Even when I was just pregnant with baby #3, I knew I wanted to at least try and make homemade baby food for her when the time came. With my other 2, it’s not like it was ever a conscious decision not to make their food. I literally just knew nothing about it at the time. However, I learned and heard a lot about making homemade baby food in the 5 years I was removed from having an infant around. And when you know better, you do better, right? Right.
I wasn’t completely sure what I was getting myself into, or how to even start, but thankfully there are SO many resources out there now to help you get started. I heavily used wholesomebabyfood.com as a guide for how to prepare foods, which ones to start with, etc. Thanks to the amazing help of my Beaba Babycook Pro, I had a freezer full of delicious and nutritious food for my little gal in no time. I truly can’t believe how easy it is, and how much money I am saving by making my own food.
One really big motivator of mine in wanting to make my own food, is the hope that by introducing her to new foods early on in life it will cause her to be a more adventurous eater down the road. I have already found myself saying numerous times when she tries a new food, that her brothers didn’t try these things until they were 3 or 4 years old. Some things they’ve even been introduced to for the first time with her.
My husband admits he was quite skeptical of my ambitions, but I’ve even turned him into a believer. He too loves pulling cubes of frozen food out of the freezer and making his own concoctions for her. We’re constantly trying new combinations with her and are often shocked with how receptive she is to them.
Since I’m just starting this baby food making journey with you, I figured I’d start at the beginning with some basic “first foods” recipes.
The very first thing we ever gave her was avocado. Here is an excerpt from the Wholesome Baby Food website, explaining why avocado is a good food to try first:
Avocado – a great first food for baby, avocados burst with essential fats and nutrients that a growing baby needs. Smooth and creamy, avocados are easily digested and well tolerated by most babies!
She absolutely loves avocado! In fact, most mornings she starts her day out with avocado mixed with rice cereal and breast milk. There are so many great combinations you can create with avocado as a base (more on that coming soon).So if you’re just starting out and getting ready to start your little one on solids, avocado is a great place to start!
Even though you could technically just mash the avocado with a fork, I like to throw it in my Beaba Babycook Pro anyway, because it just gives you a perfect smooth consistency, that you just can’t achieve simply by mashing with a fork. As mentioned above, one of my little gals favorite combos is avocado with rice cereal. I just add the avocado chunks, rice cereal, and breast milk (to help thin out the mixture) to my Babycook bowl and blend it all together until the desired consistency is achieved.
Combinations To Try With Avocado:
- 1 avocado (or desired amount)
- Peel and take out the pit of a ripe avocado.
- Dice the avocado into chunks and add to the Babycook. Avocado does not need to be cooked.
- Puree, in the Babycook, to the desired consistency. Add water, if necessary.
- Freeze, or store in the refrigerator, in Multiportions container.