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Why Water birth

Why Water birth

This go around, I am choosing to have my birthing experience in water. Water birthing has become increasingly popular over the recent years. However, both water laboring and water birthing go back to ancient times. The idea of water birth used to freak me out. […]

Why the WIC nutrition program doesn’t promote healthy food

Why the WIC nutrition program doesn’t promote healthy food

WIC (Women, Infant, and Children) nutrition program does not have our best interest at heart. At least, not when it comes down to feeding your family real and healthy food. You get the bottom of the barrel products and organic food is out of the […]

Mom Vs. Mom

Mom Vs. Mom

The first trimester of a pregnancy has proven to be very hard for me. The hormonal surge and physical changes can take an emotional toll on even the strongest women. Being a mom is tough, even from before baby gets here.  My first pregnancy was […]

Farewell to my mother, the narcissist.

Farewell to my mother, the narcissist.

One thing that I have learned from my mother is that, it is okay to be a narcissist. It is okay to be self-absorbed and care solely about your feelings. It is okay to overtly force your parenting responsibilities on your daughter and claim that […]

DIY Baby food vs. Processed Baby Food.

DIY Baby food vs. Processed Baby Food.

What do you do when you do not trust the jar food? Create  DIY baby food. After unsuccessfully trying to  feed my daughter the jar food several times, I finally gave it a taste myself. After I did that, I quickly understood why my daughter […]

The Teething Experience.

The Teething Experience.

I am aware of the teething experience. Each child is different so, it is hard to call how the teething experience will be  for one before it happens. Everything from fever, to fussiness is to be expected. A baby’s first tooth breaking through has proven […]

Little girls must know that they are beautiful…

Little girls must know that they are beautiful…

“You are beautiful“. That is a phrase that I didn’t hear my mother say to me when I was growing up. I never knew what beauty really was. As I got older, someone told me that I was a beautiful person and I didn’t believe […]

New Mommy Mistake: I gave the baby juice!

New Mommy Mistake: I gave the baby juice!

My daughter is now 5 months old. She has grown and transitioned so much since her birth day. Her personality is beginning to blossom and she does not look like the same baby that I held in the hospital. I had to put her on […]

I finally found my Happy

I finally found my Happy

When you think “A Mother’s Love“,  you normally think that there is no love greater than that out side of the love of God. A lot of us fail to make the mental connection of what that really means. A mother’s love is one of […]

My hand at breastfeeding.

My hand at breastfeeding.

It is easier than what it looks like. The job is not just as simple as whipping out a breast and letting your child feast. At least, not for a first time mother. Breastfeeding is important for several reasons. When you think about it, that […]


DIY Baby food simplified

DIY Baby food vs. Processed Baby Food.

DIY Baby food vs. Processed Baby Food.

What do you do when you do not trust the jar food? Create  DIY baby food. After unsuccessfully trying to  feed my daughter the jar food several times, I finally gave it a taste myself. After I did that, I quickly understood why my daughter was acting like I was trying to kill her. If I was an infant and I had someone try to feed me that garbage, I would react the same way. The Devil is a liar.

BENEFITS OF MAKING YOUR OWN BABY FOOD:

  1. You know exactly  what your baby is eating.  You can bypass all of the preservatives, sodium and sugar. After all, you are the chef.
  2. You get to personalize you baby’s diet the way that you see fit and you can expose them to different fruits and veggies that you cannot get already made. For instance: Plantains.
  3. The savings. Baby food can add up. It is a lot cheaper to make it and blend it yourself at home and if you have your own garden, baby eats for free.

DISADVANTAGES TO MAKING YOUR OWN BABY FOOD:

  1. You literally have to get off of your but  and make the food.

The sun didn’t break thru the clouds until I spoke out about my frustrations on Facebook. A friend of mines inboxed me on how to make baby food fresh and store it.  It literally takes a village to raise our babies. I have to share.

HERE GOES:

  • You can either do fresh fruit or frozen. However, fresh is ideal just make sure that you properly clean it thoroughly to rid produce of any wax or pesticides that may be on them. Also, start with basic fruits and veggie. Do not blend up a number one combo from crack-donald’s or a ham n cheese sandwich and think that that’s okay. IT’S NOT.
  • You can either steam or boil veggies until they are done. I prefer steaming.

 

  • Once the food is done, you can  begin blending. If for some reason, you blend up the food and it is giving your blender or food processor a hard time, add a little bit of baby water to the mix until  the food is pureed to you liking.

DIY-baby-food

 

Your baby food is pretty much made after this step is completed. The next thing is storage.

  • This baby food is all natural with no preservatives. Unlike the processed baby food, this does not have a “shelf life”. If you plan on sitting this on the shelf in the pantry, you will be throwing it out in a few short hours.  You must refrigerate this food once it is made.  If you cannot find small containers  for your food, I have another suggestion (thanx to my friend): ice trays. Use a spoon and fill the ice trays. Freeze the food in the trays for a few hours or at least until the food hardens.

 

  • Once the food hardens, remove from ice trays. Store the cubes in a labeled gallon-sized  ziplock bag and there you have it: HOMEMADE BABY FOOD.

 

When it is time to feed your baby, simply remove one to two cubes  and allow them to thaw out. For instance. I will give my daughter formula for breakfast. I also pull out her food  that I am going to feed her for  the day right after she finishes her morning bottle. You can use a microwave but I personally don’t recommend it. Instead, set the food on the stove in a bowl or in direct sunlight to thaw (perhaps on a kitchen window seal).

As you can see, making baby food is not a hard process. If anything, you will have more peace of mind.  My daughter noticed a difference between processed and homemade food.  She will eat the homemade food with no problems, fight, or hesitation. Give her the processed food and it is HELL TO PAY. The first five years of a baby’s life are critical. This is where they grow the most and soak up everything like a sponge.  As a mother, this suites me. I know what my daughter is consuming.


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