I started feeding Owen rice cereal at 4 months old, but it just didn't take. At 6 months old, he would eat rice cereal and spit any other food back at me. It made for some really funny pictures, but the little guy needed more than just bottles of milk. I mean, he had to start eating real foods at some point. I can't send my kid off to kindergarten with a lunch box filled with formula---he needed to start eating real foods! I blamed his lack of eating on the spoon shape, the bowl, the high chair, distractions, time of day, and pretty much every other reason out there. I figured if we kept trying, he'd one day decided that he wanted to eat solids.
I told my sister about my baby feeding dilemma and she sent me the Super Baby Food Book plus trays for freezing the food cubes. I tried making him some food. Maybe if his food didn't smell as terrible as those little jars of food, he'd actually want to eat it. For my first time, I made pear sauce and a batch of pea mush. He loved them! I was shocked---he even preferred the veggies over the fruit. Since then I've made all kinds of baby food. Apples, pears, pineapple, mango, banana, peas, spinach, carrots, sweet potato, butternut squash... these are just a few of the purees I've made for Owen.
This weekend, I open up the baby food factory in our kitchen. I made a new sauce for him to try--- peach! It looked so good! Strike that, it was good...I know because I tried some. We'll call that Quality Control...wink wink. My little kitchen baby food factory has saved us tons on money, too! The little jars of baby food cost $0.50 to $1 each at the store. But, I can make 3 trays of food for about $1.50---that's enough to keep him fed for a week~
Here are a few pictures of this weeks mush....