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Convince me to make baby food

Nihon's picture

Here's a challenge for you - convince me that it's worth my time and effort to make my own baby food.  I can think of a number of reasons why people might make their own baby food, but few of them really apply to me.  For example:


"It's so much healthier than the stuff in jars."  The stuff in jars has ingredient lists like "Carrots, water" and sometimes includes ascorbic acid for extra vitamin C.  Sounds like what I'd use, only with extra good stuff. 


"It doesn't have all the pesticides and stuff you find in jarred food."  I can buy organic baby food, even at Wal-Mart, but it's difficult and expensive to find organic produce here.


"It's expensive to buy that jarred stuff."  About $0.50 a serving or less, and it takes me about 30 seconds in the grocery store to get it.  Fresh produce may be cheaper, but the prepared servings take up a ton of storage space in the freezer, and I have to take time away from the baby to make it and package it.  That applesauce that my daughter rejected?  It took me half an hour to make that.


I can see the benefits of feeding her homemade stuff once she graduates to being able to chew things, but since she's just on single-ingredient meals right now, I don't see the point.


Somebody convince me otherwise.


- Nihon


btw, if you're interested in giving your baby food from your plate, avoid little tiny broccoli florets with lemon butter.  That got the same "imploding face" routine as my sour applesauce did.  Score:  E=2, Nihon = 0

MadMom's picture

(post #44389, reply #1 of 60)

You've convinced me...sounds like you ought to just do what you're doing.  You might try some things which are easy to fix, like avocado...besides, if E doesn't like it, you can eat it all, LOL.  Otherwise, I'd go for the jars, but what do I know?



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Jean's picture

(post #44389, reply #2 of 60)

My babies thrived on the jarred stuff, but that was give or take 45 years ago. LOL.

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MadMom's picture

(post #44389, reply #3 of 60)

I hear you!  Back then, it was nice to have the jars to put various things in (did your DH like to put them near the workbench for little nails, parts, etc.?)



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Nihon's picture

(post #44389, reply #23 of 60)

My dad made a spinning rack for over his workbench, where he nailed the lids of the jars onto a drum.  You could see all the screws and nails, rotate it so that the row you wanted was down, and unscrew the jar from the holder without disturbing the others.  I'm saving jars for him to make one for our basement ... quite a family tradition!

JaneRose's picture

(post #44389, reply #44 of 60)

E will probably stop wanting the jar stuff JUST before you have enough jars for your spinning rack. What will probably happen is that she will see you eating interesting things and realize that YOU are not eating the little jar stuff. And unless she is in a hunger panic, she will demand YOUR kind of food.
I personally think the plums and some jars for travel are fine. I can't see the meat gunk unless there is a situation like Ellie is in with chewing issues. Once you start meat, be prepared for a whole new smell arena in the diaper stuff. If she is seeing you eat and expresses interest, you will be popping bits of stuff in her mouth. Cereal for that initial carbo loading will give way to other carbs like noodles soon, too.

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #44389, reply #4 of 60)

About the only reason I can give off-hand is that it allows you to introduce other, "exotic" stuff into the baby's diet. It's been a long time since I've had to feed a baby, but unless times have changed dramatically, Heinz was not offering things like avocado, yogurt, cottage cheese, mangoes, etc. I also recall (but this may well have changed ) that ready-made baby food had lots of sugar, sodium, and colouring agents added to them.

Edited to say Whoops! Meant to address this to Nihon.

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Edited 11/14/2005 5:25 pm by shywoodlandcreature

AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #44389, reply #10 of 60)

One of the really nice things about living in an area with a large Hispanic population - exotic baby food. Gerber and Beech-nut both sold mango/peach baby food, tropical fruit and yogurt baby food and on and on.

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Jean's picture

(post #44389, reply #15 of 60)

This has been around for a while, but it's so appropriate to the discussion. ;)


Ignore the first one, it was an oops. sigh.


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shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #44389, reply #16 of 60)

OT, but a fun fact nevertheless: I once worked with the woman who had been the original model for the Gerber baby!

