Bottle Feeding Babyfood

So it can be super hard to spoon feed a baby and it can also be difficult to get them to take their daily supplements. I can’t blame them, would you like a mouthful of slimy vitamin D oil? I think I’d spit it out,too.  I’ve used pouches but the consistency has to be just right and the child has to have a little dexterity. I find they work best for older kids. For little ones 4 months to a year it’s easier to feed from a bottle but they need more nutrition than just milk. My solution? Food bottles with a feeding cap and a thinner consistency of food.img_20170104_131922.jpg

It is critical that babies be exposed to a variety of fruits and vegetables from 4-9 months. This is not just for their nutritional needs but to help develop their taste buds and their tendencies towards desiring healthy foods as they grow up. It is also important to protect their immune systems and keep them as healthy as possible, while breast milk is amazing, making your own babyfood also allows you to add some immune system boosters as well.

Because different fruits and vegetables are different consistencies it is hard to give a precise recipe since all measurements are approximate. You will quickly learn what consistency comes through the feeding nipple at the rate that is suitable for your baby.

Approximate Recipe

  • 2 cups  – a mix of 2-3 fruits or veggies or salmon
  • 1/2-1 cup full fat, plain yogurt
  • 100-150 ml pumped breast milk

Boosts

  • 1ml -Vitamin D
  • 3 drops OnGuard essential oil
  • 1 capsule each of JuicePlus+ Red, Green & Purple (Fruits,Veggies and Berries)

Additional Resources

For info regarding what foods are safe to introduce at what times: Wholesome Baby Food

Two trusted doctors that I use for research and questions regarding best foods for baby or general health:  Dr. Sears (America’s Pediatrician) Dr. Axe (Doctor of Natural Medicine)

For more information regarding the supplements I use: JuicePlus+ and Doterra Essential Oils

 

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Pacifier Leashes

I love the MAM pacifiers, and my little one loves them too. For the first 9 months of his life he refused to take anything else and still prefers them to any other pacifier. However, we have a problem, he keeps losing them! Initially I bought 2 MAM pacifier leashes to try to keep them on but the leashes are not of the same quality that the pacifiers are.

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They use this cheap little clip with a sliding bar that doesn’t hold. Within minutes of attaching the pacifier leash it comes undone. We tried a universal leash but it had a metal clasp which rusted. As soon as I saw my little one sucking on a rusted metal clasp that went in the trash.

My aunt told me recently about someone she saw who was making their own pacifier leashes and selling them. Ironically she called to tell me about it at the same time I was searching for a solution to losing pacifiers. I wasn’t quite convinced that #1. I could find plastic clasps that would hold & #2. That making them would be cost effective. However, I decided to take a look. It took some searching but I finally found all of the necessary items on Amazon.

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These are the silicone rings, I got a pack of 10 for $9. I could have gotten clear and saved a bit more but since we have two boys I decided to spend the few extra pennies for the cuteness factor and got baby blue ones. Cost per ring: $0.90

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I found these plastic KAM clips with a locking mechanism and they hold one MUCH better than the MAM ones, I think nearly as good a the metal clasps do.  Again these are available in every color under the sun and different colors are slightly different costs but all pretty close to the same price.  This color was $8 for 15 clips. Cost per clip: $0.53

Final item needed grosgrain ribbon. I recently purchased a lot of 125 yards of ribbon, every color under the sun for $22. It worked out to $0.17 per yard, good deal. For each leash I needed only about 8 inches of ribbon. Cost of ribbon per leash: $0.04

At my local store a MAM pacifier leash runs about $6. Each leash I made cost me only $1.47. Since I actually reused the silicon rings from the two leashes I already had and just replaced the clips the ten leashes I made cost me a total of $12.90 vs. the $60 the same number of MAM leashes would have cost.                                  Total savings: $47.10

They are so simple to make! Here’s how I did it.

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Original MAM pacifier with leash. This is what I am trying to improve on.

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Cut 8 inches of grosgrain ribbon. This ribbon is 7/8″ wide my clips & rings had 1″ opening so this wa the perfect width.

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Feed the ribbon through the ring and fold over about 1-1.25 inches of fabric. Sew this down with a zigzag stitch. You may want to go over it twice for security.

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Feed the opposite end of your ribbon through the clip and fold over the same 1-1.25 inches of seam allowance. Sew down with a zigzag stitch. Trim your loose threads and you are done!

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Doesn’t the new one look so much nicer than the original!

