Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Homemade Baby Food

Now that Esther is 6 months old we have started feeding her solid food. Actually, we started feeding her rice cereal at about 5 and 1/2 months but it took a couple weeks for her to get the hang of swallowing the food. Now that she has we are starting to introduce her to new foods. 

For a little while I researched and tried baby-led weaning, but after a few choking scares, and Esther getting frustrated because most of the foods were too slippery for her to hold, we decided that purees were the way to go for us. Maybe we'll revisit baby led feeding when she has better coordination and some teeth.

So far Esther seems to like most things we give her, she will at least eat a few bites before the gagging starts haha. We do buy baby food from the store, but I also made her some purees at home. It might seem kind of obvious how these are made, but since I had to google it I figured instructions might come in handy to someone out there. 


                                                      

Peaches:

2-3 peaches skinned and diced

1. If your peaches are not very ripe, you will need to boil them to get them softer and to make the skin come off easier. 
2. Place the diced peaches into a food processor and puree until they are the desired texture for your baby.
3. Scoop the peaches out of the food processor and into an ice cube tray. 
4. Freeze for 12 hours, then remove and place them in a zip-lock bag to store in your freezer. 
5. Heat for 10-20 seconds in the microwave to defrost, then serve :)


Carrots:

1 cup baby carrots or chopped carrots

1. Microwave carrots for 5 minutes with 2 tablespoons of water.
2. Put carrots in the food processor (without draining) and add 1/4-1/2 cup more water, depending on the consistency your baby likes. 
3. Scoop carrots into an ice cube tray and freeze for 12 hours. 
4. Remove carrots from tray and store in zip lock bag in freezer until you are ready to use them. 
5. Microwave 20-25 seconds to defrost. 

Esther was not a huge fan of the carrots, but she loves the peaches. I mix them with her rice cereal in the mornings and that way they aren't too sour for her. 







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