Baby Food and Baker Sales...

I have two announcements.

1.  I've been making baby food.  I never thought I would feel so fulfilled by steaming and mashing up food for AB.  I've always wanted to make baby food, but never realized how easy it would be.  And it's yummy (I've tasted all of it!)  I've posted a fun recipe below.

AB before a meal.  Her response to eating outside.  Her FAVorite.  Can you tell?

2.  I've opened up an Instagram shop. Did you know there was such a thing?  It's like a really organic grassroots etsy.  People are selling vintage, homemade items to their followers on instagram.  It's really fun and I hope you will head over to @BakerSales and follow me to see the latest items I post on there.  I've found some really fun vintage book prints along with other vintage home decor to sell.  It basically fuels my additction for estate sales.  Please support my addiction.  ;) 

Find me on Instagram:  @BakerSales

But seriously, if you have any specific items you've been looking for, please let me know so I can be on the lookout!  I have my own list of things I'm looking for, so please add to it!  I love shopping for other people.

Ok, Back to baby food. 

I have been really good (at least I thought so) for the last 4 months since giving AB whole grain cereal, to keep her foods separate.  I wanted her to learn to like foods as they were intended.  Carrots.  Peas.  Squash.  And she's done pretty good, with the exception of peas.  Man, I agree.  I don't like them either.  (she won't know that.  We don't want her growing up to be a picky eater like her mommy.  - says Stephen)

Sunday afternoons become food prep day.  Carrots, Squash and Broccoli here.  Frozen in individual servings.

BUT, we've taken a slight turn from our "no mixing food" rule.  She had one of those fancy pouches while we were traveling.  She LOVED it.  It had pumpkin, sweet potato, blueberry and apple.  Can I get an Amen?  The girl would not stop eating it.  Her arms flapped like a little bird ready for more.  (see below her response to bananas.  Girls got bananas DOWN)

So, I decided to mix together a few items I had a home, and she LOVES them.  I'm sure there will be parents out there that frown at mixing foods, but at this point, this teething girl doesn't want to eat much of anything at night, so in order to get her to eat, I'm mixing. 

Here's what we had last night:

Kiwi (yum), Avocado (green goodness), Banana (her fav) and apple (because she's so sweet).  And she loved it.

No blender needed.  Just me and a fork and a bowl.  So easy and it made a ton.  I saved the unused amount in a cute little glass jar (no picture) in the fridge.  We'll see today if it turned brown or not.  I'll report back.

So, what do you feed your 8 month old?  I'd love feedback.  She now has almost 3 of her front teeth (1 top, 2 bottom) so I feel like she could handle puffs, etc. but she won't have anything to do with them.  How do you get your children to eat with their hands?  Stephen told me not to worry about it and that she will learn. 

But if you saw the disgust she has on her face when food touches her hands, you would be doubtful too.

Recipes?  Tips?  Send them my way.

Until then, I've bought pumpkin puree.  And I'm totally going to copy the expensive little pouch we bought.  Can't wait to see if she likes my version as much as the store bought one!  Mine will be made with love.  Hope she can taste it.  ;)


Jordan said...

AB is such a cutie! With Nora we mostly did baby led weaning (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby-led_weaning). She took right to eating solids! I'm not sure if it's because she had really great hand-eye coordination, or if the coordination came because of going the BLW route. Whatever way you go, best of luck. Stephen's right, she'll learn eventually. It's just a matter of- how fast do you want her to be self feeding so that you can be done with purees and having to feed her yourself.

AliceB said...

I totally cannot advise on what to feed an 8 month old, but we want to try BLW, too.

When we were registering the other day at Buy, Buy, Baby I did see that they sell refillable pouches so you can create your own squeeze packs to take on the go! Seems smart if you're making your own food and she liked the pouch serving style :)

jennp said...

So cute! Yay for making your own food. It tastes so much better than the store stuff.
My favorite dietitian recommendation for feeding babies and young kids is "Child of Mine Feeding with Love and Good Sense" by Ellyn Satter. You can go to her website and get some of her info http://www.ellynsatter.com/
I've seen kids that don't like getting their hands messy and sometimes its just a developmental sensory issue. You can try regularly putting soft mashed foods and things like puffs, tiny pieces of banana, avocado on her tray while you are eating and just let her play with it.
She can definitely try puffs..those things melt in your mouth and soon as they touch saliva.
Watch out for mashed fresh banana..if you don't wash it out of clothes right away it stains terribly.
Other favorites of my kids were cottage cheese and bushes baked beans. I would buy the bushes baked beans because they are very small and then wash them in a colander to get most of the sauce off.
Oh and I just had to tell my kids to quit eating off the floor. They were pretending to be dogs..lovely :-)

jennp said...

oh and I should say...the "developmental sensory issue" does not mean there is something wrong. Kids just develop at different rates. Meg had sensory issues with eating solid food. She didn't really eat solids until she was 8 months old and never let us feed her at all. She never even ate puree. Just went straight to mashed and small pieces.