Assalamualaikum and hello.
This is my second post on baby stuff, if you haven't read about Marissa's Bath Routine, you can go HERE and take a quick read on what I have been using on Marissa. Ahh, solid food. It is one of the most exciting part, well for me at least. Can you believe that Marissa is 6 months plus already? She'll be 7 months next week! I am enjoying every moment with her, especially now she started eating and oh boy I love looking at her eat all the purees I made for her.
I make her food fresh, daily. In the beginning it was a bit difficult to estimate how much should I cook for a day but as the time goes by, I am able to cook the right amount of the day. If there's any leftover, I will keep it in the fridge for the next morning or noon, depending what time she wakes up from her sleep. Before starting her solid, I asked around, how much should I feed a first timer? I read that I can start with one tablespoon because sometimes baby can't even finish one tablespoon. Well, not Marissa. *haha* she can finish up to 4 tablespoons per sitting and I am quite amazed actually! But I limit to 2oz -3oz per sitting, and I feed her 2 or 3 times a day.
Some say it's better to feed your baby his or her milk first because if they eat first, they won't want to drink their milk. But Marissa is different I guess. I feed her first, then after half an hour, I will give her milk around 5 oz to 6oz and she can finish that too. I am so blessed that Marissa eats EVERYTHING (so far) I made her. Lets be hopeful that she won't be a picky eater when she grows up.
Okay, so as far as her food selection, I've tried 5 types of fruits and veggies. I made them into puree with one ingredient only. I feed her the same type of food 3 days straight before changing to a new one because I want to see whether she has allergies reaction or tummy ache whatnot when she eats certain food. So far she's doing great on each type I gave her so next week I can start combining 2 ingredients together. Well if your baby starts solid food, her or his poops is going to be different. LOL just keep that in mind. *hahaha*
How to make your baby puree?
I chose the method of steaming and steam boil. I don't have the fancy baby steamer because I don't think it's a necessity. I just use my rice cooker to steam her fruits and veggies.
|Before steam : Pumpkin|
|After Steam : Pumpkin|
I use the steam boil method for sweet potatoes. Cut the sweet potatoes into smaller pieces, put in some water, enough to cover the potatoes and cook until fork tender. I like to close the pan with a lid to make the cooking process faster.
|Steam Boil : Sweet Potato|
After the veggies and fruits are done steaming, I blend it with my smoothies blender. Sometimes I add water into the blender, sometimes I don't. It depends on how much liquid does the fruits/veggies rendered out. After that, I will put the puree into portioned container and let it cool completely before putting into the fridge. I use ClevaMama which I bought in Mothercare for about RM56 if I'm not mistaken.
You can actually find lots of these types of container online and in stores, it's pretty easy to find. You can use this type of container to freeze the puree you made for a month (or more, depending on the type of food). Don't forget to write the date when you made it because you don't want to feed your baby long overdue food right? As for reheating the puree, I boil hot water and soak the container into the hot water. I am trying my best to avoid using microwave for my baby food.
|I use this to store Marissa's food when we need to go somewhere. :)|
Lets check out what purees I have made for Marissa!
Pear and apple gotta be her favourite since it is sweet. Pumpkin and sweet potatoes has almost similar taste and she seems to enjoy it as well. The fact that she eats the broccoli puree I made for her is really amazing! *hahaha* she looked a bit reluctant but she actually finished the whole bowl. :P Anyway, I'm gonna give her spinach and carrot next week, let's see how it goes. And I am going to start giving her porridge once she reached 7 months. :) That's all for now, till my next Baby Talk series. :)
**Disclaimer : I am not a professional nor a specialist, I am just sharing about what I love and dislikes, what Marissa's enjoys and what I experienced as a first time mom. Our opinions might not be on the same level, but remember being a parent means putting our child first. Every body has their own way of parenting so please keep the positive vibes coming in, I really appreciate that. :) And to new mommies-to-be, maybe you can read my experience as your guidance or additional knowledge. :)
Thanks for reading!