Feeding baby with the Baby Breeza ...

Friday, August 12, 2016

First of all I must say life is crazy busy! I have been trying to get this post up for six weeks!! What do I feed my kids and how do I prep my baby food is a big question we have been getting asked since Apple started eating solids.

I am going to start by saying not all babies are the same! I know this first hand! Having had four kids I can tell you that each one has had different likes and dislikes and they all accepted food differently. 

I will start with Braedy (the almost eighteen year old!) This boy could EAT! He still can eat! Pretty much was a food beast to start and at a few months old recognized meal time. He would grab at my plate or drool looking at anything people around him would put in their mouth. I started him just over four months on solids. (back then that was delayed feeding!) Since he was number one he got the special treatment. Slowly introducing a new food, monitoring his reactions, absolutely starting him on vegetables because what kind of bad mom would I be to give him fruit first?? He ate so well and life went on merrily!

Then Kaeden came along and it was time to feed this petite "mama's boy". I of course waited until six months because all the new books said this was recommended. We started on rice cereal and that was a great start. It was time to give him more so I cooked up a storm of baby food like I had with his older brother and gave him his first bite of the real deal. Veggies? wtf! That was his reaction!! No way would this boy open up for the healthy by the book foods. He was all about the perfectly warmed rice cereal with the sweet mixed store bought fruit layered on top dish. This is what he loved and I gave in.

Kingsley, was the adventurous one! He was ready to eat around five months but I waited until six. Avocado to start was the new way of feeding your baby and of course I wanted the best for his start to foods. I also had to make up for the bad parenting on the last child who lived off rice cereal and fruit. He loved the avocado..then easily accepted the nice steamed or roasted veggies.. of course gobbled all fruits .. then started on hot chicken wings at daddy's restaurant! I did say adventurous right. At least he did make a good clean start with avocado. At a year old Kingsley tried mussels at a nice restaurant we were out at and LOVED them. That became our go to when dining out if it was on the menu. You should see the looks you get when you pass your baby the plate of mussels they think you ordered for yourself!

Now miss Apple has come along and boy did that six months fly by. It was like I was bringing her home from the hospital and introducing solids. She wasn't a lover of foods to start because her addiction to milk is strong! It has been a struggle getting her to ear and avocado was a no-go for her first bite. We tried cereals and that did't work, then went to mixed foods and that helped a lot. If you want to hear a baby scream try and give them something they don't want. She can make the faces I didn't think were possible off things as easy as rice cereal. It has been a work in progress getting her to eat but this time I didn't worry. I knew she would come around eventually. Although, we did find out in Mexico she loves a perfectly cooked churro! 

After having four kids, I now understand how important the flexibility of parenting and feeding them is. I went from doing things by the book and cooking all the baby food to store bought foods then to homemade everything and now in between. The thing that I can say is; they all turned out OK. Each child had a different start but around a year old when we got over the humps and they started to eat more and more regular people food. By toddler years they ate everything from sushi to Indian foods and all the healthy home prepped meals in between. The big boys even had the great experience of their breakfast cereal having added omega oils! (They gagged those bowls down for over a year!! hahaha!) 

Here are a few of my recommended items when it comes to feeding baby.  

I am not doing a recipe post as I think you can really create anything you want and can't go wrong if you blend foods you would eat together.
To address meats being added - I do not puree my baby's meat. I finely cut it up starting with chicken and turkey then on to other meats. This has helped introduce texture to foods and who wants to have meat ruining those nice vegetable and fruit blends?

The Baby Brezza. This nifty blender not only purees but it steams all in one! Perfect for the busy mom who wants to throw everything in and feel like they accomplished motherhood by making baby food from scratch. (I won't mention to your friends a nine year old could do it in this simple unit!)

I am using the glass Brezza.

Puree as long as you want. More for those new eaters and less and less time as they get used to the chunks and textures.

(the food buzzing to puree perfection)

Don't be afraid to add flavors and spices to your baby food once they have sampled the simple foods. I love to add nutmeg to the roasted root vegetables or cinnamon to the apple mixes.
Typically, if it is something that works well for you in flavour profiles it will enhance the baby food. This helps grow their taste buds!

For a baby needing more fats and to add sweet appeal to the food try roasting the veggies in coconut oils. I roasted a mix of root vegetables last night while baking my chicken for supper to add to my baby food today.

I don't want to waste money on containers I won't use again but need smaller portion size for food prep.

from left to right :

My favourite container for everything in the kitchen including my baby foods (and family cut up veg and fruits in the larger rounds) is Wean Green!

Centered are my breast milk storage containers. The food easily warms from the freezer and if you run them under hot water the frozen food can be warmed quick in a bowl.

Top right are mini jars. These can be used for so many things after baby like screws holders, sorting your junk drawer, spices and the list goes on!

Bottom right are simple portioned Baby Cubes. They are great because you don't lose the lids! These aren't as good for transporting liquids but do work for dry goods later in the kids lunch bags.

From left to right :

Metal tiny feeding silverware by Kleynimals

Silicone covered metal spoon by Oxo (my go to for King)

Munchkin plastic spoon. Nice shape and amount.

Baby Bjorn wide spoon. (my fave for Apple because she limits her bites and I can get more into her on the 6-8 times she will open here mouth before she is tired of playing feed the baby.)

Kipiis are perfect to throw in your diaper bag. They make any napkin a bib! Simply clip it on and slide the slider to adjust around baby's neck.

When they start eating themselves the EZ PZ Happy mat. This was King's and I plan to get a borl and the smaller one for Apple that they came out with too.

Baby Mum-Mum's the BEST cracker and go to!

To help them with dexterity and to give yourself some freedom from your baby when you are trying to cook in the kitchen or wash dishes try puffed rice. It is simple and melts in their mouth. Very inexpensive too!

A mat under their high chair during the throw everything off stage helps. If you happen to not clean up the mess they made it makes you feel better because your floors are totally clean right?! It is just the baby mat that has crumbs. Shown is Prince Lionheart.

Hands down my favourite bib is the soft silicone by Make My Day. I bought this green one for Kingsley and so glad I still have it for Apple! It tightens perfect and works like a charm on!!

Shown is our Baby Bjorn high chair. Super compact and easy to wash!!


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