I’ve really been enjoying making baby food for Dylan. It’s been fun to try lots of different fruits, veggies, and herbs! I’m obsessed with the blog Baby Foode – it’s been so inspiring to see what combos they feature on their blog and also dream up some of my own.
Dylan has been such a trooper with the different flavors. There hasn’t been one thing that he’s refused to eat. The other night I tried the Mango + Kale + Ginger recipe from Baby Foode…but I think I went a little too ginger heavy. He still ate it but I think if I gave it to him again I would mix it with a solid mango cube or some oatmeal.
I’ve been able to spend time during his afternoon naps once or twice a week to make some food as needed. Everything is either steamed or roasted, so it’s pretty easy to get components done simultaneously. Once Dylan wakes up, I throw the cooked and cooled veggies or fruits into the NutriBullet.
We got the bullet a year ago and it’s been so useful. We use it for making smoothies and they are always super smooth and creamy – and now to also use it for baby food! We couldn’t be happier with it. Once the components are blended up, I spoon the purees into an ice cube tray. I bought these from Amazon and it’s been great for the baby food. The silicone tray allows me to pop the cubes out easily and they are the perfect size.
To serve these, I grab two cubes out of the freezer per meal. This serving size seems to be enough for Dylan right now. It was a little more than the 2.5oz that were in the Gerber 1st foods – probably closer to the amount in the 2nd foods.
I recently made roasted blueberry and banana and the flavor of two cubes seemed a little intense. (It also turns his face violet from him smooshing it all over!) So this time I used a decent amount of oatmeal cereal and one cube. This toned down the flavor and intensity of the food and Dylan seemed to really like it.
At the end of his meal – after his face gets a good wipe down – Dylan gets a few Puffs. He hasn’t quite gotten the pincer motion down yet, he gets the Puff in his hand and just kind of keeps them there. Which Rocky really enjoys since a few always wind up on the floor. To eat them, I put a Puff in between my pointer and middle finger and he grabs my fingers and pulls the puff to his mouth. It’s pretty adorable.
And the smile once he gets it in his mouth is pretty priceless. There is usually an adorable giggle/semi-meniacle laugh as well.
Here’s a list of the foods Dylan has tried:
Basic Foods :
- Apples with Cinnamon
- Sweet Potato with Thyme
- Green Beans
- Fall Superpower Puree
- Mango + Kale + Pear + Ginger
- Apple + Blueberries
- Roasted Banana & Blueberries
- Roasted Strawberry & Pear with Cinnamon (THE best smelling good ever!)
I’ve also experimented with different combos of Basic cubes. It makes it really easy to mix foods – Chicken and Carrots? EASY! I’ve also found this is helpful to help with digestion. All Carrot was a little too much for D so it was easy to adjust that by mixing one cube of Carrot and one cube of a fruit.