Hello, my name is Michele and I am the founder of the baby food blog - Baby FoodE, which means that I am overly obsessed with making (and eating) baby food! My philosophy on making baby food is simple - use fresh in-season organic produce mixed with a dash of spices and herbs to create delicious purees that your baby (and yourself) will devour. Healthy eating habits start early and the more you expose your baby's pallet to a variety of vegetables, fruits, wholesome grains and good for you fats, the more they will continue to eat a variety of foods as they get older. Not to mention the more nutrient dense and colorful your baby's diet is the more their brains will develop, their bones will grow and their internal organs and digestive system will thrive.
So let's start at the beginning -
WHEN IS YOUR LITTLE ONE READY FOR PUREES?
There is no exact age that determines if your baby is ready for puree foods but generally babies are ready between 4-6 months of age. Watch and listen to your baby, they will give you the signs you need to know if they are ready or not for puree's.
- Can your baby sit up?
- Is your baby able to hold her head and neck in an upright position?
- Does your baby reach for or eye your food while you are eating?
- Is she hungry more often and not satisfied with her normal amount of breast milk or formula?
- Has her birth weight doubled?
- Is she able to keep purees in her mouth and not let it dribble out?
If you answered yes to most of the questions above, then congratulations, your baby is ready to begin the fun adventure of eating! If not, don't worry, your baby will get there one day soon.
NOW BRING ON THE FOOD:
There is no right or wrong puree to try first, but for allergy reasons I would recommend starting with a one food puree not a mixture of two or more different food purees. Try to keep it easy and simple. After they master these starter purees, they will have plenty of time to become adventurous
Mashed up Avocado
Cooked Egg Yolk
Apples + Cinnamon
Carrots + Nutmeg
Homemade Rice Cereal
Homemade Oat Cereal
Mashed up Banana
Sweet Potato + Curry
6 Organic Apples
1/2 cup water
1/4 to 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Wash, peel, core and roughly chop apples. Place apples, water and cinnamon in a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until you can smash the apples down with the back of a wooden spoon. Stir occasionally. Let cool. Transfer all ingredients into a blender and puree for 30-60 seconds or until smooth.
2 Organic Medium Zucchini
1 1/2 cup Frozen or Fresh Organic Peas
8 Mint Leaves
Wash, trim zucchini of the top root section and slice into 3" pieces. Place zucchini in a steam pot and steam over boiling water for 5 minutes. Take steamer basket off heat and let cool. Add peas to the water you used in the steamer basket and heat on low for 3-5 minutes. Strain. Add peas, zucchini and mint to blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
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