I am more than fulfilling my wishes for him as it pertains to food. Firstly, I wanted to nurse him but thought I wouldn't be able to because I'm a coward when it comes to pain. Although the first few weeks of breastfeeding was uncomfortable it got better and now it's so natural to me. I'm so glad that my little guy is 7 months old and I'm still nursing and giving him expressed milk. Because I'm working my supply is dwindling but I'm still hanging in there. My future plan is to do half formula, half breast milk in the future. Secondly, I've always thought it would be cool to make my own baby food because of cost and because I know exactly what he's getting. I also like the idea of cooking for my baby. I didn't think I would be able to do this because of work and other obligations. Fortunately, I've been able to. So far my baby has eaten rice cereal, oatmeal cereal, sweet potatoes, avocado (least favorite), green peas, carrot, yellow squash, bananas, prunes, pears, mangoes, peaches, and apples. Everything except the cereals and the prunes have been prepared at home. The non-DIY baby foods are store-bought and we mainly use Earth's Best or Plum organic baby food.
So cooking all this stuff is actually not that difficult. I have to give credit to my little helper (well big helper), the Beaba Babycook. I love this thing and all those foods (except the bananas of course) were cooked in this little gadget. It does all the essentials--cooks and purees the food. It can also defrost frozen foods. It's pretty neat because I just chop up the fruits or vegetables, put it in there to cook while I'm doing something else, then puree it, then serve or store.
I usually make a week or 2 (the most) at a time and then stick it in the freezer. I've tried several storage containers including:
To serve food we use several things:
I've discovered that the broth the fruits make after they are cooked usually taste really good (especially the apples). They taste very similar to juice but of course without all the added "stuff." I've put a small amount the apple juice (from the fruits that were cooked in the Babycook) in a sippy cup and given it to my baby so that he can get practice using a cup. I don't like the idea of just giving him plain water or diluting fruit juice. He actually hasn't had much juice yet because we are just practicing using the cup. We prefer the Avent sippy cups. The cover also can be used on the Avent baby bottles that we use.
We also like these bibs the best when serving solid foods: