I started my little guy on solids when he was about 6 months old. It’s when the pediatrician recommended we start and also when he let us know he was ready. Prior to that time we could hold him and eat whatever we wanted. That changed when we were driving back to Chicago after Christmas. We stopped to eat lunch and Chris was holding Brooks in his lap. Everytime that Chris took a bite, Brooks tried to swipe the food off of his plate or out of his hand. It was then that I knew he was ready. When we got back to Chicago I made Brooks his first food: sweet potato. I did it the old fashion way. I peeled it, cut it into pieces, and baked it in foil for 30-45 minutes. When it was done I let it cool a bit and then put it in the food processor with a bit of my breast milk. While the end result was great, I have to admit that it was an arduous task. Not only did it take over an hour but I had to clean the food processor (which I hate). When we got down to Miami I broke out the babycook and I can honestly say that I love it! It takes 15 minutes to steam just about anything and you puree the food in the same container so clean up is a cinch. I sound like a commercial but I honestly don’t think I would still be making his food if I didn’t have this thing. A few times a week I’ll make a new fruit or vegetable and freeze it.
If I plan ahead for the next day, I’ll take out whatever I’m going to feed him and let it defrost in the fridge overnight. If not, I just pop a few cubes in the microwave to defrost and warm them. Beware though, these little cubes heat up fast so do 10 second increments and be sure to stir the food in between.
So far he’s tried sweet potatoes, green beans, green peas, carrots, yellow squash, butternut squash, beets (super messy!! see below), potatoes, asparagus, apples, pear, and mango. Obviously banana and avocado are also really easy choices and he loves them both.
We haven’t gotten into more complex foods yet but I’ve been reading recipes and we are getting close so I’ll keep you posted.
For now, happy baby food making!