It’s time for your baby to try something other than milk, which can be exciting and intimidating all at the same time. You sit your baby up, put a bib on, and get the camera rolling. Only to find out that your baby spits out the first bite of food that you give them. This is the start of the food battle or does it have to be this hard? I found out that my baby did not like the jarred food (even organic) because it was not a familiar taste. Not even close. As soon as I started making her food and mixing milk with it she loved it.
The benefits of making your own baby food is it taste better, it is fresher, and there is less waste. What would you prefer orange concentrate or fresh squeezed orange juice? Most would say fresh squeezed. It is the same concept with home made baby food. The disadvantage is it does take a little longer to prepare than snapping a lid open, but it is not a long process. You do not need these special baby food processors, steamers or even the baby bullet. If you have a stove with burners and an oven and a regular blender you have everything you need. If you do not have a blender but you do have a food processor they are interchangeable.
The first rule of thumb is to relax and have fun with this new experience. It does not have to be stressful. Once you have relaxed, figuring out what to feed your baby for the first time will be fun. I suggest not starting with rice cereal. It has no nutritional value and some may say it’s child abuse to feed your baby this tasteless mush. The reason most people start with rice cereal is because it is a low allergen. Avocado is also a very low allergen food and is very easy on the stomach and does not require any thing but a knife and fork to serve. Add a little lemon for more flavor and to keep the color and you have a great meal.
My suggestion is to feed all vegetables first then go to fruits. Only because once your baby gets the sweet stuff first it will be very hard to get them to even open their mouth for veggies. Would you prefer apple pie or broccoli? In the beginning wait a few days between foods to make sure your little one is not allergic to that type of food. Once you know your baby is not allergic to that food you can add another. It is harder to detect which food your little one is allergic to when you give a bunch of new foods all at once. Don’t stress yourself out about which foods to feed unless you have a family history of food allergies. It is highly unlikely that your baby will have food allergies if there is no family history of them.
Once you have given single foods and have pretty much ruled out food allergies you can mix flavors and textures. The only hard part will be to find recipes to keep things interesting for your baby, but it really isn’t hard. Feed your baby what you are feeding yourself for dinner. Mash up something from your plate and let your baby go to town. When making dinner set aside a portion for your baby before adding salt or sugar. Mild spices are great for your baby to experience. You want your baby to eat what your eating so dinner time will not result in battles. Make the process fun and don’t force feed your baby. They know when they are hungry and not hungry. Dinner time is a great social experience so don’t ruin it with “you have to eat everything on your plate before you leave the table”.