Making Baby Food Isn't So Bad!
I'll admit it, I never paid much attention to food. Then, after my daughter was born, I started researching baby food. I learned about the benefits of buying organic. I read about the other "ingredients" that can end up in jars of baby food. As a result, my wife and I decided to cook and prepare fresh organic fruits and vegetables for our daughter. Yes, it sounds like a lot of work, but we believe it's worth it. We headed to Target and bought a Baby Bullet and Baby Bullet Steamer. The pictures on the box make it look easy. We thought, "It shouldn't be too difficult, right?"
OK: Time to test it out. Will we end up with a mushy mess or a magnificent meal?
After I picked up peas and a sweet potato from the grocery store, we started the process. Everything I read online made it sound simple. It was. We rinsed the peas, chopped the sweet potato and put the veggies in the steamer. Fifteen minutes later, the steam softened the food. So, we dropped everything into the Baby Bullet blender, added some water and started to blend. It couldn't have been easier. One sweet potato produced about ten "jars" of baby food. We ended up with a half dozen "jars" of peas.
Not only will this save money, it will also allow us to feel confident about what our daughter eats. We know there are no chemicals or additives getting into her body. Yes, it sounds intimidating and complicated to make your own baby food. Trust me, it's not.
Now, if we could only get Lyla to be a better eater. So far, she's willing to take a few bites of food. However, she doesn't seem all that interested. Most of her food ends up on her face or on her high chair. You'd think after months and months of drinking nothing but breast milk and formula, she'd want some variety! We're going to try fruits soon, but our pediatrician recommended giving her veggies first. Who knows? Maybe she just doesn't like sweet potatoes. I'm not a big fan myself.
If you're a parent and have any tips or suggestions, I'd love to hear them. Post your thoughts in the comments section.