Introducing solids to your little one — which just means supplementing the breast milk or formula they are getting with baby food purees — is an exciting and somewhat scary time. It can be intimidating to know what to do, when and how.
I’ve put together a lot of resources on this blog to help you through the process and to encourage you to make your own baby food. It’s so, so easy. I promise!
This list is what I used when introducing baby food to M and I mostly stuck to the same thing with J. My kiddos loved purees and were not big on baby-led weaning, so this is the route I took.
Some general guidelines:
* Talk to your pediatrician about when to introduce solids.
* Wait 3-5 days between new foods, to watch for an allergic reaction.
* Refrigerate foods for 3 days, freeze fruits/veggies up to 6 months. Label everything!
* Be sure to check out my master list of homemade baby food resources for all the info you need to get going.
And here are my collections of homemade baby food batch cooking, to get the most out of your precious time. Check these, too, to get more details on how exactly to prepare various foods for your baby.
Homemade baby food round 1: peas, green beans, applesauce, butternut squash, oatmeal
Homemade baby food round 2: sweet potato, brown rice, chicken, pears, banana
Homemade baby food round 3: quinoa, peaches, avocado, pumpkin, cottage cheese
Homemade baby food round 4: broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash, black beans, Greek yogurt
Homemade baby food round 5: asparagus, barley, edamame, blueberries, mango
Homemade baby food round 6: apricots, prunes, egg yolks, chick peas, blackberries
Lastly, have fun with it! It’s exciting to see a baby discover the joys of food and flavors!