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So, some moms I know IRL spend quite a bit of time making baby food by pureeing different veggies, storing in the freezer, etc. I always have just planned to give dd soft finger foods at first - yam, avacado, etc. and then give her what we're eating. (I'm also excited about how this is a great motivator to me to eat healthier than I do now.)

Am I being unrealistic? Is there any need to give her different stuff than we have? And is there any point to baby cereal?

BTW, my dd isn't started on solids yet and won't be for at least another month.
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We skipped the baby food stage altogether and went straight to finger foods and self-feeding at 10 months.

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I had all these grand plans about making baby food, and I did - maybe three times I even planted a garden this summer so I could freeze food. Now I am pretty much too lazy to make anything. I just cut things small and squish it a bit between my fingers to make sure its not too chunky. Sometimes I chew up a bit of something (like raw veggies) and feed him that (I feel like we're birds!)

Despite exhortions to put my ds on pablum at 10 days from my parents, at 8 and a half months, he gets one serving of food, most days. It depends what I'm doing.
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No baby food here either. We just give dfs teeny, tiny bites of what we are eating. Food can also be squashed just a little with a fork as you are doing the feeding or pre-chewed (the easiest way) a bite or two if you are really concerned about a particular food.

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We totally use commercial baby foods. For us they're not nearly the expense everyone warned us in horrified tones that they'd be; also, frankly, with such an active high-needs baby, no way am I spending my precious time making baby food when there are so many well-prepared & organic choices out there. I thought we'd start with soft finger foods too but our food-demandin', puree-lovin', high-gaggin' son had other ideas. There are strong negative opinions about & bad experiences with baby cereal for sure but I can only tell you that ours has also enjoyed that immensely, especially oats.

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For Maia I spent 2 hours in the kitchen one day and made about 6 weeks worth of peas, beans, and sweet potatoes, . Froze it in ice cube trays and that was it. We started at 6 months (I also mashed banana, ripe pears, peaches, and avacado as she needed it. ) We also used canned pumpkin (without the spices, but a $1.99 can gave me about 20 servings which I froze) after 6-8 weeks of the chunky purees she was on finger foods or eating from out plate. I plan on the same for Sage, but we will wait until she is over 7 months to start as she was 7 weeks early and I have Crohn's disease so we are workign on keeping a virgin gut for as long as I can.
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Nope, you're not unrealistic! It is SO much easier than a)buying over-priced tiny jars of food or b) spending forever cooking, blending, freezing and cleaning. I went straight to table foods with ds #2...he didn't like unseasoned stuff so we kinda skipped soft-cooked finger foods, now he just eats whatever I make as long as it's not a choking hazard or possible allrgen.

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I plan on using jarred food and food off of our dinner table. My older kids arte the baby cereal for a little while and this one will too.

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We totally use commercial baby foods. For us they're not nearly the expense everyone warned us in horrified tones that they'd be; also, frankly, with such an active high-needs baby, no way am I spending my precious time making baby food when there are so many well-prepared & organic choices out there. I thought we'd start with soft finger foods too but our food-demandin', puree-lovin', high-gaggin' son had other ideas. There are strong negative opinions about & bad experiences with baby cereal for sure but I can only tell you that ours has also enjoyed that immensely, especially oats.

That's us too My ds loves the pureed food, I've made my own but can't nearly get it as smooth, and he's a huge gag reflex, so its organic/jarred for him..he 's his cereal too!!!

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I absolutely do not make baby food. I am way too lazy and unorganized to even imagine doing such a thing. As my babies start solids, I mush a little of whatever I happen to be eating with a fork or my fingers and let them have that.
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Thanks for all the replies, mamas! It's so helpful to hear what other people have done when deciding what to try first with my dd.
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After going through the introduction to solids with dd I think that baby food is the biggest rip-off out there. I think babies are not ready for soilds until they can feed themselves. Period. Cereal is nasty and worthless. I don't think that babies are designed to be spoon fed at all. Maybe a tiny taste here and there- beyond that they're designed to feed themselves.

I do make some "baby food" I steam veggies and freeze them in small portions - like I make sweet potato sticks that she loves and things of that sort. Mashed crap? Forget it.

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I'm actually returning my baby food processor this week, I don't have the time. So far I've given the "crappy jar's", as Great Grandma gave them to me. I figure, by the time he samples everything, he'll eat finger foods..

*******since we're on the topic, anyone try the "safe feeders" you know the mesh bags that hold whole veggies and fruit that the babe sucks thru the mesh? I know my nephew is more impressed by tossing it on the ground. anyone have info before I buy...
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With my first (twin girls) I bought a food processor and those ice cube trays with lids. I had my Super Baby Food book out and was ready to go. I did one big batch of sweet potatoes. That was the only time that food processor ever got used.

It is wonderful if you can manage it time wise, it was just hard for me.

