Adventures in Baby Food Making!
At Miss P’s 4-month checkup the pediatrician asked if I thought she was ready to start solids. This can be done as early as 4 months, but I wasn’t sure little miss was ready. The doctor told me when I felt ready that she recommended starting on single grain cereals like rice.
I decided to let her try it out when she was 5 months old. She had been watching us eat and looking really forlorn while her mouth mimicked our actions of opening, closing, and chewing. It was cute, and kinda sad.
I opted for oatmeal since I’d heard some things about arsenic and rice. I’m sure it’s nothing major and probably nothing to be worried about, but I just felt safer going with the oatmeal. I also thought if I had a choice between rice and oatmeal myself I would go for the oatmeal every time. She got the hang of eating from a spoon after a couple of days and has been enjoying oatmeal ever since.
As she approaches the 6 month mark I wanted to try some other foods. I’d read that avocado was a good starting point so I got one, mashed it up with a little breastmilk and she gobbled it down like a pro. Avocado = successful.
Over the next weekend we went to the farmer’s market and I picked out a couple more avocados and brought them home. I put the meat of a whole one in my bullet blender with about 3 oz of breastmilk and blended it to a creamy consistency. Part of it went in a bowl for feeding right then, and the rest went into a small ice cube tray in the freezer.
This is what it looks like after being frozen:
I just pop a couple of these in the steamer and warm them up to feed her. She loves it.
I love that the addition of breastmilk makes it more creamy, more nutritious AND keeps it from turning brown. She didn’t finish her first serving at lunch so I popped a lid on it and put it in the fridge and when I took it out for dinner it was still creamy, green and delicious (yes, I tasted it!).
Up next: sweet potatoes!