Friday, March 25, 2011

Baby Food

We introduced solids to Rylee when she was about 5 months (rice cereal at first and then veggies a week later), and being that it is ridiculously cheaper to make our own baby food, I thought I would give it a try.  I’m sure it is even healthier to buy fresh veggies, but I just buy frozen bags, cook then on the stove, and then blend them up.  For veggies, I have made carrots, green beans, and peas.  For fruits, I have made apples, bananas, peaches, and pears.  Apples are about the easiest, I bought applesause (no sugar added), and then I blended it a little more, which probably wasn’t necessary, but oh well!  I wasn’t sure if fresh bananas would get yucky if I froze them, but they actually kept really well (I just make small batches so they get used pretty quick).  With everything else I have made, I just add a little water if the consistency is too thick, but for the bananas, I added a little breast milk (found a recipe online to do this).  Now for the peaches and pears…so I searched for the canned peaches and pears that were packed in water and also indicated that there was no sugar added.  I thought I was good to go, so in the blender they went.  After feeding Rylee peaches for a couple days, I took a second look at a can I hadn’t used yet, and in fine print, it said it had artificial sweetener in it, ugh!  I’m assuming that is probably not the best for babies, so I tossed the peaches and pears I had made and bought new peaches and pears that are packed in 100% fruit juice.

If anybody reading this ever wants to attempt to make baby food, it is honestly the easiest thing ever.  Before trying it, I thought there is no way I am going to have time to do this, but it is sooooo easy.  I don’t have a food processor, so I just stick the well cooked veggies or fruit in the blender.  Once I get the consistency that I want, I just pour the baby food into ice cube trays and freeze it.  After the food is frozen, I put each “ice cube” into the really small ziplock bags, and then I put each type of food into big freezer bags.  Each ice cube (at least the ice cube trays that I have) are about a tablespoon, so it makes it really easy to measure how much food we give Rylee.

Just a quick side note, I am also still breast feeding, well bottle feeding breast milk is probably the more accurate way to say it.  I am not sure why, but I have yet to give Rylee any formula, and really don’t ever want to give it to her.  I don’t think formula is bad, but I have this idea stuck in my head that my milk has to be much better for her, so why in the heck would I give her any formula if I don’t have to.  It’s almost like I would feel guilty giving her something that I think isn’t as good.  With that said, I am planning on giving her breast milk until she turns one.  And honestly, I have been burning through so many calories by breast feeding, I actually weigh less than what I did before I was pregnant.  So being that I don’t seem to have as much time to exercise as I did before, breast feeding will also keep me “in shape” for swim suit season!!  Oh, and another added perk, my “cycle” hasn’t started yet because of breast feeding, so it has been since December of 2009 that my monthly friend as appeared.  Definitely can’t complain about that!!

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