MadMom's picture

(post #44389, reply #17 of 60)

Oh my...better than claiming you worked with the woman who was in the Ivory Soap ads.  Wasn't that Linda Lovelace of Deep Throat fame?



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butterscotch's picture

(post #44389, reply #53 of 60)

Actually, I think it was Marilyn Chambers of Behind the Green Door!

MadMom's picture

(post #44389, reply #56 of 60)

You're right...never could keep the porn queens straight!



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sanderson's picture

(post #44389, reply #58 of 60)

I made my own for the same reason I breast fed...easier.  I used this ...basically it's a small volume food mill.  My kids ate what we did from enchiladas to oyster stew. 

AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #44389, reply #59 of 60)

I went through one of those, and still have the second one around somewhere. It was a godsend. So many kids with low-tone and eating issues wind up getting tube fed, because they can't gain weight. I swear that food mill kept Ellie from that. She was really underweight, and I just kind of guessed it might be b/c she was eating mostly watery baby foods (she was 1 1/2).

Got that food mill, and she ate pizza from it, and spaghetti, and pork chops with apples and onions - you name it, she ate it food milled.

That, and a high calorie shake, helped her put on some muscle mass.

Anyway, I still have that food mill somewhere - if I find it, do you want it, Nihon? It's in good condition and has a carry case, too. So you can food mill while you are out and about.

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Biscuit's picture

(post #44389, reply #60 of 60)

I used that, too, when we traveled - great little tool.  At home I just used the blender.  Like you, I did it for the same reason as I breast fed - it was just easier, for me. 

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AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #44389, reply #19 of 60)

The real one? There is a lady that lives here in Temple Terrace that is for sure the real one - has the original drawing or something like that to prove it. But apparently, there have been many imposters over the years, including an urban legend that Jane Seymour (the actress) was the model.

But, the lady that lives here hasn't always lived here, I think. I'll have to go googling now...

And here she is: Ann Taylor Cook

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Edited 11/14/2005 7:26 pm ET by AmyElliesMom

 

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shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #44389, reply #20 of 60)

That definitely is not the woman I knew! Hmmm... now you have me thinking I might have been a bit naive lo those many years ago! LOL - not that it matters at all!

(and for MM - Yes, I think it was Linda Lovelace who had been the Ivory Snow model -- 99 44/100 percent pure!)

MadMom's picture

(post #44389, reply #21 of 60)

Well, darn...when I read that she was a writer, I was sure you had met her while you were editing.  Oh well, there are probably a lot of imposters out there.  Good to know who the real one was...is...whatever.



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AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #44389, reply #27 of 60)

Oh darn - It would have been neat if you'd worked with her. I was hoping I could facilitate a reunion, lol! She's only been a writer since she retired, though, I think.

Isn't amazing, though, the tales people will tell about themselves - just for the "fame"? I don't get that.

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Nihon's picture

(post #44389, reply #24 of 60)

I was in Kroger the other day and saw that starting with the Stage 2 foods they have some of the foods from Gerber's recitas latinas product line.  These include things like mango, zucchini, pollo y arroz, carne asada, guava, and red beans with chicken and rice.  We've got a large hispanic population here (in Kentucky?  Yep, somebody's got to take care of all those horses, and it sure isn't the folks at the country club), so I guess it makes sense.  I'm looking forward to trying some of those to see if the whole "if you eat spicy food when you're pregnant, your baby will like it at the table" thing is true.  I specialized in spicy Indian and Mexican food when I was pregnant, so I fully expect E to wolf down her first tikka masala!

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #44389, reply #26 of 60)

Way after raising my kids, I had a very good friend who was Chinese.  He and his wiffe had a baby and about 6 months later at his house I noticed that the baby was eating Chinese food.


Got me to thinking since my kids wouldn't consider eating Chinese food.  The simple answer is that what the baby was always fed. Babies are not much different than dogs when it comes to eating.  When they get hungry enough they will eat anything.


AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #44389, reply #29 of 60)

That is sort of true - babies and young children actually have something like twice the tastebuds as adults - so that's why they tend to like more bland food. What tastes bland to an adult will have plenty of flavor for a kid.

Even as we age, our taste buds continue to drop off, so that what we like when we're 20 won't be what we like when we're 40. It's one reason older people like the spicy food, or so I've been told.

But, Ellie was eating everything we ate, just fine, including spicy stuff, until just a few months ago. Apparently, 3 year olds must be the masters of their domain in all things. Including ketchup. Evil, evil ketchup....

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MadMom's picture

(post #44389, reply #30 of 60)

Doesn't make sense.  Just a thought, but it seems to me that a lot of people who are older like spicier foods because of the bad habits they've picked up, like smoking.  Most smokers like their food a lot spicier than non smokers.  I've noticed that I'm more interested in different tastes as I age.  Perhaps that's the good influence of CT, but who knows?


Most babies I've seen eat things that would be way too much for me, like raw lemons...have you ever seen a baby grab onto a piece of lemon and suck on it?  I think babies eat whatever they're exposed to.  If they're born in China, they eat Chinese food, if they're born in Afghanistan, they eat whatever people eat there.  We feed them bland food because we think they shouldn't have sugar and salt, without thinking of other ways to increase the taste through added spices.  Just my two cents. 


As far as babies changing tastes, most people here who bragged about how wonderful their little ones' palates were at two are dismayed when they hit three and decide they want nothing Mom wants to feed them.  I don't think that's so much a matter of changing taste, but of the little one finally realizing that they can control what they eat.




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Jean's picture

(post #44389, reply #31 of 60)

but of the little one finally realizing that they can control what they eat.


And the when and where of other bodily functions too! LOL


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MadMom's picture

(post #44389, reply #32 of 60)

Amen!  Anybody who talks about the "terrible twos" hasn't had a child who's reached three yet, LOL.



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AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #44389, reply #34 of 60)

I'm just going by what Ellie's feeding therapist told me, as well as her nutritionist. Ellie had some sensory issues when she was younger (many kids with neuro issues seem to), and couldn't handle certain textures of food and certain flavors (like tart).

One explanation for kids liking sour stuff is that it is such a sensory sensation (if that makes sense). Lots of candy these days is sour - kids seem to have an affinity for sour. But, they almost universally dislike cabbage and veggies of that sort. Bitter and spicy are not tastes kids like, but adults do like them. But, most adults don't go in for the super sour candy thing - we would never suck a lemon, but like you said, some babies and toddlers will.

Anyway, when I wanted to know why Ellie gagged and coughed when served potatoes or spinach, her team told me about babies having more tastebuds than adults. And for kids that have sensory issues that affect the tongue/tastebuds, that's a real disadvantage. Of course, the only way to treat it is to keep offering the food.

editing to add: Found this on a google search

Too bad the only people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair. ~ George Burns


Edited 11/14/2005 9:50 pm ET by AmyElliesMom

 

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CHandGreeson's picture

(post #44389, reply #36 of 60)

My daughter loved pico de gallo when she was about 12 months old. Then there was about 6 years when she wouldn't touch it and now we are back to salsas again.

She rarely ate anything out of a spoon from me and I had to constantly come up with smooshy food for her. It was a huge hassle and I would have much rather been doing something else, anything else, than feeding her food that would end up on the floor, or in her hair, or in my hair.

Do what you are happy with, and when Elizabeth can stand on the chair and help with the pancakes, get her into wholesome, mom-made food then.

elizaram's picture

(post #44389, reply #5 of 60)

The only objection I can think of that you didn't cover is the fact that most jarred baby food tastes disgusting. :-)



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TracyK's picture

(post #44389, reply #6 of 60)

That was going to be my point... Get a couple jars, open 'em, and take a whiff. I wouldn't want to eat that crap either. ;-)


That said, I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with the jars... whatever works for you!


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Nihon's picture

(post #44389, reply #25 of 60)

I have done the sniff test, and the only one that smelled funny was the banana.  Everything else was pretty much what I expected.