Thursday, August 13, 2015

Homemade Baby Food - Sweet Potatoes

When it came time to start looking into how and what solids should first be introduced to a baby, I immediately decided I wanted to feed my baby as much homemade food as possible; right from the beginning. 




Now, I do not make all of her food homemade (such as carrots, because of the nitrates, and; green beans because of the hard skins) but I will be making a majority of her food homemade. The types of food that I made homemade will increase as she grows, of course.




The first puree that I made for Piper was a Baked Sweet Potato Puree.




I baked the sweet potatoes in a 400 degree oven for about an hour. I removed the skins and pureed the potatoes with my magic bullet. I added water until it was the consistency I thought was best for Piper.




I bought the Infantino Fresh Squeezed Simple Squeeze Kit and 50 Freshly Squeeze Pouches to get me started on my homemade baby food adventure. These are the basics.




Just to give you an idea: three large sweet potatoes made about 5 pouches of sweet potato puree. In the beginning, Piper was eating about 1/3 of the pouch at each sitting, but now she averages about a 1/2 pouch at 6 1/2 months old.




I wouldn't let the pouches sit defrosted in the refrigerator for more than a couple days {as if she'd let that happen, anyway}. I have kept the leftover sweet potato pouches frozen for about a month now. The last pouch from this first bunch is in the fridge defrosting right now!




A few sources I found useful when entering the world of homemade baby food:

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