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Old 03-22-2006, 12:53 PM   #1
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Baby Food

As some of you know we had a daughter back in September and she is approaching a stage were we are going to begin feeding her baby food.

When I was a kid we did not have money and my Mom made all our food from leftovers, from what she tells me. I understand blending carrots or bananas to a sauce and feeding the baby but does anybody have any suggestions for baby food that would be tastier or healthier than just bananas or carrots?

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Old 03-22-2006, 01:34 PM   #2
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Any veggies can be pureed, but keep in mind that a babys sense of taste is not developed the way your is so what is bland to you is not bland to them in all cases.

I would start with any pureed veggies/fruits that your doctor has OK's. Some doctors will tell you to stay away from things like strawberrys some other fruits so many sure you know which things you are comfotable feeding her.
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Old 03-22-2006, 01:41 PM   #3
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I'd stay away from veggies that produce gas as well.
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Old 03-22-2006, 01:48 PM   #4
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then where does all of that gas in babies come from.

my son could work for a power company. and he laughs about it, the louder the better. diapers are multipurpose devices. urine and feces collection, fart mufflers....

that's my boy!!!!!!

bryan, i would suggest if you're gonna make your own baby food, try using organic foods whenever possible. when we were having trouble feeding my son because he was so sick, we switched to organic foods and it helped a lot. i've tasted them, and there is no comparison, especially with things like bananas, carrots, grapes, plums, etc..
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Brian - I used to bake squash and sweet potatoes, let them cool, mash them and put them in ice cube trays made for water bottles (long skinny) - they defrost faster than traditional cube trays. I also used to bake pears and apples, too. Bananas were a good fruit too.

When he was very young I would blend the ingredients in a blender - adding water as needed. As he grew, I would just mash.

Do not make your own carrots, however. In its natural form, they contain too many nitrates or nitrites, I cannot remember which one. Baby food companies remove them.

I agree with Buckytom, use organic whenever possible. As she gets older carry the organics through to dairy (milk, cheese) and meats as well as fruits and vegetables.

Hope this helps.
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Old 03-22-2006, 02:28 PM   #6
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Do not make your own carrots, however. In its natural form, they contain too many nitrates or nitrites, I cannot remember which one. Baby food companies remove them.
Very good point MM! I remember talking to our Dr about feeding the baby from my garden. She said anything I was growing was fine except carrots.
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mm, afaik, nitrates are not removed from baby foods, but rather the foodstuffs used to make baby foods are "screened" so that high nitrated ones are avoided. organic veggies are naturally lower in nitrates because they aren't grown with high nitrogen fertilizers.
nitrates become nitrites in babies' stomachs, which interferes with oxygenating of the blood, causing "blue baby syndrome".
since you cannot test for nitrates in your own carrots, i would buy the jarred stuff.

that said, my son eats a jar of "earth's best" organic carrots every day still to this day. he'll probably be in college someday asking for money, and earth's best carrots.

bryan, here's a good site for homemade baby food: http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/

and the direct link to the nitrate/nitrite issue: http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/nitratearticle.htm
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A good trick is to portion out the pureed food into ice cube trays, and when they are frozen you can pop them out and store them in ziplock freezer bags or plastic containers that can go in the freezer. They don't take very long to defrost at room temp and then you just have to nuke it for maybe 30-45 seconds on med. high. Just make sure you test the temp. before you feed the baby.
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Thanks for the info bucky. To this day my son also eats baby food carrots - he is 19 mos old! He used to do well with cubed veggies or little broccoli sprouts, but won't touch not a one now! He has become the pickiest eater. Earth's Best is the brand we use also. Gerber makes an organic chicken corn squash that he eats too - the only "meat" I can get him to eat. But lately he has been shying away from that, too.
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OK, I made piles of baby food for both kids. I would make a huge vat of apple sauce and then I would blend half apple sauce with blueberries, raspberries, etc. I also bought canned peaches and pears and buzzed those too. The only one I was told to avoid was rhubarb because of the oxalates (sp?). The rest of the fruits and veggies were fine, including garden carrots. As long as everything was cooked and pureed it was fine. The basic info I was given is be sensible. If your family has sensitivities to things, avoid those things. Start slow, but babies can eat anything you eat, just in a more liquid form. And if you won't eat it cuz it tastes weird...don't make your kid eat it.

Having said that, I will now say that there are new thoughts on childcare and feeding every day. Try not to let yourself be ruled by the current trend, and just let your kid eat what they like. I had one who INSISTED that she get solid food far before any book said it was time to give her some. (She lunged at my strawberry and wouldn't allow me to pry it out of her mouth...3 1/2 months old.) Enjoy that baby, they are sooooo much fun!
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