Thursday, April 14, 2011

Pure & Natural: Homemade Baby Food

Three months ago, when we got the word from Otto's pediatrician that we could start him on solid food, there wasn't a doubt in our minds that we would make our own. And our pediatrician was very pleased with our decision. Not only would we be feeding Otto the most natural way, but he also told us manufactured food can cost upwards of $8.00/lb...and that's not even organic!

Three months later, I can't imagine feeding Otto any other way. My mother had given us a bullet blender, which has a special grinding blade. The appliance itself is so tiny and cute...perfect size for churning out micro batches of baby food! Not only do we know exactly what's in our baby food, but we can customize the texture for our new lil' eater. And while I purchased some fancy glass 1-cup containers with lids, my favourite method of storage is old fashioned Bell jelly jars with twisty tops. The perfect system.

Fresh batch of butternut squash . . .ready for Otto!
Otto couldn't be happier. There's not a single food he's tried, that he hasn't loved. Here's the current ongoing list of Otto's foods:

** butternut squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, apples, pears, spinach, zucchini, mangos, nectarines, green peas, string beans, peaches, asparagus **

We follow the four day rule, to test for allergies (introduce a new food, then wait four days for an allergic reaction before introducing the next new food). So his list is still growing! Although I'm not sure if we'll see meat on there anytime soon. I am a vegetarian, and as for Otto...well he's still on the fence.

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