Well folks yesterday was the day that I decided I would try and venture into the world of homemade baby food. While others were reflecting on the year that had past and trying to decide their New Years Eve plans, I was gearing up for an extreme purée off with myself and some fruits! I've had many friends tell me that this was cost-effective and very easy to do so I thought why not, I'll try it. As I googled and searched other blogs for how exactly it is that you do this, I came across so many different ways, opinions, and do's and dont's, that I started having second thoughts if I was really meant to do this and was now almost more confused. But you know what, this parenting thing has been all about trying new things so I tried it!
Apples, bananas, pears and strawberries...not going to be a bad thing to give a baby right? It's fruit for crying out loud! Then as I complete my cutting and have them in my blender ready to go, I happened to remember back to reading something that said to boil apples before puréeing them and that you weren't supposed to give babies strawberries because there were seeds in them....to be safe I boiled the apples and steamed the strawberries and Cayden is big enough to eat chunks, so surely he could swallow some small strawberry seeds.
Halfway through the boiling process I realized hey, this was kind of fun! That is until I was peeling the last of the apples in a wrong direction and about cut the top of my thumb off. Almost complete I thought, just need to run the apples through cold water. As I went to grab the pot I screamed! I had grabbed that damn pot on the side without an oven mitt! Man, the excitement of all this baby food cooking just made me skip a step in which you are to reach for a handle on a hot pot!!
My conclusion to this new thing, that seems to be topic of conversation for many of my mom friends, is this.... If you have the time, and want to try it, do it! If you don't, or don't want to even venture that way, then store bought baby food is just fine and dandy! There seems to be so much competition, judgement, and self-guilt when it comes to all the ways to give your child nutritious options. I am guilty of falling into the category of self-guilt a lot when it comes to this parenting gig. I always question both sides to the options i'm considering (which isn't always a bad thing right?) and look into what really will work FOR ME. Cayden won't be giving up his Earths Best Turkey Apple Cranberry meal anytime soon, but he may gain a little more exciting tastes from moms home made apples, strawberries, and pears for the next month!
What are some of your favorite and EASIEST homemade foods for your child? Comment below, I'm interested in which combos I will try next!!
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