When Your Baby Likes To Eat
Like, a lot
When they say having a baby changes everything, they’re right. They are all right. In so many ways that I just don’t have time to explain. While, he is the love of my life, he sure is high maintenance. This kid eats more than I do, needs constant attention, changes clothes about 5 times a day, and is the biggest drama king I’ve ever met. Yes, I know. He’s only 11 months old. 😉 Good thing is, so far, he’s not much of a picky eater. When we started introducing baby mush, we did the typical try one food at a time every 3 days. I haven’t seen anything that this kid hasn’t turned his nose up to, yet. We’re now working on whole foods; chunks of banana, cubed sweet potatoes, pieces of shrimp, etc. Until he really gets the hang of all that, I’m still slaving over a hot stove preparing all his homemade baby food!
I will admit, sometimes it’s a lot of work. Heck, all the time it’s a lot of work. When you have about 8+ different fruits and vegetables that you have to steam and cook, your kitchen begins to look like a war zone. However, I know that I’m giving my little guy a healthy variety of meals, instead of hoping store bought jars aren’t giving my baby any type of cancer causing disease (because it’s always something). So, I’ll continue cooking for the little guy until he can finally hold and feed himself real food! Here’s what a normal Sunday looks like in the kitchen for me.
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2 – pieces of organic chicken breast
5 – apples
4 – pears
1 – bag of green beans
8 – small peaches
1 – bag of frozen broccoli
1 – half cauliflower head
Silicone Freezer Trays (My favorite so far are these)
Gallon Size Ziplock Bags
What This Gives You
6 – chicken, apple, cauliflower, pear
1 – small tub of the above (used right away)
7 – broccoli, beans, pear
5 – cauliflower, peach
4 – apple, pear, broccoli, beans
3 – great beans, pear
2 – pear, apple
4 – peach
I’ve tried to keep track of how long this actually lasts, but our schedules are always so random, that I can’t give an exact number. I usually start the morning off with a bottle, because I’m way too tired to try feeding him with a spoon #badhousewife. Then, the following feedings I will try to feed him one serving of prepared food with a small bottle to top him off. Lastly, his night time feeding before bed will be a full bottle. As mentioned before, those feedings in-between could consist of food, or not, depending on how I’m feeling, how the baby is feeling, if we’re home, etc. But, I’d say on average, the above food preparation would last almost a month. Now, since we’re working on real food, a preparation like this could probably last a little longer.
It’s a good half a day of cooking, if done right. It starts with peeling and chopping all necessary fruits and veggies. Then, boil them all until soft. I then place each food into individual bowls, then spoon a little of each into the blender. I really don’t measure. Okay. I DON’T measure. No one has time for that after slaving over the stove all day, knowing you’re still not done! Either way, these meals are baby L approved. It took some time for him to get over the texture of the chicken, but it’s now one of his favorites. So, I keep these guys in these great silicone trays (these right here) and once they are frozen, I’ll transfer them into ziplock bags. They keep pretty well in the freezer, so don’t worry if you don’t use them up within a month. I’ve heard they’ll stay good up to about 6 months.
How good do you feel when you know exactly what your little one is eating? I know I complain sometimes about the amount of energy and time it takes to make all this food for him, but I’m much happier knowing that I’m 100% sure of what he is going in his body. Also, I know what gets flung onto the floor, too! LOL. While I try to have control over that spoon and bowl, sometimes his little hands are quicker than mine! My mom gifted us these great bowls (here’s the whole spoon and bowl set) that suction to the table, which makes feeding a little easier.
Now that you see how easy (even though a little time consuming) it is to make a healthy batch of baby food, get to cooking! Seriously! Pull out your Ninja Blender and make that baby something healthy.