Bananas for Babies

With the family’s new addition arriving any day now, babies are on my mind, more than usual you might say.  Anymore, I can’t help but give in to the urge of following the current celeb baby news and trends.  Who’s expecting their first or next baby?  What celeb child has the cutest or most unique name? (Apple and Ireland are pretty tough to beat if you ask me.)  I’ve developed a routine of browsing through racks of baby clothes, admiring the adorable onesies and teeny outfits on every shopping visit.  If it weren’t for the gender surprise and lack of money, I’d be in some serious trouble! – By the way, did you know Snoop Dogg and David Beckham are cooking up the idea (see what I did there?) of a children’s clothing line together? – Unexpected, right?  But I must say, it sounds exciting!

Anyways, all of this baby bustle has me thinking about baby food (among many things).  For years, parents have preferred feeding their kids homemade baby food instead of commercial.  As far as I know, this is the plan for the soon to be baby Lawson.  So what? What are the advantages of making your own baby food?  Well, they’re actually pretty simple.  According to a post by dailySpark, there are five good reasons to make it yourself.

  1. It’s cheaper than buying the pre-made food available in stores.
  2. You know for a fact that the foods don’t have any additives or preservatives.
  3. It encourages your child to eat fresh fruits and vegetables early on.
  4. It helps the environment.
  5. It gives you control over the foods your child is eating.

Flickr - Cascadian Farm

Now of course there are plenty who disagree or choose to take a different route for whatever reason, that’s perfectly fine!  It is their call after all; I’m not here to convince anybody otherwise.

Still, I’m curious, do I have any mommies or daddies to be in the crowd tonight?  Maybe you’re inspired by the idea of making food for your baby or toddler but just don’t know where to start.  Don’t panic, you’re in luck.  Today’s Internet gives us unlimited access to the vast collection of sources out there.  Come on, let’s diverge our attention from our everyday Internet use for purposes related to communication, social medial, entertainment (take your pick).  Instead, try to remember how useful it can be for answering questions or teaching the simplest everyday tasks.  As you might guess, one quick Google search is sure to bring you the advice you’re looking for.  Everything from baby blogs with recipe ideas and parenting tips to how to videos demonstrating the best techniques and equipment to use.

For anyone inclined to navigate towards tradition, feel free to explore the many recipe books a number of parents turn to.  One that comes to mind is Feed Me I’m Yours by Vicki Lansky.  Not only is it a best-seller, but I’ve recently come to know it as the book my mom used for all four children in our family.  I don’t have much experience with the book but I have flipped through it a time or two.  Besides, it seems my mom got some great use out of it and well; I like to think she knows her food.

This brings me back to where I started, baby Lawson, won’t you just get here already?  I’m dying to meet you!

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2 thoughts on “Bananas for Babies

  1. I spent a good six months steaming carrots and mashing up sweet potatoes for my toddler. It was a little more work, but based on his reactions it tasted much better than jarred baby food. Plus, it made the transition to grown-up food a lot easier.

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