I introduced Taz to solids a few weeks ago. Since then she's tried cereal, sweet potatoes, parsnips, green beans, carrots and avocado. Parsnips are her favorite so far. I'm making all of her food (excluding cereal, which I use Happy Bellies organic brown rice cereal) and I'm having so much fun with it. I consider myself my baby’s personal chef even though not much cooking is involved. As you an see she's enjoying very much!
While I could just use a good old steamer and food processor to make Taz’s food I invested in the Beaba Babycook! I love that I can steam and puree with one compact machine. Call me lazy but I’d rather not have to first steam the veggies (I have a huge steamer) - and then use my food processor - and then have to wash all the parts. The one thing that would make the Babycook even better is if it was just a little bigger so that I could make bigger batches.
Yesterday morning I spent a couple of hours making food for the next two weeks. I made half while Taz was napping and I sat her in her high chair in the kitchen so she could observe while I finished the other half. Here is a photo of the freshly made sweet potatoes, parsnips, peas and carrots I made. I've included a short list below of some of my favorite things that I use to make Taz's baby food. I’m such a sucker for convenience and good information!
Stay-Fresh Reusable Baby Food Containers - I love that I can grab and go! The screw-on lids prevent leaks in my diaper bag. Also they are BPA free and freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe.
Annabel Karmel Freeze Cube Tray - Of course I could use regular ice trays but I bought these instead because they include lid and they’re BPA free. It’s a little tough getting the food out of the cubes sometimes but I just use a butter knife and gently carve around the frozen cube to get out.
First Meals & More, Top 100 Baby Purees and Super Baby Food are the three books I’m using as guides for introducing solids, recipe ideas and other suggestions on feeding. I also love the Wholesome Baby Food website and visit daily.
Munchkin Safety Spoons - They turn white if your baby’s food is too hot. I thought I would simply rely on the spoon to tell me if my baby’s food is too hot but I still like to test-taste before putting anything in my baby’s mouth. These spoons are the perfect shape for feeding.
Skip Hop Palate Plate Bowls - Just the perfect size for feedings. Includes a lid and the bowls are dishwasher and microwave safe.
Do you make your own baby food? Is there anything I should add to my list?