I would love to buy some books about how to prepare my baby's food. I have 3 dogs in our back yard so I can't grow my own vegetables but I would like to cook it as organic as possible. Also I'm interested in knowing facts about the best way to introduce my dd to solids, like when to start with tomatoes? Isn't avocado to heavy for her stomach? Which vitamins from food will she process better? and thousands of doubts more that I have
Dd just ate what we did, but pureed. We didn't feed her green leafy vegetables or carrots or nuts until after 12 months of age, though, and we did tone down the spiciness of most dishes (we often eat pretty spicy food). She now (at almost 2.5 years) is a very catholic eater.
IMO, avocado is a great first food, and everything I have ever read has confirmed that.
My ped, and all the baby food books I have, say that the things to keep away from until one year are,
peanut butter and all nuts
With veggies and fruits it is very easy. Just slice and steam or boil until soft, then mash with a fork or blend or food process until smooth. Do the same for firm fruits, like apples. With soft fruits, just mash (like banana).
The things I started with were bananas, squash, avocado, cereal, carrots, eggplant, smashed peas, zucchini, and potatoes.
Super Baby Food is a good book to read. It has great info on making and storing baby food, as well as nutritional info. HTH! -Sarah