Disclaimer- I know many decisions with babies are sensative issues so I preface this post with the statement that I am doing what I feel is best for our baby and best for the way we live and have researched and I hope you do the same for your kiddo whatever decisions you decide to make.
I pretty much knew that along with doing the cloth-diaper thing, I planned to make my own baby food. I am not at all domestic and don't always get a meal on the table for my hubby and me. So I knew to stick with this it would need to be pretty easy and something I could do in batches (no so much an everyday thing.) The hubby was on board for the health and cost-effectiveness but didn't want me to feel stressed out about it (which I can appreciate). We made the decision to delay the boy from getting lots of the gunk that seems to come in canned baby food. (Even some of the organic baby food brands that don't add stuff to the food still use BPA in part of the lids.)
Well-- now that he will be 7 months old tomorrow-- we have just started with "food" which is more about the skill of learning to eat than much nutrition this early on. Per what I have researched, Mama's milk contains all a baby needs until about 9 months when it doesn't quite supply enough protein for little ones. So our goal was to have him at least knowing how to eat with some regularity by nine months so we can more regularly supplement his milk. I plan to continue to breastfeed (Lord willin' and the creek don't rise) until 12 months give or take and supplement after one or two nursings with some puree.
We started with just breastmilk on a spoon around 6 months "feeding" him about once a week just to see how he liked it. He'd been watching us eat for a while with great curiousity so he liked it and did pretty well. We recently added a bit of organic, whole-grain rice to barely thicken the consistency. I had wanted his first food to be avacado since its easy to mash and has lots of health benefits. So I bought an organic avacado, mashed it and mixed it with some mama's milk and he liked it too. BUT he got a little rash on his belly so I stopped just in case it was related to that and not a heat rash after a hot day.
So flash forward to what this post is actually about...
I made my first real baby food today! I made spinach and green beans! I did a bit of research and found that only Hamilton Beach food processors do not contain parts with BPA. So that determined the brand I got. I bought this one which is the Big Mouth 14 cup version. The thing is a monster but it was the only version I could find at a local store and managed to pick it up on a major deal at KMart for only $24!
More about baby food making can be found at these great sites!