Mommy Thoughts: Baby Food

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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And the smile once he gets it in his mouth is pretty priceless. There is usually an adorable giggle/semi-meniacle laugh as well.

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Here’s a list of the foods Dylan has tried:

Basic Foods :

  • Apples with Cinnamon
  • Carrots
  • Sweet Potato with Thyme
  • Pears
  • Zucchini
  • Green Beans
  • Squash
  • Banana
  • Peach
  • Avocado
  • Chicken
  • Mango

Cool Combos:

  • Fall Superpower Puree
  • Mango + Kale + Pear + Ginger
  • Apple + Blueberries
  • Roasted Banana & Blueberries
  • Roasted Strawberry & Pear with Cinnamon (THE best smelling good ever!)

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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.

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