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Making Your Own Baby Food

5 Nov

Now that my son is a bit older and has gone through all of the stages of Gerber baby food, in addition to breastfeeding, I thought that it was time to begin making his baby food myself.  In all honesty, this idea was mainly influenced through my desire to save money. Plus, I am recycling those little plastic containers by refilling them with my own concoctions. 

Have any of you out there tried making your own baby food without the fancy baby food processors, etc. that are out there on the market?  I thought the use of a food processor, a little water or breastmilk mixed with boiled veggies would be easy and accepted by my hungry little man.  Not quite as easy as expected!  

Sweet potatoes seemed to go great, along cooked squash…however when it comes to fruit or veggies that may have some skin that I simply can not take off –peas, blueberries, peppers…..well let’s just say that those don’t go over quite as well.  Now enter in the importance of applesauce!!  Thanks for the wisdom of my mom, who had 5 kids of her own to raise, applesauce can be the cure all for almost anything.  This is mostly true and I recommend it.  This way, my son is getting his veggies or ground up meat, along with some added fruit too.  If you don’t like the applesauce idea, I found a cheaper food mill option at our local Target store by KidCo

KidCo Food Grinder at Target

http://www.target.com/Home-Food-Prep-Feeding-Baby/b/15697941/ref=sc_fe_l_3_3666471_34?node=15697941

 With my son now having 5 teeth, and a sixth on it’s way, I definitely will be moving on to more cooked veggies cut up really small, cooked meat in shreds, noodles and more, etc.  I don’t know about all of you, but for me it’s been a true learning experience and one that requires some guessing and the help of other friends, parents, mommy Blogher contacts, and BabyCenter advice.  But for all of you parents out there who have also made your own baby food, without buying the William Sonoma-esque food making wonder machines, I feel your frustrations, would love to hear what you found works best, and more power to you!! 

P.S. – I also recommend having someone watch your little one if possible while you block out some time to cook several items all at once to save you time in the long run.

Baby Vaccines

25 Oct

We all have at least heard something regarding the endless debates over the past couple of years, that have been centered around baby vaccinations.  As a new parent, I tried to read up on as much information that I could, and also spoke to some of our friends in the medical field to make up my mind about having my son receive all of his vaccinations. I received my regular updates from BabyCenter this morning in my email box, and I love all of their helpful advice, other parenting blogs, and info. on what to expect my son to be doing soon. You guessed it-this morning’s email contained the hot issue of “Should you have your Child Vaccinated?” 

I also must admit, I was already leaning towards the vaccines since my husband is an elementary school teacher.  And I am going to put this out there, I am not going with the hype of the “all natural” baby scam. Yup,I said it-scam.  You pay how much extra for everything to be all natural or organic, but what added benefits is your child getting over my son who eats regular Gerber food, wears Pampers Dry Max Diapers, and is washed in Johnson’s baby soap? But I won’t get off on another tangent here, let’s get back to the point.  Yes, I want things that are good for my son, sensitive to his developing system, and ultra sensitive skin.  But to a point, I also put some faith in the FDA that they wouldn’t approve certain products and medicines if they hadn’t been rigorously tested and there are items in our products for a reason! 

I know the newer H1N1 vaccines haven’t had many years of testing and there are some cases where there have been negative side effects.  But when my friend’s daughter didn’t get the vaccine due to obvious concerns last year, I observed the negative effects of NOT having the H1N1 vaccine.  She may have been one of the limited cases, but after 3 emergency room visits, several cold medications after the fact, and many sleepless nights for our friends, I was convinced that the benefits to having my son vaccinated against the flu far outweighed the negatives.  I mean, a lot of us may remember playing Oregon Trail as a kid right?  There were all sorts of crazy diseases that you could get and often your character died from them.  So let’s relax….take a deep breath…trust some of our medical professionals and remember  there is a reason many of us aren’t familiar with those diseases today and our children won’t even know about!  My son has received his vaccinations for the flu, all of the vaccinations he needs to date for a 9 month old, and we have only had a clogged tear duct so far (knocking on wood now!) so I think he is doing ok!     

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 P.S. –You don’t have to listen to me, I just strongly suggest not getting caught up in the media hype and do some research. Talk with your doctor/nurse, and make the decision that is right for you & your child.  Thanks for reading!