Time To Eat!

A few words about first foods
Watching me, watching you!
At this point, you have surely noticed that your baby loves looking at you and is watching everything you do! It’s only a matter of time before your little one is going to want to give that eating thing a try!

 

What, When, and How to Start Solids!
As soon as your baby is showing an interest in food, go ahead and give her a taste! Babies usually start showing an interest in food some time around five months old. It is best to start one food at a time and continue with that food for several days before introducing another. Babies should be given whole foods that do not have any added sugar or salt (or chemicals/preservatives/fillers.) It was once very common to start babies on rice cereal and feed it exclusively for a time. This is a food option that you can give to your baby, but it is not necessary to feed your baby rice cereal (or other hot cereals) especially if you are still nursing. Prunes are a good source of iron as an alternative to rice cereal.

 

Best Baby Food!
Making baby food at home is the best for your baby and it is fairly quick to do (especially if you own a food processor or blender.) Simply dice the fruit or vegetable (peeled if skins do not soften from cooking, e.g. apples, pears, potatoes,) steam until soft, cool, puree or mash, then serve or store in the refrigerator in a glass container, or freeze using food-grade silicone ice cube trays for convenient pre-portioned meals. Please be sure to use your refrigerated baby food within 48 hours, and your frozen baby food within 3 months.

 

 

First Food Ideas!
  • Apple (pureed)
  • Banana (mashed)
  • Peas (pureed)
  • Pear (pureed)
  • Carrot (pureed)
  • Yam (pureed)
  • Squash (pureed)
When making purees, add 1/2 cup water, unsweetened apple juice, or breast milk to get a smooth consistency. One yam will make approximately 3, 1/4 up servings.

 

Convenience Is Key Sometimes!
If you don’t have time to make your own baby food, do not feel bad about buying baby food! There are a lot of different options for store-bought baby food including organic brands. Glass jars are the best option for your baby’s health and for the environment. While baby food pouches are convenient (and in some cases the only option,) they are made of plastic so they may contain BPAs and/or chemical liners and they are not recyclable. If you do buy squeezable pouches, it is recommended to still serve your baby’s food using a spoon.

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