So we are on day 6 of solid foods with Gunnar. And it is going really well. He seems to be really into it and it's been really fun watching him grasp this new concept. We started with avocado for one day, and then due to our avocado going bad we moved on to bananas for 4 days. Bananas were a huge hit and super easy because we didn't have to do any "cooking".
Today Gunnar had his first carrots! FYI: We are planning on making most of our own baby food but there are certain baby foods that you should NOT PREPARE at home. Carrots are one of the foods you should buy pre-made. Our pediatrician gave us a list of foods that are considered unsafe to prepare at home for baby. The vegetables on the list we were given include: Beets, Turnips, Carrots, Collard Greens and Spinach. In some parts of the country these vegetables contain large amounts of nitrates, a chemical that can cause an unusual type of anemia (low blood count) in young infants. Baby food companies are aware of this problem and screen the produce they buy for nitrates, they also avoid buying these vegetables in parts of the country where nitrates have been detected. Since we can't test for this chemical at home it's considered safer to use commercially prepared forms of these foods especially while your child is an infant. (Click Here for more information)
Earth's Best Organic Carrots today. They were a HUGE hit...as you can see!
I am looking forward to making some more fresh baby foods. Do any of you moms have baby food books that were particularly helpful for you? I'm looking to do some "research" on how to make the best applesauce and preparing other foods.