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Monday, February 8, 2010

Making my own babyfood

So, I started feeding my daughter solids this week.  Determined not to waste my money on those ridiculously priced little jars of Beechnut and Gerber, I made my own food for her.  

We started off with rice cereal and I used "Baby and Toddler Meals for Dummies"  to get started.  

You put 1/4 cup of rice (preferably brown) in the blender and blend until it's a powder.  
Combine powdered rice with 1 cup of water in a sauce pan. 
Bring to a boil.  
Let it simmer for 10 min while stirring constantly.

Well... it didn't quite work that way for me. When I let it simmer, it lost lots and lots of water, turning into a thick paste, So I just added more water to it.  

Also, I discovered a smoother consistency when I not only pureed it while dry, but put it in the blender when I was done cooking it as well.  

It made enough rice cereal to last me a week.

...and despite what the following pictures seem to say, the food grew on her over the course of a week and she's now very eager to eat it! 

As for diapering, nothing has changed, really.  I don't notice a difference in the consistency or color of her poops so I'm still washing and spraying my diapers the same way. 

(Except for the fact that I've been hand washing them in the bathtub because our washer broke and the fixit guy won't be here til tomorrow... but that's a different story.)


amanda said...

how cool! i have never heard of anyone who made their own rice cereal before. i'm way too lazy to do it!! lol!!

The Jacobsen Family! said...

I'm all about making my own baby food this time around too... But didn't realize I could make my own rice cereal! Very cool! =)

Heather said...

I made my baby's food too, but I never tried making rice cereal! And, don't worry, the poop WILL change! :-)

Jessica said...

Oh, yes.....Heather's right....the poops will change for sure. She'll have big girl poops!

Man, you're good. I can't imagine doing all you're doing for her, and I'm at home with Leah! It's just not us, you know? And the sewing thing....well, I'm nowhere near that good, even though you always say I just need to practice. The thing with practicing, though, is that it brings with it failed attempts, which are generally hated by perfectionists.