We ended up using Earth's Best Organic -- whole grain cereals and organic baby food. Along with things we would just mush up like bananas, avocados, etc.

I'll probably just use Earth's Best again with this baby.

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I'm actually returning my baby food processor this week, I don't have the time. So far I've given the "crappy jar's", as Great Grandma gave them to me. I figure, by the time he samples everything, he'll eat finger foods..

*******since we're on the topic, anyone try the "safe feeders" you know the mesh bags that hold whole veggies and fruit that the babe sucks thru the mesh? I know my nephew is more impressed by tossing it on the ground. anyone have info before I buy...
I have the mesh teethers, and my dd really liked them when she was younger. The first thing we used the teether for was momsicles (frozen breastmilk in little cubes) when we were trying to find ways to hold dd off from solids. When she started teething quite a lot around 6.5 months, we froze pureed fruits in ice cube trays and gave her those to chew. We still use them occasionally for frozen grapes (dd loves them), but she has two teeth and I don't want her to tear a hole in them.

The biggest downside is that they're kind of a pain to clean.

Wow, so thinking back, I guess we didn't use them all *that* much, maybe actively for 3 months? I think we bought two of them for $5 at Target.
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My daughter's just started solids. I bought a food mill today, but I haven't made any baby food yet. She's eating the Earth's Best organic jarred foods, and organic brown rice cereal from Earth's Best.

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we've just done the soft finger foods. my older kids were both late solid starters and so they were able to handle the soft foods right from the start. I haven't really ever bothered to puree baby foods for them. I occasionally made things in the blender for them. My MIL though, loves to make baby foods and put it in ice trays so I let her make feasts for my little one

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We've done homemade baby food in the past. It wasn't nearly as difficult and time consuming as I thought it'd be. I made like, 2 or 3 different "batches" of pureed fruit/veggies to freeze. By the time we went through them, we were already giving her fork-mashed foods.

To the OP, here is a link that might interest you. It's a method that I'm considering with my son, when he's ready for solids.

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I am a BIG fan of homemade babyfood, I'll admit. I find that its really very easy.

As far as grains/cereal goes, I blend mixed grains and beans and lentils in my blender once a month, at most. It lasts in the fridge preblended until I'm ready to cook it. Then I cook a batch of cereal once every four days, which takes me ten minutes. Takes much less time than cooking whole grains.

As far as veggies go, I've found that it's much faster to cook food and throw it into a food processor than to take the time to cut it up by hand into small pieces. I have six ice cube trays, so I make a whole lot at once. I wouldn't know how else to get her to eat things like kale, collards, etc.

I've used my babyfood mill only a handful of times. Making such a small quantity doesn't feel efficient. Having a full-sized food processor has made all the difference.

I just couldn't stand the thought of spending so much money on babyfood jars. We're vegetarian, and even Earth's Best contains a far amount of meat once you've passed the first stage.

At this point (DD is 16 months) she still has cereal and veggies for breakfast and for dinner. For lunch and snacks she'll have cut up toast, cheese, hard boiled eggs, mac & cheese, fresh fruit, or almond butter & jelly sandwich.

It's not that hard to do! Having good equipment makes a big difference. I found the Super Baby Food book to be very helpful.

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Nikki, thanks for the link on the baby-led approach. That is basically the approach I am taking. Except that I have allowed myself to put stuff in dfs's mouth when he screams for it because he is frustrated because he isn't getting the aim right. He does have "jerky" arm movement according to his developmental specialist, which is probably part of the problem. Anyway, now I am wondering if it wouldn't be useful to back off and allow him some of that frustration but also try bigger hunks of food with him. Hmmm...

Something I'll be pondering.

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I am seriously thinking with the next one, I am not doing ANY baby cereal, and NO pureed crap.

I read probably on an article here that giving your infant processed baby cereal (at least of the white Gerber variety, I will fully admit they didn't mention organic brown rice) is like putting sugar into their bottle--or feeding it to them straight--the way it digests, it breaks down the same.

I also have consulted with a homeopath who says infants are not ready to digest grains until about 10 months old.

And there is my own personal theory, for what it is worth, that they're ready to digest it when they can eat it at the very most, fork-mashed. Think about the ability to chew rice, for example. Does NOT happen at 5--7 months old.
I did do cereal with DS and he really couldn't chew rice until about 9-10 mos at the earliest. He does have a few digestive issues that I think are related to early intro to grains and how they digest like sugar.

The next one, I'm not doing that. (provided said child does not have a special situation that would require it. I understand some kids are more 'gaggy' than others, may only tolerate pureed for awhile.) Besides that, when do they ever CHOOSE to eat pureed peas? What does eating puree teach them about chewing?

For the very first experience, I probably will mix a little bm into banana or avocado. Other than that, it'll be mashed with a fork all the way. And jars? Too expensive and bland. Maybe in a pinch the organic squash/pear mix, that one's not bad.

