Hey future parents I have a great tip for you. Ever thought about making your baby’s food? No shade to Gerbers and nem but homemade is always the way to go!!! As new parents we tend to want pure, organic, blessed by Jesus, Mary and Joeseph foods for our children LOL, then they come, and reality sets in, your tired of breastfeeding & pumping, you’re back at work and life gets in the way then guilt sets in because you’re reaching more and more for the pre-packaged stuff *sigh*. Anyone feel me? Hands anyone 🙋🏾. I get it. Let CocktailsnChatter ease your mind s bit.
Well luckily I have a Martha Stewart type for a mother in law who was the first 10 years ago to bring to my attention that I WAS NOT FEEDING HER GRANDCHILD the pre-packaged stuff. I was going to be cooking her grandchild’s food. Yes I looked at her ten different kinds of crazy and was like “mom ain nobody got time for that and I found a couple of organic sites that cater to babies diets”. Well based off this post you know who won that debate.
It really was easier than I thought and of course healthier. As the time neared for me to give birth, we went grocery shopping and she bought chicken tenders, veggies, sweet potatoes, a basic blender, fruit a small bottle of formula and we went back to the house and got started. She baked a couple of chicken breasts and sweet potatoes, boiled spinach & peas with a less than 1/2 tsp of Better Than Bouillon chicken base and baked a few apple and pineapple slices. Guess what? About 45 min later we had the food on the counter and she began instructing me on what to do.
The chicken I let cool for a few min. added it to the blender with a little formula (which we only used because my breast milk wasn’t yet available) and blended to a smooth consistency. The next breast I pulsed to a more textured consistency…she wanted me to know the different stages of food textures for the different stages of their diet. The veggies which were bought fresh but frozen can be used was basically done the same way. Now dessert was so tasty I was eating it straight out the oven but again you can use with or w/o breast milk or formula but blend/pulse to the appropriate consistency for your baby’s age.
Organic meats, fruits and veggies are great but 1. Just because it says organic doesn’t mean a damn thing! Research the company 2. Don’t freak out if you don’t go that route. Buy what you can afford. The goal is to make sure you are controlling the ingredients and taking out all those preservatives! Of course educate yourself on when babies should start on foods and watch and listen to your baby they’ll let you know if they like something or not. Their palate will work just fine. Mine hated berries but loved melons…she made that very clear by the face full of berries I would have when I snuck it into her food and she detected it LOL. Oh yeah, I also bought fresh prunes and apricots would simmer them just til tender, blend and mix in with other fruits. Please pay attention to food allergies! If you suspect anything STOP and consult a doctor immediately.
Next we took freezer safe zip locs and all the gerber foods jars/containers I received as gifts from my baby shower dumped the food out and filled about 2 weeks worth of food in them. No I did not go out and buy fancy tupperware or containers. Also I’m guessing for portion control and/or space I see ice trays being used…GENIUS! Anyhoo, I couldn’t believe it! Yes 2 weeks worth! Simple and easy right? Also the peace of mind knowing exactly what my kid was going to be eating and it was made with love. My cooking routine was usually on Sundays and when it was all said and done maybe 1hr 1/2 worth of my time…small price to pay for a healthier start in life.
Ok will your baby fold up in a knot if you feed them the shelf stuff? NO! Are you a bad mom/dad if you choose to go with the pre-packaged stuff? NO! However giving our babies the best start is EV VA REE THANG! My mother in law gave me a gift money couldn’t buy so I’m forever thankful and nowadays there’s fancy machines and cookbooks and websites to hold your hand through this process but listen at the end of the day, common sense and trial & error will always teach you what you need to know, so don’t be scared.
Ok maternal hour is over… So let’s toast to parenting *clink*. What parenting tips do you have for future parents? Did you make your baby’s’ food? If so what recipes do you rock with? Please LIKE-SHARE-COMMENT
Carrots, Beets prunes, apricots, spinach, peas, sweet potatoes, mangos, berries, pineapples, apples, chicken (I fell in love with bags of chicken tenders), turkey, fish, Lima, kidney beans and black eyed peas (I did beans around 1 y.o.) . While these are just suggestions, make sure foods are age appropriate, research and consult your pediatrician.