Ok so my wife is 19 weeks preggers and I'm curious about what to feed the baby when he gets here. What kind of baby food would you recommend? My wife and I are really thinking about making our own food since we know what's in it and it would save us money. Anybody have any good receipes or ideas for baby food?
Cook some fresh whole kernel corn, press the juice out of it, and feed baby the juice.
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Well, you still have plenty of time since the baby won't eat real food until he/she is at least 4-6 months old. Take a look at http://www.superbabyfood.com/ it's a book with lots of recipes. It leans vegetarian.
Truth be told though, baby food is mostly about fun and developing healthy habits; infants (under 12 months) still need to obtain the bulk of their calories from breastmik or formula. Toddlers are the ones where you have to actually do meal planning and try to make sure they eat properly. But for infants it's more about developing eating skills and tastes. Those skills, by the way, transfer directly to speech development so you absolutely want to feed the 6-12 month olds some baby food, just don't worry much about getting well-rounded meals in that form. A whole week of eating only mashed bananas (in addition to breastmilk) is fine. Their well-rounded meals are still in the form of breastmilk/ formula.
The worry in regards to baby foods, IMHO, is about choking. Make sure to always be right there feeding baby, make sure he/she sits upright, make sure the food is nice and mashed or pureed, etc.