Maggie’s Friday Feast: Homemade Baby Food
There are so many things that I just don’t know as a new mom. I’m definitely learning from others and sometimes going with my gut, but often, I find myself completely engrossed in the books recommended by friends. Especially since every child is different and what may work for one kid may not work for another, it’s nice to refer to a book to serve as some kind of instruction manual and overarching expertise when tasked with a completely foreign activity that I know nothing about… sleep training, for instance (thanks, Sarah and Rachel!!).
So, when it was time to start introducing solids to my girl Marge, I didn’t know where to begin. I had heard lots of scary stories from other moms about the transition to “real people food,” especially why you weren’t supposed to give babies certain foods because of sodium, sugar, allergies, or choking hazards. Therefore, what did I do? Go to my excellent resource of the Nashville Library System and check out a couple of books to see which one I like best.
I checked out about three books, but the one I liked most (and agreed with my “momma’s intuition”) was “The Wholesome Baby Food Guide,” by another Maggie, Maggie Meade. What the book basically did was give me the confidence I needed to make all of Maggie’s foods, rather than to exclusively use store-bought baby foods.
This may not always be the case (actually I know for sure it won’t be), but I have made all of Maggie’s food so far. With the exception of oatmeal and rice cereal, all have been a creation from my breast milk + fruits and vegetables + our food processor (thanks, Uncle Dickie!). And, so far, Maggie loves most things! Sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans, peas, avocados, squash, apples, pears, peaches, bananas… she’s a big fan. It’s definitely a process that involves patience and a bunch of wipe clothes, but I also feel great knowing every ingredient going into her belly. This may just be a season, but I have very much enjoyed making food for our family of three much like I’ve enjoyed cooking for our family of two!
If you’re ever interested in going the route of making your own food, I definitely recommend this book. It’s encouraging, helpful, healthy, and in line with my pediatrician’s recommendations… always a good sign.