CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Mother's Day is this weekend and this week we turn to our KFVS new mother, Laura Wibbenmeyer along with Vivian Josephine and her mom, Victoria Wibbenmeyer.
Laura explains how she makes baby food for Vivian.
"We started her on some solid food at six months. I just wanted to know exactly what was going into her food. I wanted to be able to choose organic. I just really enjoy knowing that I prepared it for her. I know exactly what she's getting. She's now actually seven months this week so she's been having them for a little over a month. She really seems to like it, I like it and it's way easier than I ever thought it could be. For me it works, but I now know whatever works for any mom - that's what you've gotta go with.
So right now for Vivian in the freezer I have green beans, zucchini, pears, butternut squash and sweet potatoes. Then, she does a few table foods like banana and avocado that you don't need to freeze, you can just eat fresh. I pretty much peel everything I can. I know there are a lot of nutrients in the skin sometimes, but with her not having many teeth right now, I just peel everything.
So I'll just cut these up now. I try to do it in one-inch pieces. They steam faster that way. I just have an actual steamer, but I know some people like to steam things on the stove or bake certain foods. For me it's just easier to pop them in here and let them go.
We'll go ahead and do the organic green beans with the organic pears. If you can't find fresh or bagged fruits of vegetables, it's best to do frozen instead of canned. There are just more nutrients that way. I've found that just about everything is tender in about 15 minutes. You get to play with the baby while it all cooks. Huh? That's the best part.
It is steamed, I usually just double check to make sure they are tender so I know it'll puree easier. I'll take water from steaming them and put it in the blender because you do lose some of the nutrients in the water. To puree them, you can use a food processor, but i just use an old school blender and that seems to do the trick.
Then you just pour them in these things. You can use an ice tray, but I bought these - they're a little bigger portion size, but an ice tray works fine too. Then you just pop them in the freezer.
Not only do you know what your child is getting, you'll also save money by making your own food versus buying baby food from the store. I think it was a success! The ultimate tastetester. All done!"
To thaw, microwave frozen pod 10 seconds at a time until thawed. Check to be sure it is not too hot for your baby before feeding. Talk to your pediatrician about which foods are right for your baby, and introduce new foods slowly.