Making baby food doesn’t get any easier than this! The ’current’ opinion, at least in Sweden, is that from four months old little ones are ready to start tasting. Our youngest was born a month early so we weren’t exactly in a rush to start the day he turned four months, but a week or so after we brought out the potatoes, boiled them and mashed them with reverence – his first solid food. He couldn’t have been less impressed! His tongue didn’t even retreat back into his mouth once the potato touched it. The look on his face was complete disbelieve that we had just contaminated his taste buds with this (lovingly prepared) potato paste!
He wasn’t impressed a few days later, or a week after that or even a fortnight. I’ve totally heard that you don’t want to start with ’sweet’ things… or they won’t like savoury! Who makes up this rubbish anyway? Is it honestly realistic to believe that the first solid you feed them will shape their lives from that moment on – or even what they will or won’t eat the next day?! I totally bought it though – absolutely unwilling to risk that the introduction of banana would mean he would spit out anything but banana from then on out. Yes, yes, I can laugh at myself now, but would I do the same again? …What I would have liked to have understood a little earlier – with no results from the ’just add breast milk’ trick either – is that my little man just didn’t like potato!! As soon as we offered him something else (carrot in this case) he ate it all, and everything after that. At six months old he’d developed a technique for wiping the potato off his tongue by clenching his lips around it as he withdrew it into his mouth, then taking the water offered to him, not to drink, but to rinse, and then spit.
Take frozen sweetcorn – cook it in accordance with the instructions on the packet, then take a hand blender – swish… EASY!
(My little man is 8 months old now, so I haven’t blended his as smoothly as you’d want to if your little one is younger).
Because I don’t want to be making baby food everyday, I make a lot at once. Transfer it to ice cube trays when I’m done and freeze them. If you have awesome ice trays with lids – that’s fantastic. If despite searching for them you still can’t find them anywhere (that’s me!) – it’s totally fine, you don’t ’need’ one! Slide your ice tray into a freezer bag, trap some air in it so it doesn’t just stick to the food and secure the end.
My extra little tip is that you write on the bag what’s in it… once your freezer starts filling up with home made baby food you’re really not going to be able to tell the difference and nobody else has a chance. Also, write on it before you put the food in it, and before it’s been frozen… permanent pen is not good on frozen plastic!? …too much info? OK, just one last one! Cooked sweetcorn is as explosive when blended, as when popped… if you do it directly in the pan as I did below – you are going to be as covered in tiny sticky bits of sweetcorn as I was!
…And all this you can do with peas too.