I absolutely fell off the Baby’s 1st Bites train. I was gung-ho on it for a brief time, and while Lil’ Abner is still indeed getting her fill of homemade food, I’ve been re-miss to share all my recipes, tips and secrets.
My big fat secret as to why? It’s all because she basically eats what we eat. No special baby food for her – thankfully she hopped right into baby-led weaning and hasn’t looked back since.
So to those momma’s who are overwhelmed with the thought of making your own baby food, don’t be. If you’re not fearful of skipping the purees, or are at least adventurous enough to try, I highly recommend it. That given, not all babies dig it, my 1st definitely didn’t, but we all know that no two babies are alike.
Once we had run through all the food groups, waiting around 3 or 4 days to make sure Abby didn’t have an allergic reaction, we transitioned smoothly into cutting up small bit of our meals to share with her. Whenever we’re eating something that she can’t have yet, we always make sure to have easy, nutritional no-cook solutions on hand like avocados and bananas. Sweet potatoes is another go-to, which since I’m giving away tips here – you can prep in abundance by cutting into wedges or fries and freezing them before cooking! I took simple joy in taking a bag out of the freezer at lunch-time to defrost in accompaniment to our dinner of turkey burgers on thin buns. Which will of course host all the fixin’s: dishes of tomatoes, caramelized onions and shrooms, avocados, pickles.
Want another hot tip? Yeah you do. Smoothies are your friend. Make them green ones, with lots of spinach or broccolli or kale, disguised with carrots, mango, bananas, pineapple, and almond milk. Whatever healthy business your brain can muster up, with combinations that aren’t gross. Berries if you are doing them after 9 months and not waiting until a year. Add to yogurt, or oatmeal, or quinoa…so easy and you’ll be sure that your little one is getting all the nutrients they need.
On a personal note: Pickles. Pickles. Pickles. Oh how our little girl loves her some pickles. Give her a one and she is in baby bliss for longer than any with any other food, any other activity, any other anything. While they may be tempting to give to her at meals to have a more peaceful go of it, (remember we have a toddler at the table too), we keep the pickle serving to about once a week since they are loaded with salt. We’ve tried cucumber sticks, which she digs, but not so much as the pickles. I think a large part of it is that she’s teething, and having a majorly rough go of it at that – so gnawing on them is soothing.
What are some of your baby’s favourite foods and snacks?
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