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I'm so excited right now! I was putting off starting DearDaughter2 on solids because I wanted to try homemade baby food. Yet, I was intimidated about the work and time that would go into making the baby food and I didn't have a resource to go to get started. I was waiting for a DearFriend to lend me her book, but her daughter is about the same age as DearDaughter2 and so she wasn't quite ready to give up her recipes yet (understandable). But because I was skeptical about whether I was really going to stick to making baby food or not, I didn't want to spend the money to buy a recipe book that I may not use.
The following link is a great place to start http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/.
When I looked at this site I was greatly encouraged! I can't believe that I used to buy the jarred bananas when all I needed to do was mash them up or that avocados can be mashed up just the same is bananas.
I started DearDaughter2 with the avocados and bananas. She didn't like the avocados alone, but when I added apple juice, she was ok with it. She liked the bananas!
Then, last night, I actually ventured into actually cooking. I baked a sweet potato and pureed it. Since I only have a blender and no food processor, I actually added an extra step to the baby food making process. The pureed food was still quite lumpy and so I ran the puree through a strainer. The sweet potato filled up a little more than 1/2 of an ice tray. Oh, just to thin it out, I did add a little apple juice.
I fed DearDaughter2 the sweet potatos tonight and she loved it! It's so exciting to see her take to the homemade baby food, which is totally motivating me to stick to it.
I think I'm going to try carrots and butternut squash next.
It's not all that hard at all and I would encourage all Mommies to try it! It's actually quite rewarding!