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My hubby suggested that since we have 0-6 month size pacifiers and 6+ month I do them is separate colors. Good idea and the rings fit both sizes great. This was another flaw I had with the MAM rings, they only fit the 6+ size not the 0-6.

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Twenty minutes later my pacifier jar is loaded with 10 new pacifiers on leashes.

 

 

What is Baby Eating? | Applesauce Oatmeal

Daniel is nearly seven months now & still doesn’t consistently sleep through the night.  Everyone told me that as soon as their child started solid foods they immediately started sleeping 10 hours at night. Well, that hasn’t been the case for us. I thought that perhaps it had something to do with the fact that many people introduce cereals first, whereas we had introduced fruits and vegetables first.  I decided to introduce the healthiest of grains, oatmeal, and see if it helped us get some sleep. I wasn’t about to pay the outrageous prices for baby cereal when I could make my own. I  took a box of regular Oatmeal and processed it in my food processor until it was a fine powder. Took a quarter cup of that powder

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and whisked it with three-quarters of a cup water over medium heat

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continued whisking until it began to thicken

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Once it had thickened I added a half cup of applesauce

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Put it into his pouch and tried it out.

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He loved it. It didn’t help with getting him to sleep through the night. I guess he just isn’t ready yet. But the second day I feed it to him he fell asleep right after breakfast.

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So cute, I guess the oatmeal worked just not the right time to fall asleep.

Applesauce Oatmeal

1/4 cup finely ground oats

3/4 cups water

1/2 cup applesauce

Whisk water & oatmeal together over medium heat until thickened, add applesauce. Feed to baby

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What is Baby Eating? | Banana Yogurt

When my husband brought home his Farmer’s Market Bonanza  I needed to develop a new recipe to use up some of the bananas. I do use them in several of my recipes but had more than I needed even after making all of the usual items. So I decided to use some of the same ideas I had used with my Pumpkin Yogurt Smoothies and make Banana Yogurt.

Yummy banana yogurt!

Yummy banana yogurt!

The results? Yummy, Yummy in Baby’s tummy!

Banana yogurt

5 ripe bananas

1 ½ cup yogurt (Greek or strained)

1 Tablespoon alcohol free vanilla flavor

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon cloves

Feed the bananas through your food mill and then add the spices & yogurt. Carefully stir together until fully combined and fill baby food pouches. Store in the freezer and thaw in the refrigerator overnight or  in warm water for a few minutes before serving.

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What’s Baby Eating? | Sweet Potatoes

Daniel LOVES sweet potatoes, they were one of the first food we introduced to he & just like his Daddy, they are one of his favorite veggies. He would eat them all day everyday if he could so it is very lucky that they frequently show up at our Farmers Market 2 for a $1. It is so easy to make sweet potatoes for Baby food. Here is my very simple recipe.

Sweet Potato

1 large sweet potato

Roast your sweet potato at 350 until soft 60-90 minutes depending on the size. Slip the flesh out of the peel and reserve peel for making broth. Feed sweet potato through your food mill twice or blend in food processor or blender until smooth. Freeze in feeding pouches or in one ounce ice cubes.

 

See EASY! And it makes Baby so happy!

Sweet Potatoes are YUMMY!

Sweet Potatoes are YUMMY!

Baby Food Bonanza

Remember yesterday I had this great Farmer’s Market find of items to process into baby food?

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Well it took me most of the day working alone & them most of the evening into the night with my husbands help to finish up but here is the end result:

Baby food bonanza!

Baby food bonanza!

It took a lot of work to try to get everything in the picture! Her’s what you are looking at along with a cost estimate of what the amount of baby food would cost in the store.

58 oz Pumpkin Yogurt Smoothie = $87.00

158 oz sweet potatoes =  $237.00

28 oz banana yogurt = $42.00

52 oz peas =  $78.00

120 oz Avocado & Banana = $180.00

528 oz applesauce = $792.00

Total cost to buy in store $1,416.00

Total spent $17.85 

Total savings $1,398.15!

What’s Baby Eating? | Pumpkin Yogurt Smoothie

This is Daniel’s absolute favorite new food.  I can never make enough for him. He is always upset when the food pouch is empty. Try it with your little one over the holidays. Everything else is pumpkin flavored this time of year; why not let your baby in on the flavor pleasure?

Pumpkin Yogurt Smoothie

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1 banana

¼ cup pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ginger

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon cloves

1 cup Greek or strained yogurt

Blend banana and pumpkin with spices well in blender and stir gently into yogurt.  Pour into feeding pouches and freeze. When ready to serve take out and allow to thaw partially & “squish” pouch until it is the consistency of a smoothie, it should only take a few minutes to get to the right consistency.

