How You Feed Your Baby Solids Shouldn't Be a Matter of Life or Death

Feeding Baby SolidsWhen my first baby was ready for solid foods, I remember obsessing over it like it was some sort of dire situation. I mean, eating is sort of an important thing, but the energy that people put into baby food is a little extreme.

Okay, a lot extreme.

I have tried every single method out there when it comes to feeding babies solids, and I will tell you that I really wish I had calmed down and just done what was easiest for me. 

I know, it sounds completely selfish to say that I'm feeding my infant based on what makes my life simpler, but you know, we moms factor into the equation of a healthy, happy baby.

And for me, that meant not making my own baby food.

Oh, I tried it, with the blender and the recipe books and all the tools people use to make the food and then freeze it for later. But it just didn't work for me.

Turns out, my baby didn't really like that crap anyway.

Truth be told, I'm not the greatest cook in the world, but I did my best to do the best for her. Or at least what I thought was the best.

I cannot tell you the amount of time and effort I went through to make her organic pureed bananas that she squarely spat right out at me.

After a few times and way too much money on all the gadgets, I bought the jarred stuff and she ate it right up like I was feeding her candy.

I realize there are lots of arguments about what's healthier and concerns that baby food in a jar might kill all the nutrients. But really, what are you doing when you're boiling the veggies and fruits on your stove and then mashing them up?

For me, the convenience and the time saved were of the utmost importance. I wasn't getting much sleep and I was working full-time. The time I spent making food, I could have used to actually enjoy time with my baby or just relax.

Yes, yes, I know new moms aren't supposed to be able to relax and enjoy themselves, but looking back now, four kids later, I really wish I had.

Like anything else involving raising babies, feeding is a choice you make. And if you love making your own baby food, then more power to you.

But if you're wondering if it's worth it, or if you're not sure what to do, take my advice. Try it if you like, but don't feel bad if it doesn't work, and worse, don't let anyone else make you feel like you're somehow less of a mom when you whip out a jar.

If I lined up my kids for you right now, you wouldn't be able to pick out who ate what when they were babies. And quite frankly, the fact that they're healthy and happy and I am too, well ... that's all that really matters.

What kind of solid foods did you feed your baby?

 

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linzemae linzemae

I started her on avocado. Made all the starter veggies. She hated my peas and green beans. She loved Gerbers though. I tried to just give her fresh mashed whatever fruits and veggies I had on hand. Around 8 months I

stopped with purees. She would just make a mess. She would rather feed herself and had 6 teeth so she has been doing blw since.

Blues... Blueshark77

I made the baby food at first, but once she started eating more solids it was hard to keep up and provide lots of variety so I used some store bought organic baby food as well. I did try baby led weaning, but she always managed to bite off huge chunks of food and would choke and throw up. She choked really bad once and I had to suction vomit from her nose so she could breathe. After that terrifying incident I stuck with purees and worked our way up to thicker and chunkier foods. She's a year old now and she feeds herself, but I still have to cut up the food into very small pieces.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I just gave mine an age appropriate version of whatever we were eating. The only time we used jar food was when we were out over meal time. My baby is 13 months and I just cut up anything too big, I haven't made a separate meal in about five months. She will eat anything but pineapple at this point. 

bless... blessed5312

2 of my 3 never had baby food they wouldn't eat anything pureed so we did BLW with small pieces and slowly due to family allergies. My oldest I did homemade babyfood just to have better control over possible allergens because he reacted to a lot of things included oatmeal! 

Katha... Katharine205

Mine had store bought baby food - that's just what worked for us.  I didn't realize there was a big scandal over jarred baby food though.  Good grief, it's pureed peas, not crystal meth.

ashjo85 ashjo85

I used jarred baby food. Every once in a while we'd have something for dinner that we had lots of, and I'd add a little water and puree it. That would last days! The jarred food era doesn't last long. From 4-6 month until they have enough teeth to eat most things cut up/mashed.

Diane Davis

Well, my kids are teens now, so really, everyone fed babies jar food. With jar food being so expensive now, I think if I was making something, a vegetable, or spaghetti already, I would make some for these and puree it. I am going to say that whatever is best for the baby is best; however, whatever you are capable of doing is fine as well. If you are too busy to cook and puree, feeding your baby food from the jar is just as fine. It is whatever season of your life you are in. We should never put one another down because of our decisions in life. If anything, we should be supporting one another in whatever decision we make, because usually, that is the decision we have to or are forced to make based upon our circumstances.

Lucki... Luckicharmz

Jarred food, between second time through college and working full time I didn't have time for that homemade nonsense. My son started eating our food at 7 months so it didn't really make that big of an impact on his health.

Angelique Toadvine

With my first, I made all his food.  I actually enjoyed it.  I tried a couple of jarred things, but he didn't care for them much.  My second just turned 6 months last Friday and I tried to give him his first solids this weekend.  I had a ripe avocado on hand and mashed some up and thinned it with a little breast milk for him.  He wasn't thrilled.  I know it will take some getting used to, but if I remember correctly, my first literally "ate it up" when I gave him his first solids.  I'll do puréed for a while since he has no teeth right now.  I'm going to try banana next.  Maybe he'll like the sweetness.  I'll make his food initially, but I am not against jarred.

Samantha Ueno

baby led weaning--you don't need to puree or mash foods for baby, it is important for them to learn to chew their food before they swallow and they have a sensitive gag reflex so they can learn to eat by themselves at an early age. It was so easy, too! 

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