Can someone who has been down the puree route help me out? I have quite a few questions which will seem blindingly obvious to someone who has already done it!
I live the Belgium and the advice here sometimes differs to that in the UK/US and I don’t always agree with it.
This advice all comes from the health visitor/ped book that I was given at my 4 month visit. DD is nearly 6 months and I want to try her on purees soon. Up until now she has only had one taste of avocado a month ago, she wasn't ready then but I think she is now.
According to this wonderful book they don’t recommend freezing freshly made baby food! I wanted to start making a supply now to freeze to make things easier. To have to wash, chop, steam and blend a tiny portion every day seems nuts. They don’t recommend using a blender because it mixes too much air in the food, but to me this seems the easiest, I have a used baby cook steamer/blender which I would like to use.
They recommend formula babies start with fruit at 4 months and breast fed babies with vegetables at 6 months because they don’t have enough iron. I have been EPing and supplementing but DD will be formula fed from 6 months.
They say that a 'classic' fruit puree is ¼ apple, ¼ banana, ¼ orange juice and ¼ baby cookie powder for thickening. I thought it would be better if it was pretty runny? I wanted to offer just pure fruit or veg before offering some combinations.
They say to start with a few spoons and work up to 150g. With vegetable puree they say the classic dish is 2/3 vegetables and 1/3 potatoes or rice. They recommend a coffee spoon of olive oil be mixed in for some extra fat. They say o offer water out of a cup while she is eating the puree and that babies should learn to drink out of a cup at 6-8 months. I'm worried about giving her too much water and that she won't drink her milk after-wards.
These foods may be introduced after 6 months…
Half a cooked egg (including the white) potatoes, aubergine, cauliflower, broccoli, courgette, pumpkin, beetroot, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, new potatoes, avocado, mushrooms, peas, parsnip, leeks, green beans, apple, banana, lemon, kiwi, mandarins, mango, nectarine, pear, peach, grapefruit, plums, oranges, strawberry, apricot, berries, papaya, passion fruit, rhubarb, turkey, chicken, beef, pork, to-foe, white fish, salmon, egg, rice, maize, wheat, oats and spelt.
So DD is on 5 bottles a day, 8.00, 11.30, 14.30, 17.30, 19.45 so I’m thinking I should offer the puree at 11.30 followed by her milk? How long should you keep offering milk after the puree, until she just doesn’t want it? When should she be getting two meals a day? When should she be getting something other than milk at breakfast?
I found some good tips on this site http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/ They do say that you can freeze freshly made baby food and they recommend using ice cube trays. This seems really good for just grabbing out how much you need each day and would be handy if I do want to give different combinations of food.
The book says... ‘fruit and vegetables have different nutrient values and can’t replace each other. With a warm meal give your baby fresh vegetables and a lot of variation. You can give some applesauce with the meal but not too often’. So if I should only be offering veg when on earth does she get fruit?
This book from the health visitor just seems to be over complicating things but on the other hand I don’t want DD to go short for anything. If anyone has some tips or guidelines for me I would be so grateful. This is this most confused I have been so far on this journey and I will probably have some more questions soon! Thank you...