Question: When did you start feeding your twins purees?
Answer: My boys actually started purees really young. We did purees during the ages of 4.5 to 9 months old. I know some will say to wait until six months for baby food. Some will say, including my pediatrician, that four months is ok. Some will say don't do purees at all, just do BLW (baby led weaning) at six months. Both of my boys struggled with constipation from their formula, especially once my breast milk dried up right around the time they were five months old. I hated giving them prune juice or suppositories, so my pediatrician said to start them on pureed fruits and vegis. It solved all of our constipation issues, so it was the right choice for us!
Note: I'm not going to "go there" too much in this post, but BLW (baby led weaning) is not and never will be for me. There are too many unnecessary choking hazards, aside from the fact that most pediatricians would never recommend it. My boys started with appropriate soft, bite-sized table food at nine months and by twelve months they were eating what we adults eat just fine....no BLW necessary to make them good table food eaters!
Answer: A lot of choices that I make are based upon saving money, but making our own baby food was really more about me knowing what I was putting in my kids' bodies, more so than how much it cost. We did occasionally use store-bought baby food. We actually started out with it, just to get the boys used to purees. We also kept it in the diaper bag, as it was easy to travel with. And I really did love those pouches of baby food for spoon-free feedings when we were out and about. Oh and I always used the store-bought bananas mixed in with the oatmeal cereal. I tried smashing up my own bananas with the oatmeal, but for some reason, my little guys would not eat it that way. For the most part though, I made baby food purees for the boys, and found that it was actually very easy.
Question: How much did you feed your twins?
Answer: Of course, the amount of purees that I gave them varied from when they were four/five months to when they were nine months. When I first introduced purees, I would let them share one "cube" of a vegi and one "cube" of a fruit for lunch and dinner. They then worked up to getting one fruit and vegi of their own. By the time they were nine months old, they were each eating two cubes of fruit and two cubes of vegis for lunch and dinner. Fruits and vegetable were addition to the oatmeal cereal (I chose oatmeal over rice cereal for nutritional reasons) and bananas they ate at breakfast and bed time. .
Question: How did you make your own baby food?
- Cook or steam vegetables / thaw any frozen fruits
- Scoop into trays
- Keep stored in trays or pop the cubes out and store in air tight containers
- Thaw when ready to serve
Questions: How did you thaw your baby food?
Answer: I used the microwave to warm their food, which some will say is a no-no. I never let it get too hot, so I say it's fine. With the fruits, I just let them thaw enough to stir, and I still served those cold. The vegis I warmed up a little longer, so they could be served warm. If you are completely against using a microwave, you can put your frozen pureed cubes in a small container with a lid, let it thaw in the refrigerator before serving and warm the the entire container in a bowl of hot water (similar to how you would warm a bottle).
Note: You can buy the Baby Bullet Food System, which is specifically for baby food making. Even if I didn't have the NutriBullet prior my baby food making experience, I would have purchased the NutriBullet over the the Baby Bullet for making baby food, if my only option was to pay full price for either one. Baby's only need purees for a few months, so the NutriBullet is a better investment, as I can get more use out of it in the long run.
The best part of about the NutriBullet is that it was easy! All I had to do was thaw and/or cook my produce, add a little water if needed, and thirty seconds later I had perfect purees ready to be scooped into my trays. The NutriBullet retails for around $100, but even without the babies, it is one of my most used kitchen appliances.