March 20, 2017

How to prevent a huge mess...






So I have no tips on how to prevent your baby from creating messes.  If you solve that issue, please let me know ASAP.  I have, however, had a couple of people ask me about how I have made some of Vivian's baby food and how I store it, so i thought I would share a recipe as well as my go-to products.

PS-There is a really awesome giveaway at the bottom!

*Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a doctor...please speak with your pediatrician before introducing foods to your baby.*


One of Bubba's first foods was sweet potatoes and to this day they are one of his favorite veggies.  So in true form, Vivian is following in her beloved big brother's footsteps.  Like a true southern girl, she loves sweet potatoes just like her brother did.  The great thing about using sweet potatoes as baby's first food, besides being a superfood, they are extremely easy to prepare, store and freeze.  Right now, Vivian eats a very small portion of food 2-3 times a day so she is still drinking formula and breastmilk for all of her other meals. 

| H E L P F U L   T O O L S |




 | I N G R E D I E N T S |

Sweet Potatoes
Water

That's it. Nothing else!  No sugar, no spice.  This is your chance to be in control of your children's taste buds.  Help them to appreciate vegetables in their purest states.  Introduce them to all the veggies and fruits, even the ones you don't care for.




| M E T H O D |

Pre-heat oven to 425, Wash and scrub sweet potatoes, pat dry

Place sweet potatoes on foil lined baking pan and bake for 45 minutes or until completely soft

Let cool then begin removing skin ( I do this by cutting sweet potatoes in half, then peel the skin off)

Use whatever processing tool you are using and blend until completely smooth, I prefer an immersion blender simply because I already had one and it has a really handy food processor attachment to it.

I store these as pure sweet potatoes, but when I serve them to Vivian I add a splash of water or breast milk as sweet potatoes are pretty thick for a stage 1 eater.



For storage, I prefer Kiinde breast milk and Foodii storage bags.  Vivian is eating a little food, but is also still drinking formula and breast milk.  All of my breast milk is stored in Kiinde bags.  I was able to pump directly into the Kiinde bags and avoid messy transfers.  I can even feed Vivian my thawed milk directly from the bag I pumped into as they have handy bottles you can put the bags in to feed your baby.  These bags are just perfect because they handle everything!  I love that I only need to buy ONE product to store everything.  I love that the bags are inter-compatible with one another, so I am able to use my remaining stash of Kiinde breast milk storage bags to store sweet potatoes and other pureed foods in.  These bags hold up really well in the freezer and are completely recyclable.  


I used 5 medium sweet potatoes for this batch and ended up with about 6 cups of baby food.  That will last a while, so most of the stash is in the freezer.


The kind people at Kiinde (see what i did there?) are offering one lucky Red Velvet Rooster mama a free starter set. The starter set includes: 20 storage bags, 14 breast pump adapters (these are what allow you to directly pump into the bags from whatever pump you use), storage bag keeper, feeding bottle, slow-flow, medium-flow, and fast-flow nipple with cases and nipple cleaning brushes.  I am telling you, YOU want this.  Even if you are not bottle feeding this is a great starter set for those looking to store homemade baby foods.  Enter the giveaway below!

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Happy Monday, Y'all!

 

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