I really wanted to make Michael's baby food from the start. Like breastfeeding and cloth diapering, it was the plan. And when I got a little anxious about starting solids I figured that it would be a way for me to still feel like I was providing the nourishment for him. The only problem was that I did not have the time for it at all.
I'd bought some Sprout baby food and started with it. It is really good and Michael has taken to most of the flavors well. But it's pretty expensive. I tried some of the Gerber Organic. My only complaint is that it's really watery and messier because it drips. The Earth's Best has a good consistency but a little lacking in flavor. But all in all, I don't really mind feeding him the stuff out of the packages. But I still aspired to fulfill my plan to make baby food for him.
I really wanted to use organic produce but it's virtually impossible to find a good organic selection around here. I'm not kidding when I say that Wal-Mart probably has the best selection of organic produce around here. And we don't normally make it to the Farmer's Market because Michael is napping then. So my first foray was a butternut squash from the supermarket. And boy, was that easy.
The next test was seeing if Michael liked it. The first feeding with it was not so great. He's fun to watch eat. He takes a little bite to start and smacks his lips around and gives me a funny look as he tries to decide if he like something. Sometimes he will do a whole body shiver and give me a smile or sometimes I will just get a yucky face from him. I got the yucky face, so I cut in a bunch of apple juice and had a winner. The subsequent feedings went better, I think he just had to get used to the taste/consistency of my squash.
When the IL's came the other week they brought pears from DH's aunt and sweet potatoes from their garden. I steamed up the pears and baked the sweet potatoes today. And my poor, old immersion blender has pretty much bit the dust so I will have to get a new one before I try anything else.
I mixed some pears in with his oatmeal and I've never seen him eat breakfast so well. I was a little more doubtful about the sweet potatoes because I made them fairly thick, but I gave him a taste and we had a winner.
I'm still going to use store bought baby foods. I like not having it all on me all the time. But I'm glad that I finally tried making some of my own. At least I'm stocked with some staples for awhile.