Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Baby Food Recommendations by Weston A. Price Foundation

So Owen is 6 months now, and he's been eating some fruit and veggies once a day. I'm about to alternate giving him (homemade raw milk) yogurt and egg yolk in the morning, fruit/veggie at lunch, and pureed meat/veggie in the evening. We're working our way there. I've got to figure out how to make the yogurt and pureed meat. Never done that before.

Here's Weston A. Price's recommendations for feeding babies:

Foods By Age

4-6 Months

Minimal solid foods as tolerated by baby

Egg yolk--if tolerated, preferably from pastured chickens, lightly boiled and salted

Banana--mashed, for babies who are very mature and seem hungry

Cod liver oil-- 1/4 teaspoon high vitamin or 1/2 teaspoon regular, given with an eye dropper

6-8 months

Organic liver--grated frozen and added to egg yolk

Pureed meats--lamb, turkey, beef, chicken, liver and fish

Soup broth--(chicken, beef, lamb, fish) added to pureed meats and vegetables, or offered as a drink

Fermented foods--small amounts of yoghurt, kefir, sweet potato, taro, if desired

Raw mashed fruits--banana, melon, mangoes, papaya, avocado

Cooked, pureed fruits--organic apricot, peaches, pears, apples, cherries, berries

Cooked vegetables--zucchini, squash, sweet potato, carrots, beets, with butter or coconut oil

8-12 months

Continue to add variety and increase thickness and lumpiness of the foods already given from 4-8 months

Creamed vegetable soups

Homemade stews--all ingredinets cut small or mashed

Dairy--cottage cheese, mild harder raw cheese, cream, custards

Finger foods--when baby can grab and adequately chew, such as lightly steamed veggie sticks, mild cheese, avocado chunks, pieces of banana

Cod liver oil--increase to 1/2 teaspoon high vitamin or 1 teaspooon regular dose

Over 1 Year

Grains and legumes--properly soaked and cooked

Crispy nut butters--see recipes in Nourishing Traditions

Leafy green vegetables--cooked, with butter

Raw salad vegetables--cucumbers, tomatoes, etc.

Citrus fruit--fresh, organic

Whole egg--cooked


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Homemade Baby Food

So, I started Owen on some real foods one month ago, when he was 5 months old. I was going to wait until 6 months, but all of those beautiful, seasonal first foods like squash and pumpkin and apples, tempted me and I gave in. I've been making them all at home from fresh, local produce. People keep on commenting how much work it is to make your own baby food, but it really isn't much work at all. It kind of surprises me when people say that, because it's way easier than cooking dinner for your family, and you can make so much at once!

Great article about nutrition for babies and the value of making your own baby food!