Happy, Healthy, Homemade! 

   Broccoli and avocado cubes 

Now, before I start I need to mention my friend Laura (aka Grace’s mummy) who has re-inspired me to get in the kitchen and crack on with more homemade foods! Whilst sitting having coffee we spoke about weaning tips and compared notes. Laura has some great tips and I’m looking forward to stocking my fridge with loads of goodness! Our babies were born a week apart and it’s nice to have someone going through the same week by week changes!

Thanks for the tips Laura, this messy kitchen is all down to you! 👍😊

So, our top tips for making homemade baby foods!

  1. Clear lots of space in your freezer!
  2. Buy cheap ice cube trays. Silicone ones make life easier but aren’t essential.
  3. Freeze your veg, carbs and meats seperate so you can mix and match your meals and keep it new and exciting!
  4. As your baby grows, leave the consistency a little ‘lumpier’ to get them used to textures.
  5. Once frozen, empty contents of trays to bags and label so you can use the trays again!

Today I made 3 different batches of cubes. Carrot, parsnip and then a fruit salad. Here is what I did:

Carrots! 

  • Wash, peel and cut the carrot into small chunks.
  • Boil for 10 mins or until soft.
  • Blend until at desired consistency.
  • Pour into trays and place in freezer over night.

Parsnips

  • Wash, peel and cut into small chunks.
  • Boil for 8 minutes.
  • Blend thoroughly as parsnips have quite a stringyconsistency.
  • Pour into trays and freeze.

Fruit Salad

  For this I used banana, kiwi and an apple.

  • Cut and core the apple. Steam in 25ml of water until it has softened.
  • Peel and slice the banana and kiwis.
  • Place together in a bowl and blend until smooth.
  • If the consistency is too wet, add a spoon of baby rice.
  • Pour into trays and freeze.

Spectators are optional:

 

We are still mixing homemade with shop bought. Whatever works for you is best!

I found this really informative poster on Pinterest that breaks down each stage of a baby’s food life! It also tells you the foods to avoid in the beginning. This chart says to start weaning from 4-6 months. This is not approved by everyone but my health visitor said to start from 17 weeks (and we did). Click to enlarge

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