Monday, March 25, 2013

On Feeding the Babe…part 2

We’re in a whole new world over here.

Our daughter can really house some food. Seriously. It cracks us up nearly every dinnertime, especially if it’s something she likes. Like guacamole. On family taco night she ate so much taco meat covered in guacamole that Alex and I were in shock.

We’ve transitioned almost entirely to Baby Led Weaning (BLW) and have, for the most part, put away our spoons and purees. This has been SO liberating. We were never really doing purees entirely, but now that she can shovel it in, we’ve put them on the back shelf, at least we thought we did.

Our first round of feeding baby can be found here: Elizabeth & Food.

That was until we went on vacation. In preparing for our second trip to Florida, I picked up a few food pouches thinking they would be great for the airport, etc. I decided to let her try one before we left and halfway through she pulled it out of my hand with a look on her face, “mama I got this.” And got it she did. She can not only eat out of the pouch but hold it as well. Even more liberating.

Well, on vacation, Elizabeth experienced her first cold, high temps and all. And her eating of solids went out the window. Purees and milk were all she wanted. And since we’ve been back she’s been a bit more finicky with her solids. Some things she wants, like guacamole, and others she doesn’t, like her former favorite fruit of bananas. So instead of investing in loads of pouches, I decided to put our frozen cubes of purees to use. In a Little Green Pouch.

These are amazing. I just pop a few frozen cubes of food into the microwave to thaw or leave them out, mix them together, and pour them in. Obviously not as simple as just plucking them off the shelf, but at least I can semi control what is going in them and hopefully they will prove to be a money saver.

And now back to making frozen baby food cubes…

Easiest, cheapest, and most straightforward way to make your own baby food especially if you want the food to be organic?


Frozen fruits and veggies retain all of their nutrients, are less expensive than their fresh counterparts, and are frozen at peak ripeness. I buy bags of frozen peas, green beans, squash, carrots, spinach, kale, blueberries, strawberries, etc. Trader Joe’s has an excellent frozen organic fruits/veggies for really cheap! When I want to make a batch of cubes, I place the desired amount of food into a dish, cook it (microwave/steam/stovetop), and pop it in the blender. Then pour into containers and freeze if needed. I know there is debate over refreezing a thawed item but I’m not that concerned. More info is here which explains that most veggies and fruit are flash frozen and never cooked before freezing. We’ve never had an issue, I’ve tasted all of it and it tastes perfectly normal, great even.

Elizabeth’s favorite combo: Pears, Spinach, and Kale

So now we are using both. Purees for pouches and BLW for most meals.

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