The first food Charlie tried was banana in her feeder. The first puree she tried was asian pear, which she is obsessed with (like mommy and daddy).
I purchased a few things and did my research before starting this journey. I will share with you what worked for us and what didn't. After her four month check up with her pediatrician, we were told that we could start Charlie on solids, but since she was exclusively breast feed it was better to wait until she was closer to six months, as her digestive system continued to develop. At around five months old she was started to become interested in what Darab and I were eating so we decided to try solids.
Let me just say your babies poop will never smell the same, and constipation is not fun for your baby. I am her pooping cheerleader/cuddler. At her six month check up her pediatrician said she should be eating two to three ounce baby food meals, 24 ounces of breastmilk, and she can start drinking five ounces of water or freshly squeezed juices. She said this will help with her constipation.
Where to start? We are in no way OCD parents. Darab has some colleagues in Allergy Medicine, and after talking to them we made a conscious effort to expose Charlie to things, including spending a lot of time with our animals, to help her develop a healthy immune system, and hopefully avoid a lot of the allergy problems down the line. That being said, when it came to her diet, I wanted to make sure I was doing everything by the book. So naturally, I bought a book. Well..actually a few books. If you want to buy a book I recommend The Big Book of Organic Baby Food. I just feel more comfortable feeding Charlie organic food that I can make her at home. I definitely think that later when we are more on the go I will substitute for premade baby food, but right now it is easy and if all else fails I can easily give her avocado or banana.
*We also introduced peanut butter to her, again with the thinking in the medical community, that early exposure could potentially help avoid allergies down the line.
I purchased the BEABA Babycook 4 in 1 Steam Cooker and Blender. If you don't want to spend unnecessary money you can steam the fruits and veggies and throw them in a food processor. But since Charlie is my first (and not last) baby, I decided to invest in this. For me it makes cleaning a lot easier. I only have one thing to clean, not ten. You steam and blend the food all in one.
I bought the NUK Masher from Amazon. This thing is amazing! Super affordable, easy to use, and easy clean. I mash avocado and bananas for her and she loves them. I think we might actually start using it to make guacamole when we have guests over too.
I store the food in glass yogurt containers I got from Amazon. The extras I freeze in the silicone freezer storage and put them in freezer ziplock bags and label it with the date and type of food. I use the Beaba spoons or dessert spoons.
We have the Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair. I love that this high chair grows with her and she can use it for years to come.
I juiced fresh orange juice and apple juice for Charlie, and I thought she was going to love it...but she hated them both. I think new textures take some getting used to. I also had to get a nipple for her bottle shaped like a Y. This made the juice come out faster than she is use to. After a few trials, she's starting to like apple juice.
I bought a Masticating juicer because it gives you more juice than a Centrifugal juicer. You can also do more things with it, such as making fresh frozen desserts, natural baby food, nut-butters, grinding coffee beans, and using it as a food processor.
In the mornings when I am making myself coffee and letting the dogs out I hand Charlie one of these with banana in it. I absolutely love this! The pacifier feeder is definitely easier. It's smaller and fits in her mouth better. It's also easier to wash. I think the boon will be better when she is older since it is bigger.