Baby food & toddlers…

15 Aug

Dave has been wanting me to write a post about how I made Ella’s baby food, and since I’m short on good stories this week, here it is!

I decided to make Ella’s baby food instead of buying it for several reasons, but the main reason is cost.  It is much, much cheaper to make pureed foods than to buy 14-21 (or more) jars of baby food per week.  After consulting with a few friends and a great website, I had a pretty good idea of how to make pureed foods and the best foods to choose for which stages of Ella’s development.  Let me note that Ella started solids at a little over 6 months old and she did not like rice cereal, which is what many babies start with, and usually at 4 months.  

Ella’s first few meals with solid foods included avocado, squash, and sweet potato.  We did wait in between feeding her new foods to see if there was any reaction.  We never had any issues until the eggs this past weekend.  I should also say that I was pretty picky about feeding Ella organic fruits and vegetables (and still am) because it is so much better for little bodies to process un-pesticized foods.  Yes, it was a bit more expensive to buy her food at Whole Foods, but when you are buying $15 worth of produce for 2 or more weeks of baby food, it is still much cheaper than pre-made.

As Ella started eating solid foods more frequently (dinner first, then we added lunch, then breakfast), I would make a couple different fruits and vegetables, sometimes combos, in the food processor once every couple of weeks and then freeze the puree in ice cube trays.  These little chunks are easily defrosted in the microwave. 

Some of Ella’s favorite dishes were:

- Apples with blueberries

- Sweet potatoes

- Blueberry pears

- Mango

- Carrots with peas

- Eggplant

- Squash

Any questions about this topic…please ask!

Funny Ella Kate story of the week:  She thinks she is entering a strongman competition soon.  She carries around the heaviest and largest things she can.  Also, she now has 4 teeth and she uses them to let us know when she is p-o’ed.  And she loves her new rocking chair from Great Grandma!  I just hope she doesn’t fall off anymore and get more bumps on her head.  Oh, toddler-hood, how you have arrived!

2 Responses to “Baby food & toddlers…”

  1. Maggie August 16, 2008 at 10:16 pm #

    This is so cool. Do you still have links to the websites you consulted? I would like to find out more. I’m not sure I would ever have the time to do this but it is interesting to learn. Maybe you could do a blog on parenting books you have consulted, pros/cons, etc. Looking forward to hearing more. When I am having a bad day, I drop by the blog and get a little boost hearing about all of the fun you are having! I don’t know. Call it living vicariously!

  2. Becca August 16, 2008 at 11:00 pm #

    I linked to the one I consulted most often in the post…it’s wholesomebabyfood.com
    I will think about the book post, though I’m actually kind of a lazy reader when it comes to that kind of thing. I’ll put it on the to-do list!
    I’m glad I can keep someone entertained by my crazy life.

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