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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Tasty tuesdays

Baby food, when did you start? Now that our little on has turned 6 months we are going to start pretty soon. I have been doing a lot of reading on the subject and everyone has a different opinion. Some say to start at 4 months, some say start with cereal, some say it does not matter is its cereal or fruits and vegetables if you start after 6 months, some say the first fruit has to be a banana, some say it does not matter if its fruit or vegetables you start with and others say it has to be fruit. With all that contradicting information we are going to do what feels right to us. Christophe seems to be interested in foods as he really enjoyed sucking on an cut open apple on is 6 month birthday. Therefore I plan on picking up 2 items for him to try out this week from the market (we always go to the market on Tuesdays) as long as I can find these we will be introducing sweet potatoes and apples. Here are the recipes:

Apples

4 cups chopped peeled apples (about 4)
1/2 cup water

In a medium saucepan, over medium-low heat, bring apples and water to a simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until apples are very tender, about 20 minutes. Let cool.

Transfer apples to blender and puree on high speed until smooth.

Transfer to ice cub trays and freeze.

Sweet Potatoes

3 cups chopped peeled sweet potatoes (about 2)
1 cup water

In a medium saucepan, over medium-low heat, bring potatoes and water to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are very tender, about 20 minutes. Let cool.

Transfer potatoes to blender and puree on high speed until smooth.

Transfer to ice cub trays and freeze.

5 comments:

Zet-Girouard said...

Sweet potatoes are one of Xavier's favourite foods!
Good luck with the solids, that's when the fun (and mess) starts. Just wait until the first dirty diaper :)

Danielle said...

Eliza loves both of those foods! Getting her to eat anything with texture was a bit tricky

Candice said...

We started Feve on sweet potato at 5 months. I read all the contradictory advice and info then I went with what felt right.

I wanted to start him on organic fruits and veggies before rice cereals. I can't really explain why - I suppose I wanted his first food to be unprocessed, whole food.

We waited a few weeks before we introduced the cereals. We use "Healthy Times" organic cereals. He always preferred oatmeal to rice cereal.

Apple sauce and sweet potato are still his favorite foods. Definite good choices!

Have fun. A whole new adventure awaits.

Candice said...

Oh - I forgot to mention - we bake the sweet potato rather than boil it. It tastes better that way (at least to us). Also, baking retains the nutrients from the skin.

Just pierce the whole potato with a fork a few times, bake at 425 f for 45-60 mins (depending on size - use a toothpick to test).

Let the potato cool then peel skin from flesh. We used the blender for the first little while, but just mash with a masher now.

Rosie : ) said...

The only basics I followed when starting foods with my babies {some of them were happily exclusively nursed for 8 months before turning to food}, was one food for one week. Basically, due to possible allergic reactions, I thought this might be wise.

Also, if you end up knowing that you need to wean them in the next few months, you can use a bit a powdered milk mixed into the fruit or vegetables, which will give him a "taste" of the formula. I only did this when I foudn out I was pregnant and needed to wean the baby.

Another thing you can do, to add a bit of "filler" to the mixture when they get a bit older, is to put a bit of baby cereal, such a rice cereal, or oatmeal cereal into your blender with your fruits/vegetables. This will keep them a bit fuller longer once they get older.

Best advice I ever got from a friend: "It's your baby, you knwo what to do!" ;)