My daughter Etta is 6 months old already. With Jack, I eagerly anticipated every new milestone and found myself saying "I can't wait for..." a lot. Well, now he's almost 4 (wtf) and it all went by too fast. SLOW DOWN FATHER TIME. So with Etta, I'm clinging hard to each step and not wishing anything away. Because I know the next milestone will be reached before I can even blink, and soon she'll be going to her prom with a nerdy, sweet, somewhat unattractive boy who will only look better with age and invent something major (sorry, jocks, Carson will kill you).
I won't make a habit of posting baby food recipes, but if making your own seems like a daunting task to you - I wanted you to see that it isn't. It takes two simple steps, and a small amount of fruit or vegetable can go a long way. All you do is 1. cook/roast/boil/steam whatever it is you're making and then 2. puree. Done. If desired, add a little milk/water/formula to thin it out, but as they get older you can play with the texture. Eventually, you can add spices or layer foods together. The possibilities are endless! Here, I roasted two sweet potatoes in a 400 degree oven for 1 hour (make sure to poke them multiple times with a fork so they don't explode). I let them cool, then I peeled off the skin and pureed them in a blender (with a bit of water) until smooth. I like to store leftovers in an ice cube tray, freeze them, and once frozen pop them in a bag and freeze that. Instant homemade baby food. And Etta loved it! My sweet little 6 month-old girl who squawks like a bird and slaps her chest like Tarzan.
I'll tell you what I CAN wait for, by the by, and that is pureeing meat. Gross.