is so pure at the moment!

    @Meg – Yes yes. Do tell DAVID.

  12. Francine Clouden said on October 29, 2010

    I think it’s wonderful that you are making your own baby food. We didn’t do purees but used a method called Baby Led Weaning and introduced Kieran to finger foods at 6 months old. Basically we just did child sized portions of our meals. Now at 18 months he eats what we eat and is willing to try any food we offer. (Not that he will eat it if he doesn’t like it!) He also loved guacamole and hummus from the beginning!

  13. logan said on December 14, 2010

    Hi Kristina, I have an 8 month old son and I was wondering where you buy these baby coconuts, and also, did you just give your son coconut by itself before mixing it in with other veggies?

    Also, how do you keep those pears in the picture from browning. I tried to make some tonight and they browned very quickly. Not nearly as pretty as yours…any tricks I should know about?

    and I was wondering, how do you freeze and store all the food you make.

    Thanks!

  14. Jiyoonie said on October 21, 2011

    my twins just turned 7 months old and I’ve been pretty liberal about what they eat. like you, we start with base foods and then add a little of whatever we’re eating (tri tip, fish, chicken, noodles…) they love it!

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