Feeding Logan real foods has been going pretty well. I’d give it a B+. As a refresher, we started solids at five months. I started with purees, first plain fruits or vegetables, and then I started mixing them. Around 6.5 months, I started trying to get Logan to pick up pieces of things like Puffs or Yogurt Melts. Now at 7.5 months, he still shows little interest in picking up foods and putting them in his mouth, nor does he show interest in eating them when I put them on his tongue.
I make everything in the Beaba Babycook appliance. I think the Beaba is alright. I like that it steams AND purees, but I think the steamer container is too small. For a head of broccoli, I have to do the process twice because it’s too much for one round. That takes double the time, which is annoying when your time is valuable! It also takes about 10-12 minutes to steam a hard vegetable, like broccoli or a sweet potato. That time would be less in the microwave.
I freeze everything in ice cube trays and defrost meals three cubes at a time.
Here are some of the combinations I have done so far:
- Broccoli with Pear (1 head broccoli, stems removed with 1 pear, peeled)
- Broccoli with Apple (1 head broccoli, stems removed with 1 apple, peeled)
- Avocado with Banana (two small avocado, one large banana, or just 1:1 ratio)
- Sweet potato with a few spoonfuls of canned pumpkin (1 sweet potato, peeled with about 2/3 C pumpkin)
- Banana with frozen spinach (thawed/steamed) (1 banana, handful spinach)
- Zucchini (very watery, kind of like broth)
For all of these, I add enough water to get the consistency I want. Pourable but still thick to stay on a spoon.
In general, I find this easy to plan and easy to do. Now that he is eating 2-3 meals a day, it’s quite a lot of food to plan. In addition to homemade food, Logan eats YoBaby yogurts for breakfast a few times a week, and I also send Earth’s Best jarred foods for breakfast with baby oatmeal to school. The jarred foods come in more varieties than I can cook up, and luckily, he likes both options.
Now if he could just pick up some foods, he could have even more fun. I know he must want to try some mac and cheese if he knew what he was missing…