I've had a few people ask about how I'm liking The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet cookbook that I blogged about. I love love love the book. It's been my little bible for introducing Juniper to solids, and it's been going so well (knock wood). The book is packed with information. There are useful tips in the beginning, and then the recipes go month to month. We've almost gone through all of the six month recipes, and so far she loves sweet potato, banana, apples, pear, avocado, brown rice cereal, and her newest favorite — green peas. And the book has a section in the back where you can rate the recipe on how the baby liked it (applesauce cereal is Juniper's 5 star recipe), when you first made it, and any notes on how you varied the recipe. The book has made starting solids with Juniper feel really easy.
And a couple other tools that have helped me with homemade baby food: a food mill and baby-size glass containers. The food mill has been key. The portions in the book's recipes make a few baby servings, but it's still a small portion to put in your blender. I suppose you could triple the recipe, but since we're trying everything for the first time, I want to make sure she likes it first. My blender was getting stuck because there wasn't enough liquid to go around — and to be honest, it feels easier to clean my food mill than my blender. My OXO food mill works so well. And unlike a blender it takes care of the skin, seeds, etc. So you don't have to peel and core apples and peel your sweet potatoes. With the peas, the food mill takes all the inside and leaves the outside shells, which makes it an even smoother puree than a blender would make. I hunted around for the right glass containers, because I wanted to avoid storing her foods in plastic (especially for freezing.) I love how these Wean Green containers are not only glass, but they come in baby-size portions of 4 ounces. So you know how much you're storing and can see how much you're feeding her. Plus, the different color lids are super fun and can be used to color-code foods. Hooray for solids!
Images: from my iPhone and from Wean Green.