Baby Food

Once you successfully have a couple weeks or a month of starter cereal behind you (aka your child has been consuming it and you're past the consistency of milk) then you can try real foods!

Rules of Thumb for Baby Food:

  • Wait at least 4 days between introducing new foods to watch for allergies (reactions can take up to 3 days to appear in a rash)

  • Do not introduce eggs until after 12 months, this is in the 12 month MMR vaccine and if your child is allergic exposing them to eggs prior will exaggerate the vaccine reaction 

  • Wait until 12 months before introducing Kiwi and Strawberries, both of these fruits are too acidic and will cause soars within your babies mouth... ouch!

Baby Lead Weaning:

I've had some friends follow the approach of baby lead weaning.  Essentially it is offering very soft (mostly boiled) foods to your child during meals.  So adjusting your diet to include things you can also serve your child.  It's easy, but you need to watch your child closely for choking. I would suggest taking an online course on baby lead weaning before trying this approach.  Here is a site that worked for a friend of mine: Mama Natural.

Making Your Own Baby Food

Recommended Foods to Start With:

  • Protein: Roast chicken, Beef

  • Dairy: Yogurt, Soft Cheese

  • Vegetables: Peas, Carrots, Sweat Potatoes, Asparagus

  • Fruits: Apples, Watermelon, Blueberries, Pears, Prunes, Avocados


To Prepare Baby Food:

  • I store everything in mason jars, so you'll need a dozen mason jars and a food processor.

  • One by one, wash, peal, boil (5 min), then process each food.  Remember to rinse appliances between uses when introducing new foods!

  • Serve or store

Freezing Guidelines

  • One health services nurse told me to never keep any baby food in the fridge for more 24 hours with children under the age of 12 months...  Do I live by this no, but I wouldn't keep something more than 48 hours.  Make multiple batches and freeze, homemade baby food stays good in the freezer for up to 4 months!

  • Once I figured out which foods my child could eat (without gas) and interested in I would pre-make arrangements and freeze them.  That was I had small portions that would last me 24 hours and I could mix up offerings at meals.  This was also good for going on the run...

Other Options

Lots of people just buy baby food, which is a lot easier!  I also lived by squeeze packs.  Just remember when you are first introducing foods to only introduce new foods one at a time!

You can also add things to baby starter cereals to slowly introduce your child to new things.  For instance I would add a couple frozen blueberries to the oatmeal powder, then pour boiling water over them, stir the cereal and pop the blueberries to remove the skin.  Relatively easy, and delicious!