Baby food is easy: Beaba Babycook Carrots

It’s my right as a mother to get a little freaky when it comes to my baby.  For example, we use cloth diapers in this house (but I use a diaper service because putting poopie diapers in the same washing machine with my undies is too over-the-top even for me).  I also maintain a pretty rigid feeding and sleeping schedule (mostly because I think mom likes the consistency even more than baby).  And finally, I vow to make all of Fin’s baby food.

You see, I feel like a bit of a failure when it comes to breastfeeding.  I barely made it to six months and even then I didn’t “exclusively” breastfeed like the stupid American Pediatric Association recommends (they have no idea how hard it is, those stinkers).  The guilt of that failure requires that I make it up to Fin by feeding him the very best baby food I can manage.  And, lucky for me, Fin’s great-auntie bought us a Babycook by Beaba, which means baby food making is easy peasy.  This little gadget steams and purees all in one go.  So you can go from peeled organic carrots to perfectly smooth pureed carrots in about 15 minutes.  And you can make enough in one crank of the machine to last 7 feedings (I freeze the rest in handy dandy silicone Baby Beaba freezer thingees).  Now, it’s probably just as easy to steam in a good ole fashioned pot and puree in a good ole fashioned blender, but who wants to wash 2 pieces of equipment when you can just wash one?  In my book, that totally justifies purchasing another kitchen gadget.  Yes, I’m addicted to kitchen gadgets.

I’m sure you can figure out how this all works without me posting detailed pics, but here you go anyway.  If you’re skeptical that homemade baby food is better for your baby than jarred baby food, then you must take the Pepsi Challenge my friends.  Try it for yourself: homemade pureed organic carrots vs. jarred organic carrots.  You’ll instantly notice that the jarred version is a lot more brown than your homemade version.  That’s because jarred baby foods are cooked longer and are more processed.  They’re also made to withstand a 2 year shelf life.  And the proof is in the taste.  Homemade will always taste better.  Plus you’ll save a few bucks by making it yourself.

Just 15 extra minutes a few times a week.  Not a bad trade off.  Fin approved. carrots-6-of-6

PEAS: Daniel at 5 months

It’s never too early to start preparing kids to eat well in life.  When all a five month old has had his entire life is breast milk and formula, I’m guessing even lima beans will taste like candy.  Daniel has just begun delving into the vast arena of solid foods, and vegetables are where a 5 month old should start (I’ve read).  So when my brother showed up one day with my nephew in tow, and (being a father who’s still learning how to pack the diaper bag) he forgot to pack enough formula to satisfy his son’s healthy appetite, auntie saved the day by whipping up some homemade peas. peas-7-of-1

In my freezer I happened to have a bag of organic peas.  I boiled them in water for a few minutes, then plopped them into my super high powered Blendtec blender, added a little water, and pureed until creamy smooth.  It doesn’t get more simple (and preservative free with no added chemicals or stabilizers) than that!  Perfect way to start baby off right.  peas-7-of-2

Hating them himself, my brother was skeptical that “any son of his” will tolerate peas.  After Daniel took his first bite it appeared my brother might win the bet that his son would spit them peas right out because the little guy pursed his lips, raised his eyebrows, and clearly questioned what on earth he was force fed.  Taking his time with this new experience, Daniel went through several emotions from confused to disgusted and finally settling on sheer delight, all of which showed on his face over the course of two seconds.  He then opened wide and started to cry when we didn’t pour spoonful after spoonful into his mouth at warp speed.  I beamed with pride as Daniel enjoyed and gorged on the first meal I made for him, plus it’s always nice when a sister gets to prove her brother wrong. :-) peas-8-of-2

My brother, dumbfounded, conceded that his son actually might eat his vegetables without struggle, and graciously asked to take the rest of the peas home to feed them to Daniel the next day.  (Note, to test a baby for food allergies it’s best to feed them a single food for three days in a row to ensure they tolerate it).  Daniel left with a smile on his green smeared face.