Cubes of Love

7 02 2008
frozen baby food
Beets, broccoli & pumpkin
The variety of commercial baby food is extremely limited not to mention costly. The grey tinted mush looks incredibly unappetizing and the packaging is wasteful. The most variety I have seen comes in the form of fruits and desserts. Can you believe some of those little jars have added sugar? And what baby really needs to be started on peach cobbler or vanilla custard at 8 months old?

Don’t get me wrong, commercial baby food has its place. I’ve bought plenty. I don’t always have the time to cook and the little sealed containers travel well. All I ask is that you consider two things:

  1. Look at the label. A fruit mix may sound yummy, and your baby may gobble it up, but is it full of sugar?
  2. Consider making your own. It’s not hard. Make a little extra of whatever vegetable you’re having with dinner or steam a large pot of a fruit or veggie of your choice. Puree with a stick blender, food processor or standard blender and freeze in ice cube trays. Bag up once frozen and keep for up to a month or so.

      You’re setting your child up for a lifetime relationship with food. Do you want them resentfully choking down salads and ordering hamburgers at a Middle Eastern deli or craving broccoli and lapping up Vietnamese noodle soup? Lastly, remember, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Babies sometimes need as many as a dozen or more taste tests before they’re willing to accept a new flavor. Your little one may never like parsnips no matter how many times you try, or they may surprise you and take to them on the 5th try like it’s the best thing since sliced bread! Although Seth ate just about anything put in front of him, we’ve found that Eleanor needs a more gentle introduction. We often mix a little in some rice or barley infant cereal, increasing each time until she gets use to the flavor. It’s done the trick every time.

      Want more detailed how-to information, suggested fruits and veggies to try or baby food cookbooks to aid your efforts? Leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do.



      2 responses

      7 02 2008
      painted fish studio

      a really great post! now, if only i had a baby to feed…

      10 09 2009

      HELP!!! Starting to feed baby. Can we chat sometime? Love, Jenn and Skylar

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