I shared a few weeks back how I was making William's oatmeal cereal from scratch. It's been so easy and required very little effort that I just knew I would love branching out and making more of his food when the timing came.
According to our doctor and everything I've read in books, cereal should be well established before beginning vegetables or fruits. We started oatmeal with William 1 time/day and did that for about 1 week. Then we upped the amount to 3 times/day - breakfast, lunch and dinner. We did this for 2 weeks and then we started him on his very first veggie - squash!
Our pediatrician encouraged starting veggies first because, well...fruits are sweet and what kid doesn't love sweet stuff? ;) We decided to start with yellow veggies first and once we've tried those, we'll move onto green and then we'll start fruits.
It's also important to make sure and not introduce new foods too quickly. You want to watch for any possible food allergies. It's recommended to wait at least 3 days before introducing a new food.
Butternut and Spaghetti Squash Puree
Start by pre-heating your oven to 400 degrees. Cut your squash in half and lay face down on aluminum foil lined baking pan (this makes cleanup SO easy!)
Bake squash for 1 hour, or until soft when poked with a fork
Remove seeds and scoop out the flesh. Chop into smaller sections so that it can easily go into your food processor, baby bullet, Beaba, etc.
Add squash along with some water (I just eyeballed it) to your food processor or other blending device.
I was so happy to score this Beaba at a yard sale for $15! It came with all these great little plastic storage containers too! However, you can certainly do the same thing with a regular ole' food processor and some ice cube trays.
Blend to a puree. Add more water if needed.
Then store in freezer safe containers or ice cube trays.
These will keep for about 4 months in the freezer. When you're ready to thaw, just heat it up in the microwave for 1 minute until piping hot. Stir and allow to come to room temperature. Then serve to your little munchkin. You can also mix this in with the oatmeal or rice cereal to tame the flavor if your little one doesn't care for the taste at first.
I was so happy to get 22 containers of homemade baby food for less than $3!
Store-bought baby food from a jar would have cost me FOUR times as much!
And, it can't get any easier than plopping it in the oven, walking away for 1 hour and then blending it together. And the best part is, I know exactly what's in the food - just squash, water, and lots of love! :)