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I intended to do my own baby food, but my daughter hates purees. She likes finger foods and anything off our plates. Now, I think that is the EASIEST! I always make something with dinner that she can eat, anyways.

I have bought about 12 organic jars, especially for the introduction of foods, like Mango, that we normally don't have - give her a few bites, then she doesnt want anymore, and I finish it up.
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This is my third and I'm not much expecting him to be different from my first 2, ut I guess he could be... Anyway, my first 2 HATED pureed/jarred foods. THey wanted real chunky food if they wanted to eat. No point in wasting money on jarred baby food or making it if your baby prefers regular food. The exception is meat. I bought jarred meats for my babes cuz they liked those but didn't like it as much when I fed them homemade meat scrapings or whatever you want to call it. My first got non-organic as it was impossible to find then, but fortunately organic baby food is easy to find these days, including meats.

My 2nd also would eat jared food for the babysitter, so that's what we did when I was working (worked for 3.5 mos.). He preferred to eat jarred food to taking bottles, so she fed him a lot. He even ate baby cereal for her!

Since I don't plan on working, I doubt this babe will get any jarred or homemade pureed foods. We'll just give him whatever we're eating like we did w/ the 1st 2. Maybe some organic jarred meats if he likes them.
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We have some jarred organic foods on hand for times when we don't have anything handy for him, but mostly he eats soft foods, Cheerios, and table food ground up. We prefer the hand-powered grinder to the food processor because it's easier to clean, we can't cut ourselves on it, and it doesn't weigh 25 pounds and hog counter space until you put it away! We eat in a restaurant about once a week and enjoy using the grinder there.

Now that EnviroBaby has 2 teeth and is showing more tendency to crush things in his mouth before swallowing, we often give him bits of steamed veggies and such while we're eating dinner. Our typical dinner is some kind of one-pot meal that we make in large quantity so we have leftovers for lunches. (Both parents WOH, and EnviroBaby goes to a sitter and has a solid lunch there, which is his main meal of the day; during dinner he tends to play on the floor and every so often pull up on a parent's leg and "ask" for a bite.) After eating, we grind a couple of baby portions (stored in jars left over from purchased food) and pack the rest into adult lunch portions. He likes these meals much more than the plain jarred foods. For example, last night we had curried lentils, cauliflower, potatoes, and carrots. He loves tofu and zucchini stir-fried in soy-ginger-garlic sauce, with rice. Mexican style beans (no cheese). Whole wheat pasta and assorted veggies in herbed olive oil.

We never did the baby cereal. Sometimes we make a small portion of oatmeal w/raisins and cinnamon and put it thru the grinder mainly to grind the raisins.

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Not making or buying baby food was totally in keeping with my "lazy parenting on a budget" philosophy (y'know, cosleeping so I don't have to get out of bed at night, skipping to table foods and delaying solids until DD can feed herself, etc.)

We started with things like banana, beans and rice, mild guacamole, that sort of thing. Anything naturally smooshy or in tiny bits. The first thing she ate in any quantity was avocado out of avocado egg rolls at Cheesecake Factory (inlaws took us out to dinner), for example.

I got a bunch of free baby cereal from WIC. I fed it to her once, it constipated her and turned her poo green (can you say, too much iron?). So I used it for fortification in pancakes and such (we eat a lot of pancakes around here), or gave it away.

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After going through the introduction to solids with dd I think that baby food is the biggest rip-off out there. I think babies are not ready for soilds until they can feed themselves. Period. Cereal is nasty and worthless. I don't think that babies are designed to be spoon fed at all. Maybe a tiny taste here and there- beyond that they're designed to feed themselves.

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i loved the earth's best baby food. why should i spend all my time in the kitchen...

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After going through the introduction to solids with dd I think that baby food is the biggest rip-off out there. I think babies are not ready for soilds until they can feed themselves. Period. Cereal is nasty and worthless. I don't think that babies are designed to be spoon fed at all. Maybe a tiny taste here and there- beyond that they're designed to feed themselves.



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Exactly my philosophy on the subject. In our family we do not shovel feed our babies, they eat when they want to grab it and eat it.
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Not making or buying baby food was totally in keeping with my "lazy parenting on a budget" philosophy (y'know, cosleeping so I don't have to get out of bed at night, skipping to table foods and delaying solids until DD can feed herself, etc.)
LMAO, I started being AP 13 years ago because I was lazy, before I knew there was a term for it. (I still don't use the term AP to describe myself, I guess I hate labels) Breastfeeding, cosleeping, child led weaning and solid introduction, perfect for the lazy mom!
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We don't make baby food. We don't spoon feed. When they are ready, they will be physically able to feed and digest without undue intervention from me, a mere mortal. If the food I eat is not good enough for my children, then it's not good enough for me and if it's good enough for me, it's good enough for my kids. And I will deny buying or eating the whole pint of Phish food. I know nothing. And you can't prove it.
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