Pumpkin Yogurt Smoothie makes Baby Happy!

Pumpkin Yogurt Smoothie makes Baby Happy!

What’s Baby Eating? | Applesauce

I have this in baby food recipes but I must say this is delicious applesauce for all ages! My husband told me I needed to make twice as much because I would eat more than the baby. Having grown up with a grandfather who had an apple orchard and a grandmother who taught me how to preserve food, especially applesauce, I am very picky about my applesauce. I have tried for years to replicate her applesauce because it appeared that the recipe for her applesauce died with her. I have been unsuccessful time and again and of course no store bought applesauce comes close to comparing. I finally think I got as close as possible with this recipe. Very simple, it allows the apples to shine with just enough cinnamon to add a warm flavor. Daniel approves and so does Mama!

Applesauce

                8 sweet apples (golden delicious are good, don’t use granny smiths they are too bitter for baby)

2-3 Tablespoons cinnamon to taste

It is best not to add sugar to baby food before 1 year so try to use very sweet apples. If you cannot get sweet apples or you are making applesauce for older children you can add 2-4 Tablespoons of brown sugar to taste if needed. 

Peel & core apples and reserve peels and cores for making broth.

I couldn't resist this cute picture of my little one "helping" me peel and core apples. Every recipe I post is done with a very active little one needing to be entertained while I do it. Apple stickers proved to be a great assist.

I couldn’t resist this cute picture of my little one “helping” me peel and core apples. Every recipe I post is done with a very active little one needing to be entertained while I do it. Apple stickers proved to be a great assist.

The absolute best way to get perfect texture for applesauce has been to use a food mill. If you do not have one you can gently process in your blender or food processor but you want to be careful because these tools can quickly change your apples from “sauce” to juice.

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Put your apples into a large pot and add an equal amount of water (I had 6-cups of applesauce so I added 6 cups of water.)

This is another opportunity to sweeten your applesauce without using refined sugar. If you have 100% pure apple juice you can replace part of the water with it, be aware this will effect your overall purity of ingredients as well as your overall cost.

Add the cinnamon & brown sugar if you are using it and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

To store you have several options:

  1. Place in glass mason jars and process in a hot water bath for 15 minutes.
  2. Store in food pouches and keep in the fridge for 1 week or the freezer for up to 3 months
  3. Freeze in one ounce ice cube trays and transfer to freezer bags when frozen solid.
Applesauce!

Applesauce!

I choose to use jars in several sizes. I ended up with 1 half gallon jar & 4 wide mouth quart jars. So a total of 1 gallon of applesauce. I only spend $3.00 for all the apples. The closest applesauce I was able to find to this taste has been at Whole Foods for $4.99 for a quart. I refuse to pay those prices again! Taking the time to do this recipe not only gave me a better flavor but  also saved me $36.92!

What’s Baby Eating? | Minty Green Peas

I have always loved peas. Growing up my mom told me they were “garden candy” and these sweet green nuggets from the garden really do taste almost like candy when prepared right and they are much healthier! Over the years we have grown them at various times but they rarely make it to the table because I will eat them straight from the garden, right out of their pods like candy from a wrapper!

Daniel must take after me in this regard because I made these minty green peas while he watched and let him lick my fingers before I filled the pouches. He was so excited and then proceeded to demand one of the pouches, loudly and with great force. He finished an entire pouch and I was only saved the demand for a second one by the arrival of Daddy. Fortunately this distraction prevented him eating my whole supply!

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minty green peas

1 bag frozen peas
1 healthy sprig of fresh mint

Steam peas for 20 minutes. Feed through food mill with mint twice or blend to a puree in blender. Fill pouches and freeze. When ready to serve thaw in a dish of hot water.

What is Baby Eating? | Banana & Avocado

This is one of Daniel’s favorites & it is very simple, a great first food!

Florida Avocado is on the left a traditional Hass Avocado is on the right.

Florida Avocado is on the left a traditional Hass Avocado is on the right.

1 very ripe Florida avocado (these are about twice as large as a California Hass avocado)

Over ripe bananas are sweeter - they are here to provide a natural sweetener to the smoothie.

Over ripe bananas are sweeter – they are here to provide a natural sweetener to the smoothie.

1 very ripe banana

Feed avocado & banana through your food mill twice or blend in blender until pureed. Store in food pouch, removing as much air as possible to preserve the bright color, freeze for up to three months – but usually these get eaten much faster around my house!

Avocado & Banana Baby Food

Avocado & Banana Baby Food