I bought a food processor not long after Baby M was born, in order to make avocado pudding – a chocolate dessert that my mother-in-law had suggested to me – one that contains no dairy. The food processor made the avocados very smooth, so when we decided to start Baby on “people food”, I just used that to whiz up some avocado (sans cocoa and sugar, mind you) for him. Then we moved on to sweet potatoes, green peas, and the like. Worked like a charm, and most of what he was getting was either organic or home-grown, which is fine with me.
At Baby’s 6 month checkup, the doctor said baby M was doing well, but strongly suggested we start baby on fortified rice cereal, to keep his iron levels up. Now, I have felt the need to take an iron supplement myself, lately, so that made a certain amount of sense. However, baby got a funny welt-y rash on his cheeks after a few days of rice cereal (even the organic stuff has a lengthy list of additives), so we stopped that and decided to try chicken, instead.
The food processor did not do nearly as good a job on the chicken as it had done on the avocado. Baby M was not impressed at all, though I wasn’t sure if it was the taste of our strongly-flavored farm chicken, or the somewhat stringy texture. I thought maybe we could try some organic commercial baby food, just to get some iron into his diet.
At the store, I was not impressed. Even the organic baby foods seem to have additives of one kind or another – sugar in the blueberries (as if blueberries need sweetening), and applesauce in the “chicken and sweet potato” combination. Really? Applesauce? Whatever for? In addition, I couldn’t find plain organic chicken – only combos – and the non-organic chicken baby food was pink. Pink! Seriously!
We’ve given up on the idea of buying baby food for little M. I can’t imagine licking off a pink-chicken spoon the way I happily lick off a home-stewed-prunes spoon when I’m heating M’s dinner. In fact, the idea completely disgusts me. I can’t imagine feeding any of that guck to my baby, period. Processed adult food is nasty enough, but I think commercial baby food may, in fact, be even more gross.
Back to the drawing board…