Beginning Baby Food

Our son, Malcolm, turned five months old yesterday. We have been working on starting solid baby food for a few weeks. It’s still more of a supplement to his regular bottle-feedings, and probably will be until he’s at least a year old. So what are we feeding him?

Apple Sauce

picking apples
He may have had part of this apple this morning

When Mia was pregnant, two foods always caused Malcolm to do orca-rolls: apples and zucchini. We hoped that it was a sign that he loved whatever flavor he got in there. Well, good news: he loves apple sauce.

Malcolm gets Mia’s standard no-frills apple sauce. She cooked down and froze at least half a  bushel from last season’s apple-picking trip in New Hampshire. Simply peel, core, and dice a bunch of apples. Throw them into a pot with a little water (so they don’t burn before they start to cook down), and cook them until they’re apple sauce. Eat or freeze.

Brown Rice Cereal

This is another insanely easy baby food to make. Malcolm wasn’t too sure about it at first (I’m sure it doesn’t have much in the way of flavor), but now he devours it.

Grind brown rice in a coffee/spice grinder until it’s a fine powder. Put it in a pot with some water and cook it into a pleasant mush.

Science nerd corner: When you grind up rice like this, it increases the surface area by several orders of magnitude, so it requires much more water than the standard 1:1.5 or 1:2 rice-to-water ratio. It also cooks faster.

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We’ve tried tastes of a couple of other things: bananas, winter squash, mixed puréed carrots and sweet potato, and mango. When we add more things more consistently, I’ll report back on his likes and our preparation tips.

One thought on “Beginning Baby Food

  1. My mom used to make all my sister’s baby food from scratch. Eight years later when I came around, she didn’t work that hard. :-/

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