I loved making food for Connor. It was our Sunday routine: grocery shop in the morning, come home for lunch and nap, wake up and get to cooking. Skinning, slicing, boiling, and then tossing it in the Baby Bullet to puree into mushy goodness. It was my way of making up for not being able to breastfeed him for very long. Plus it was a nice little Mommy and Me bonding thing, since I was working at that time and I missed him so much during the week day. I guess it was my way of making up for lost time.
Couple of added bonuses: it was so much cheaper than buying jars of baby food, and I knew exactly what he was eating everyday.
In the seven(ish) months that Connor was eating pureed food, I can remember at least three different news stories of various baby food companies recalling some of their jars for one reason or another. I'd always feel a wave of relief upon seeing those stories because I knew I didn't have to worry about that with Connor. I made his food, so there was no chance that someone in a factory or a warehouse somewhere could've contaminated my baby's food.
This time, with Kylar, I was not as streamlined with the process as I was before. I still made his food, but it was more of a "whenever we're running low" system, rather than having weeks of food stocked in the freezer. I think that's because I'm here with them all the time and I could make food on the spot (aside from breast milk) whenever we need it.
I did a lot of research on what he could eat and when with Connor, so it's definitely a lot easier this time. I actually made an entire board devoted to this research on Pinterest. I just needed to refresh my memory at the start of a new month with Kylar and see what sorts of things I could add to our grocery list just for him.
Their doctor recommends starting with veggies, because once you introduce fruit, it's hard to get them to like veggies. I completely agree. We started both boys with avocado. It's super healthy and isn't overwhelming with taste so it's an easy first food. Connor rejected rice cereal and oatmeal, but Kylar will eat rice cereal as long as it's mixed with breast milk. However, that just doesn't seem worth the effort to pump so we skipped that and went right into food when he was about five months old. We tried something new every other week, and then he would only eat that new item for a couple days to make sure he didn't have a reaction.
So far, Kylar has had avocado, banana, apple, and sweet potatoes. He enjoyed them all, but he loves bananas and sweet potatoes more than the other two. Up next, I'm going to figure out how to cook butternut squash and see what he thinks. I'll probably find a recipe or two for the rest of us to try it as well. Then pears after that. He'll be six months old in a couple weeks, and that will open up several more food options. I think we'll go with carrots first; they're yummy.
Once I found out which food he really liked, I started making combo dishes to encourage him to eat more veggies. For example: sweet potatoes and green beans. He may not like green beans, but the sweet potato flavor should hide it pretty well and get some healthy greens in his system.
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