Everything I’ve heard from doctors and lactation consultants – confirmed by everything I was reading online – led me to wait until Charlie’s 6-month birthday to introduce solids.
So, with Friday being the big day, I figured when better than on a Saturday at home with the hubs?
I didn’t want to start with rice cereal because from what I’ve heard, it’s not really necessary. Being that I’ve spent the past month or so chowing down sweet potatoes, I figured that would be a great first food for my girl. So, I looked in a baby cookbook and scoured the Internet for a sweet potato babyfood recipe… What I found was pretty dang basic…
Sweet Potato Babyfood
1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
2) Pierce sweet potato with a fork (all over the potato)
3) Wrap potato in tin foil and bake for 45-60 minutes (it took my oven about 55 minutes)
4) Peel the skin off of the sweet potato (you might want to let it cool a bit because that puppy’s HOT)
5) Once cooled, chop up the peeled sweet potato and put in the food processor (we use our Ninja Kitchen System)
6) Before you blend, add breastmilk or formula. I used a pretty big potato (see photo below) and needed nearly 15 ounces of breastmilk to get it nice and liquidy.
7) Blend and then disperse into the freezer tray of your choice. I used this one from Mumi & Bubi.
This recipe filled up the entire tray (27 (1) ounce cubes) plus two additional feedings. Charlotte is currently only eating a Tablespoon of food per feeding per day, meaning this one recipe will yield 56 (1) TBSP feedings.
So, how’d she like it? Well, you can see for yourself…
OR just trust me when I say that she loves to eat. She reaches for the spoon, opens wide and eats her full TBSP. She’s also drinking water out of her sippy cup. They say babes should only have a couple ounces per day, so we just give it to her with her meal. We’ve only fed her twice, but so far so good! She seems to really enjoy it and loves being in her high chair. All in all, so successful and really cute. Another special thing to share with our girl.