So my son has just turned seven months and is eating like a champ. At four months we started him on solids because he seemed extremely attentive to the food and drink going into our mouths and it just didn't seem fair to make him wait. I pulled out my copy of Super Baby Food to remind me of the best foods to start him on, and for some wonderful suggestions down the raod. First, we went with organic rice cereal.
I used the Earth's Best, as I want to start him off on the most pure foods I can. He loved it. We have gradually progressed on to other fruits and veggies, and he's loved almost everything so far. I feel very lucky. I'm also excited to be playing a role in his food preparation by actually making much of his baby food. It's so easy! And it really doesn't take long to make a big batch of a vegetable or fruit puree and freeze it in an ice cube tray. When it's frozen, simply pop the cubes out and store them in a labeled zip top freezer bag and you're set. Or you can use these portable Baby Cubes from One Step Ahead. These go from freezer straight into your diaper bag for days when you're on the go.
Some of Dylan's favorite foods have been sweet potato and winter squash (I bake them so they caramelize and develop a nice flavor), apples and pears, and avocados. I think I'm most excited about the avocados for several reasons. First, they're loaded with Omega-3's, essential fatty acids that help with brain development. But they're so quick and easy - simply slice one in half, scoop it out and mash with a fork. Voila! I mix in half a banana sometimes, or some mango puree. Dylan eats it up every time!
So try a hand at making some of your own baby food and see just how easy and inexpensive it can be!