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I'm sure this must have been discussed somewhere in this forum, but I couldn't find it... and I'm impatient(!)... So, I'm wondering if anyone makes their own baby food. I'm planning on doing that for my future child(ren) and I'm trying to collect recipes and try them out on a friend's baby. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I want to serve fresh fruits and veggies and stay awy from the jarred ickiness they sell in stores... Well, I suppose it's not fair to call it "ickiness" since I grew up on it, but I don't like it!<br><br>
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We didn't do jarred food at all.<br><br>
I found that if you bfeed and wait until DC is really ready, you can just go straight to modified table food. It is all about experimentation for the first year at least, anyway, so if they don't get too much it's all good.
 

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I agree. My DD only had breastmilk until almost a year. Then the ammount of food she ate was sooo small there was no need to make stuff. Just didn`t add salt or spicy stuff to her food. It was so easy and not stressful. I think the idea of making food and freezing it in the ice cube trays is more for babies that are weaning to solids way before a year. Really DD ate things like a spoon of ripe avocado, or some fresh blueberries at a *meal* and that was it. Now she still bfs and eats basically what we eat, but still less spicy spices. She is 2.4 years old.<br>
Cathe has a great baby food book.<br>
HTH<<br>
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nak<br>
here are a few very recent threads on the topic. and you can search in this forum, too, for lots more tips. hth!<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=422716" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=422716</a><br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=423656" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=423656</a>
 

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I found that if you bfeed and wait until DC is really ready, you can just go straight to modified table food. It is all about experimentation for the first year at least, anyway, so if they don't get too much it's all good.</div>
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Just wondering what you all have found to be the signs of readiness? My DD seems to be going through a growth spurt/not getting enough/reaching for food....AT 5 MONTHS?? I have resigned myself to waiting until the "latest" possible time...mainstream style....6 months<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> But I am suddenly feeling inadequate for her appetite. She was sleeping much more than now, and seems hungry all the time. I know, I know...BF, BF, BF, but it doesn't seem to be enough. She's reaching for my food...is that a sign of her being ready? Also....what FIRST food would you all suggest, if starting b/4 1?
 

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My ds had a similar GIANT appetite at about that age, constantly eating and it was never enough, totally stopped sleeping through the night, etc. I tried to increase feedings but the last straw was the day he literally lunged out of my arms at my sister's sandwich with an open mouth. I kid you not, at 5 months! He was just ready to go, so I start mushing up really ripe banana, avocado, overcooked & pureed sweet potato, basically anything overcooked and pureed worked for us! He gobbled it down, and was finally happy again, so I say trust your instincts as a mother!!!!!!<br><br>
I didn't follow any recipes-- I just used single fruits or veggies, steam and pureed to age-appropriate chunkiness, and then started mixing 2 after I'd introduced a wide variety of singles. But I would just make small amounts fresh for each day or two (SAHM)-- like in the morning mash up some banana (I'd eat the rest) lunch= mashed avocado (I'd eat the rest on a salad or something) and then dinner= mashed sweet potato (just bake a small one along with dinner, mash it, and save the rest for lunch tomorrow, etc)<br><br>
If I ended up tossing some food I didn't sweat it-- I'm a big believe in prana so I like to only serve pretty fresh stuff, esp. at that age.
 

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I first introduced solids at 6mo, an organic banana & sweet potato. Mushed up with a little BM.<br><br>
DS still had tounge thrust and wasn't really 'in to' eating until he started crawling at about 8mo.<br><br>
I kept a cooked sweet potato, banana & avocado in the fridge. They'd last for days, I'd bring 'em all out, chop off a chunk and mush it right on his plate with a fork. Noah started liking to feed himself with chunks at 9mo!<br><br>
Fortunately he was getting into solids in the summer so we made sure to have lots of fresh veggies & offer him whatever we were having for dinner, even corn on the cob! He wasn't digesting the kernels, but boy does the boy love to much on it!<br><br>
Since he still BF a lot I didn't worry too much that a lot of what came out in the diaper didn't look too much different than what went in, we were mostly concerned about choking.<br><br>
BTW, we spent time with my nephew who is 7 weeks older than Noah when Noah was 9mo. Meals for my nephew were a MUCH bigger deal with preooing the cereal to the right temperature & thickness & addingg the right amount of jarred food. We offered Noah some jarred peaches and he wouldn't eat it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> so he's never even had a taste of jarred food.<br>
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DD is 5 months and we just started giving her a table spoon of rice cereal in her night time bottle. In Guatemala she was already on baby food, but the Dr. told me to stop that. What age are you starting to introduce food? I thought of waiting til 9 months at the earliest? Is that about right?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">DD is 5 months and we just started giving her a table spoon of rice cereal in her night time bottle. In Guatemala she was already on baby food, but the Dr. told me to stop that. What age are you starting to introduce food? I thought of waiting til 9 months at the earliest? Is that about right?</div>
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I'm not a mom yet ( <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> ) but I've heard that 9mos is usually a safe time. I guess it depends on the child. A lot of children will try to get your food when they're ready for it!<br><br>
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DS never had jarred baby food. We started solids at about 6mo, he was reaching for food before hand but I held off for a while longer. When we started, he really didn't have the tongue thrust so I knew he was pretty ready. He really only ate a Tbsp at a time, not much at all. Like pp said, the first few months is all experimentation and introduction. I used recipes from this site:<br><a href="http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com" target="_blank">www.wholesomebabyfood.com</a><br>
It has info on EVERYTHING!!! I even made teething cookies and crackers form DS from this site. He LOVED them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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