If you’ve been a long time reader of Rachel Cooks (and I’m talking lonnnnnng time), you’re probably thinking, wait…didn’t Rachel cover the topic of homemade baby food already? Yep — but it is time for a refresher course. If you have no interest in this topic whatsoever, I apologize in advance because we’re going to be talking about it all week. Come on back next week for adult food. However, you might want to stop in on tomorrow and Saturday, I’ll be hosting some pretty awesome giveaways that aren’t only for baby food preparation…

Homemade Baby Food: The Basics | RachelCooks.com

Looking back on my previous post about homemade baby food, I covered the basics pretty well. If you want more details, check out that post. With that said, this will be a quick review and I’ll mention a few things I may be doing differently with baby #2…little man N.

I should start by saying, I am not a pediatrician nor a dietitian. Check with your doctor before introducing solids and definitely use this only as a rough guideline. Always trust your gut and do your research.

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Why Make Your Own Baby Food?

  • Money saving. 50 cents might not seem like much for a jar of baby food but it adds up when you’re feeding a hungry little baby.
  • Control/Quality. Organic? Go for it. Local produce? Easy! Want to introduce some texture? No problem!
  • Variety. Have you ever seen parsnips in a jar at the store? I didn’t think so. Parsnips were one of my daughter’s favorite foods.
  • Freshness. You can make sure your baby is getting the freshest possible food by making your own.
  • Flavor. Add in spices, roast your vegetables before pureeing, the possibilities are endless. I truly believe this leads to a less picky eater.

comparision of baby food

When Do You Introduce Solids?

  • Ask your pediatrician. With both of my kids, I waited until they were 6 months old. Until then, they were solely breastfed. Some people introduce solids at 4 months. It is dependant on the baby, the pediatrician, and the parent.
  • Breastmilk and/or formula should remain the #1 source of nutrition. Solid food doesn’t replace milk. I always nurse first, then feed my baby solids.
  • Introduce new foods one at a time so that you can be alert for signs of allergies. Space out the introduction of new foods by 3-4 days. With my daughter, I was kind of nuts about this. I used a calendar and specifically kept track. With N, I’ve been a little more lax, but I’ll be more careful when I start adding foods which commonly cause reactions.
  • First foods? I’m pretty by the book, so I started with rice cereal. It’s also what my doctor recommended. Other common first foods are banana, avocado, and sweet potato.

Signs of a Food Allergy:

If you think your baby is allergic to a food, contact your doctor. Some things to look for are hives, sneezing, wheezing, vomiting, diarrhea, pale skin or lightheadedness. If several of these happen at once, by all means — call 911! You know your baby better than anyone else. Trust your gut.

Techniques:

I’ll go further into detail this week, but here is what it boils (no pun intended!) down to:

What is coming this week:

Monday: Vegetables + Giveaway!
Tuesday: Fruit
Wednesday: Protein
Thursday: Baby Led Weaning Overview (guest post)
Friday: Feeding Your Toddler (guest post)
Saturday: Recap + Giveaway!
Sunday: I’ll be taking a long nap, you?

More Homemade Baby Food Resources:

WholesomeBabyFood.com: Very comprehensive website.
Top 100 Baby Pureesby Annabel Karmel
Smitten Kitchen
Weelicious
AAP Guidelines
Cookbook for Weaners

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