Friday, April 19, 2013

Seven Easy First Foods for Baby

Baby food is widely available and I'll admit, I do use it.  It's convenient to have a jar handy to throw in the diaper bag when I'm out for the day, and if it hasn't been opened, it can stay in there, unrefrigerated, until I need it.  Buying canned baby food all the time can get pricy though, so I tend to feed my son a lot of simple foods I've prepared at home.  In the early stages, simple, pureed foods are perfect first foods for baby.  

Equipment:  There are a lot of baby food tools and accessories out there, but to be honest the only ones I have are some small storage cubes and a small baby-size popsicle tray.  The rest I make using what I have at home. 

Remember that babies need very little food to fill their tummies, especially at first.  Consult your physician to make sure that your baby is ready for food before trying any of these foods.

Seven simple first food ideas for baby:

1- Mashed Banana: Ripe bananas are easy to mash with a fork until smooth.  Add some breast milk or baby formula is a smoother consistency is needed. 

2- Mashed Avocado:  Not all adults like avocado, but most babies love it.  Smooth, with a very light taste, it's the perfect first food.  Buy avocadoes that are very ripe to make them easier to mash with a fork. 

3- Steamed & Pureed Carrots: Carrots can be steamed in a steamer, or in a basket or colander over a pot of water.  Wash, peel & chop carrots.  Steam, and puree in a blender, adding water to thin consistency. 

4- Baked & Pureed Butternut Squash: Cut in half and remove seeds.  Bake in a 375F oven in a baking dish with an inch of water until cooked through, approx. 30-40 min.  When cool enough to handle, scoop out flesh and puree in a blender with some water to thin. 

5- Steamed & Pureed Sweet Potato: Wash, peel and chop potato into cubes and steam.  When soft, puree with some water to thin.

6- Pumpkin Puree: Follow instructions for squash, or buy plain, organic puree in baking aisle.  **Not pumpkin pie filling, but plain puree.

7- Stewed & Pureed Peaches: Wash and peel skin from peaches.  Cut in half to remove pit and cut flesh of peach into peaches.  In a pot over medium heat, stew peaches in enough water to just barely cover them until soft.  Puree until smooth. 

Storage: With the exception of banana and avocado, I like to make a batch of food to save some for later.  1 squash or pumpkin can yield a lot of baby food at very little cost.  Freezing is my method of choice to storing extra baby food.  I but storage cubes with a tray that can be stacked in the freezer, but they're not necessary.  Small storage bags work great, as does freezing the food in an ice cube tray, then popping out the cubes and storing them in larger, labeled freezer bags. 

1 comment :

  1. Awesome list! :) I'm going to bookmark it to show my new mommy friends. Great work!