I am late on my post this week as this was supposed to go up on Monday to start my Motherhood Mondays blog topic, but as with most things with #2under2, I am 2 days late. Anyway— I am at it again, making more baby food for my growing little Lola. This week I did bananas, carrots, peaches and broccoli. She has already been ok with spinach and the banana and last night I combined them for a tasty dinner. I usually add some rice cereal to make the puree thicker. I wanted to give out a free download of a list you can use as a guide when introducing your baby to solids. It hangs nicely on the front of a fridge so you keep up to date with a new food every 3 days. Also below is a quick do’s and dont’s of baby food making and introducing baby to solids.
• Do use ice cube trays to freeze puréed foods. Each cube should be about one ounce. Once frozen, pop out the cubes, store in a sealed plastic bag, and use within two months.
• Do discard unfinished meals. Bacteria forms quickly.
• Do introduce new foods at the rate of one per week, so you can pinpoint any allergies.
• Do make sure your child has accepted most vegetables and fruits before trying any meats.
• Do steam or microwave vegetables and fruits to retain as much vitamins and minerals as possible, as opposed to boiling.
• Do use as thinners: water left from steaming, breast milk, formula, cow’s milk, yogurt, broth, or apple juice.
• Do use as thickeners: wheat germ, whole-grain cereal, cottage cheese, farmer cheese, cooked egg yolks, yogurt, mashed white or sweet potato.