Chef Mama Part 2–Making your Own Baby Food

In part #1 of this series, we discussed what you need and how the process works.  If you are anything like me, you are wondering when to start which foods and how MUCH food that your child should be eating for each stage.  This was given to me by a good friend and it has been my saving grace throughout this process.  I hope this helps for you as well!

To clarify a “serving”: I use ice cube trays to freeze Logan’s baby food.  I also have containers that are sold to freeze “servings”.  These servings come out to be the equivalant of three ice cubes from my ice cube tray.  If using the servings, it easy to gauge.  If you are using ice cube trays, I say use the “three cubes = one serving” rule. 🙂

Beginners….months 5-6

Upon waking = bottle / breastfeed
Morning = 1/4 to 1 serving and bottle / breastfeed
Noon = bottle / breastfeed
Afternoon = 1/4 to 1 serving and bottle / breastfeed
Evening = bottle / breastfeed
Bedtime = bottle / breastfeed

Foods = (See previous post in part 1 of this series.) 

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Month 7

Remember to thicken your food a little this month.  Also….this is what we went by as a guideline.  LOGAN wouldn’t eat his food AND drink a bottle back-to-back, so we had to break this up and do extra “feedings” in-between until he got used to bigger meals.  We’d feed him and then give him a bottle about an hour later. 

New foods = asparagus, white potatoes, mango (this is my son’s personal FAVORITE FOOD right now), blueberries, oatmeal, carrots, green beans and peaches.  (REMEMBER:  One thing at a time! It’s good to ALWAYS wait a few days in between to be able to pinpoint allergies.)

You can also add yogurt and cottage cheese this month, if you have ruled out any dairy allergies and if your pediatrician agrees that it’s okay to go ahead with these things.

Upon waking = bottle / breastfeed
Breakfast = 1 to 1 1/2 servings and bottle / breastfeed
Lunch = bottle / breastfeed
Dinner = 1 to 1 1/2 servings and bottle / breastfeed
Bedtime = bottle / breastfeed

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Month 8

Thicken the food once again this month.  Your baby should start eating foods with more texture now.  Remember that you can ALWAYS thicken your food with cereal if you feel like it is too thin.  If your baby needs to gain weight, adding cereal (or cereal mixed with formula) is always a good idea.  You can also add snacks if your child seems hungry.  Trust your MOMMY INSTINCTS here!  We sometimes give Logan an extra serving of cereal before bed if he seems a little hungry so that he sleeps better.

New foods = cantelope, broccoli, cauliflower, plums, turnips, watermelon, pineapple, kale, eggplant, lentils, pinto beans, black beans.

Logan Eats Baby Mum Mums for the First Time–6.5 Months

I know, you may be thinking, “EW” on some of these.  However, remember that you can “combo” these or even ones from the previous months.  You don’t cut OUT any of the previous foods, you only add to them.  My son (for example) LOVES avocado and kale.  I can barely stomach the smell of it, but it’s one of his FAVORITE THINGS!

Upon waking = bottle / breastfeed
Breakfast = 1 1/2 to 3 servings and bottle / breastfeed
Lunch = 1 1/2 to 3 servings and bottle / breastfeed
Dinner = 1 1/2 to 3 servings and bottle / breastfeed
Bedtime = bottle / breastfeed

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Month 9

Now is when you really can have fun with texture.  You can add tiny pieces of pasta to food to increase texture to get your baby used to the “chunkiness” of whole foods.  My son turns nine months next week and we plan on adding stars and “abc” pasta to increase his texture.  We will probably start adding whole (very soft) rice as well. 

I’m excited to start really “combo’ing” foods that Logan is now eating.  We’ve started little things like cinnamon in his sweet potatoes (which he ADORES), but now to the good stuff.  Now that your baby is used to the new flavors of foods, you can really have fun with this. 

New foods = chicken, red meat, turkey, greens, shredded cheese, beets, chick peas (garbanzo beans), finger foods!!! (Start with small pieces of soft fruits and veggies.)  You can simply add a frozen serving of food to finely chopped meat and mix!  Your baby should love it.  I can’t wait to start adding this for Logan.

Feeding schedule = same as month 8! 🙂
Guideline:  4-5 servings of fruit and vegetables daily, 2-3 servings of cereal, and 2 servings of proteins.

AND THIS is where we are right now.  You’ll just continue to keep doing this until your baby is feeding himself completely!  Here is wishing you the best and many, many great moments with your little one.

HAVE FUN!

(Part three to follow with fun recipes to try.)

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