Saturday, September 19, 2009

I heart the Babycook.

It's been a little more than 2 months since Thomas started eating soft foods. I loved the Babycook when I started (the raves are here).

Two months later, I love it even more.

I didn't realize I'd use it as much as I do. It's a staple on the counter and it's even been used a number of times to make small batches of simple soup for us (butternut squash being the most frequent). It's fantastic for reheating, and so easy to rinse & clean. No clunky food processor or immersion blender + steamer to clean. Normal use is twice a day + afternoons where I batch a good deal of food.

Currently in the freezer? As seen above, left to right: purple cauliflower, pears, black plums, nectarines, applesauce, peas, sweet potatoes.

What has Thomas eaten so far?
  • Sweet potatoes & yams
  • Parsnips
  • Cauliflower & purple cauliflower
  • Green beans
  • Sweet baby peas
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Nectarines
  • Plums, pluots, and black plums
  • Peaches
  • Butternut and acorn squash
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow squash
  • Carrots
  • Avocado & bananas (served ripe and mashed, no need to cook)
  • Bananas
As we look ahead to fall, I'm freezing ahead fresh fruit and getting ready for winter squashes. Costco has fantastic bag of organic 'frozen fresh' peas & green beans for about $4-5 each, which makes each serving about 15 cents. has been a great resource for ideas for foods, especially denoting which foods are nutrient dense.

In the last week or so, we've added YoBaby yogurt - on it's own or swirled with fruits or veggies. As Thomas has started chewing a bit more, we've added Gerber Puffs and Mum Mums to give him a chance to begin chewing. To help him begin chewing fruits and veggies, as I start new batches, I'm dicing the food into smaller pieces. After it's finished steaming, I puree part of it (into a chunkier puree) and leave some pieces soft and intact for him to 'gum' on.

Each day, he gets more coordinated with his eating. Less food in his lap and more in his mouth. And I love the freedom that he gives me as he become more independent. I can feed him AND clean the kitchen at the same time! :)

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