Friday, November 17, 2006
Question of the Week: Baby food
This is for all you moms out there! I am curious about a couple things: First, at what age did you start feeding your baby or babies solid food? And second, did you use store-bought baby food, make your own, or do a combination of both things? This is not meant to be a debate about what ages/foods are "better," but I am just curious! :)
Here are my answers: With Sam, I started him on solids at exactly 6 months. His first food was rice cereal; from there we moved on to other vegetables and fruits. I mostly used store-bought baby food, although I did do some more non-traditional things, such as canned pumpkin, frozen squash (after it was cooked, I mean!:)), and unsweetened applesauce in the big jars, which saved some money.
With Julia, I think I will do things a little differently. She is still exclusively breast-fed at 6 1/2 months, and I am planning to still hold off a little longer on starting solids. I've read that many babies don't really need "real" food till they are a year old. I doubt I will wait that long, but I figure since she is obviously thriving on mommy's milk, there is no need to hurry with the solids. I've also read in recent months that cereals may not be the best first food for their digestion. I'll have to do some more research into that, though, to find out for sure. I'm hoping to make more of my own baby food for her, from fresh or frozen veggies and fruits, as well as probably still use the unsweetened applesauce, squash, and pumpkin like I did with Sam. I'm hoping to avoid buying so much at the store--but I will likely still buy the baby prunes to aid with digestion, as I found they were really helpful to Sam. I would really like to make a lot of homemade baby food ahead of time and freeze it in small portions for her.
I will be interested to hear what worked for others!! :)
Posted by Carrie at 2:41 PM