Disclosure: Feeding your baby is a touchy subject for some, but I have had much success with the system that I use. So here it is for your convenience. Please remember that I am in no way a Doctor, these are merely suggestions of things that I have used.
I make all of my own baby food. I know that many feel that it is too time consuming etc. But I can assure you it is not. I have worked more than full time with both of my children, and have still had time to do it. I have a general philosophy about all of these types of things… Do what you can, you don’t always have to go all in! You can pick and choose what is most important for you to make. For instance… I make all of my own fruits and vegetables for my children. I do not make their cereal although there are many who do (I applaud you), I also don’t make my own yogurt. I have found what I believe are great products that I use instead of making my own. That is where I personally drew the line.
I usually do my online shopping through Amazon. I do this because it is so easy to find pretty much anything you need and also return it if necessary.
Here is my list of absolutely necessary items:
- Super Baby Food Book – I follow this book almost exclusively, I had great results with my son and am in the process of going through with my daughter. I cannot say enough about how wonderful it is. My favorite parts are the great array of different foods that are offered and the fact that you can make big batches all at once!
- Immersion Blender– Small enough to store easily, powerful enough to handle large batches.
- Storage and Feeding Containers-I prefer glass to plastic, they are easy to clean no worries about extra stuff in the food.
- Ice Cube Trays– These are great because they have a cover (no tin foil or plastic wrap needed). Clean up easy, and one cube is perfect size for first feeding.
- Spoons-These spoons change color if the food is too hot! Additionally, they are soft, and shallow so you can’t hurt or overfeed baby. I have several different types, these are by far my favorite.
- Bibs– Buy them in bulk, and don’t put them in the dryer (the plastic will shrink and ruin the bib). These are great! They wash up nicely and come in many colors so you can color coordinate.
- Wheat Germ-When you read Super Baby Food you will read about the benefits to brain development, but I put it into almost everything they eat.
- Earth’s Best Cereal– This is great cereal, not too expensive, and its all natural.
- Stonyfield Yo Baby Yogurt– It’s organic, and yummy. They start with just a little fruit in it, come in convenient little containers. They then have some that combine yogurt, cereal and a fruit or vegetable. They have even more options now than they did three years ago with my son. Its great!