Meal Time for Baby

Since our daughter was born I have been VERY particular about what we feed her. I wanted healthy eating to be her way of life right from the very start. I know what you must be thinking – “She probably shops at one of those health food stores, purchasing nothing but organic products and grass feed beef.” Sorry to disappoint you, but that is not me. I do have friends who shop like that and if you fall into that category, great! We shop primarily at Wal-Mart – paying no attention to the organic labels and price matching from other weekly ads.

“Ok, so what do you do?”

I used the Baby Bullet Recipe Book and Nutrition Guide to create healthy, budget friendly meals right from the start. I received a USED copy from Amazon as a gift, so needless to say you do not need to purchase the actually Baby Bullet. We did receive the Baby Bullet and accessories from a family member who was no longer using it. The large cup to the blender broke after about a 1-½ years of use. So we have been using our regular blender, which has a setting for baby food. My husband and I have debated purchasing the large cup because the motor works fine, but we still haven’t done it. While it was nice to use, in truth, all you really need is the recipe book – which is sold separately. There is a small paperback version of the book included with the Baby Bullet. While it does help to get mealtime started initially, it is quickly short lived and you will find yourself needing to purchase the larger version.

I digress – back to the recipe book itself! This book is my absolute favorite baby product for mealtime! These recipes span from ages 4 months to 3 years. We used this book exclusively for our daughter from 5 to 22 months old. In fact, there are a few recipes we still use on a regular basis (I will talk about those in a bit). I love how this book is broken down by months for the first year – adding new meals with each passing month, then for each year it lists a new set of meals. The meals included a wide variety for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack time. There is even a “NO-NO List” of foods for under age one, as well as a list of “foods to avoid” until 18 months old. As we moved into each new month of the first year, the book would give a detailed description of baby’s developmental food goals, feeding schedule for all meals -including breast/bottle feedings, a list of foods to introduce, the amount of servings needed per food group, and the consistency of the food (smooth, thick, chucky).

The Baby Bullet Book was a VERY helpful guide for this first time mama!! I highly recommend this book for ALL first time parents. When it comes to taking care of a baby there are so many things to worry about, but this book takes all the guesswork out of it!

Let me be clear – I don’t mean, “Don’t do your research.” Absolutely DO your research! Knowledge is POWER! I changed a few aspects of the book based on my own research. For instincts, you may have noticed we started using this book when our daughter was 5 months old. Upon doing my own research I learned that other countries wait until 6 months of age to introduce solid foods. There studies have shown that introducing solid foods too early can create gastrointestinal issue later in life. Of course I always read both the articles, for and against a certain topic before making a decision. So as a new mom I was clearly at a dilemma. We finally decided on a happy medium – starting solid foods at 5 months with the option to change our minds if we felt she needed it sooner.

During the months leading up to giving her solid foods I was also researching whether or not to begin with the classics – rice cereal and oatmeal. Shortly after my decision to skip these and go straight to vegetable purees I watched an ABC segment with Dr. Richard Besser. They were discussing rice products and the potentially unregulated amount arsenic. Dr. Besser stated he no longer recommends rice cereal to his pediatric patients. Instead, he recommends several alternatives parents can start with instead.

I am by no means telling you that my way is the right way and the only way. For me, this blog is about sharing my thoughts and experiences. I want to be completely honest about how I used a product that I love enough to recommend to you. Which reminds me, I still need to share with you those recipes from this book we still use regularly. 1. The apple puree for baby makes the perfect homemade apple sauce for a hungry toddler – just add a dash of cinnamon on top! 2. The homemade marina sauce for baby’s pasta is also great for a toddler’s mini pizza and anything else that requires a sauce! 3. Pancake batter!

Have you used the Baby Bullets Recipe Book? What did you think of it? What are your favorite baby products for mealtime?

I hope you enjoy mealtime with your happy hungry babies as much as I have!

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

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