healthy beginningsHere are a few quick tips to get you started in making an organic delicious, nutritious diet for your new little one.

Levels of Eaters:

Beginners:  First food experience.  Make sure that the consistancy of the food is like breastmilk/water.  The way to create this stage is add water until the food is liquidy.

Advanced:  Once your little one has the “jist” of eating and are proficient in getting those beginners foods in, it is time to move on to the advanced stage.  To do this just add a little less water to each batch, slowly thickening it up.

Pros:  Once your little one has the advnaced stage down you can move to small finger foods.  This is just taking what you were pureeing and dicing it into very small bites so they can pick them up with their little fingers and learn how to eat all on their own.

Making Your Own Food Basics:

What You Need:

  • A Blender
  • Food of choice
  • Water
  • Ice  cube trays
  • Ziplock bags:  (BPA FREE)

The Process:

  • Cook food as you would for yourself (ie:  bake sweet potatoes and squash, steam beans, carrots, etc…)
  • Put cooked food in blender
  • Add water and puree
  • Continute to add water until you get the consistancy you desire
  • Pour into ice cube trays
  • Freeze
  • Pop out of ice cube trays and store in freezer
  • For a meal take out cubes you want to serve, allow to defrost, serve at room temperature or heat in the oven…NOTE:  DO NOT HEAT IN MICROWAVE!

Storage:

  • Store cubes in BPA free Ziplock bag in deep freeze

What foods to use:

A note on Fruits:  Many fruits work best making a “sauce” to feed your little one.  So, for pears & apples.  Peel and place in a crockpot with about 1 inch of water in the bottom of it.  Allow it to cook all day and breakdown.  Mash it in the blender or with a mashing tool.

*NOTE on MEAT:  It is advised (IPCA4Kids) to not feed a baby meats until they have cut their first molars (this is usally around 1 year of age for most, some earlier, some later)  I have never given my babies “meat” as a babyhood, they have gotten it as a small finger food after their first molars!

 

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