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Homemade Baby Food

Our babies are reaching the age of introducing solids (I know, how on Earth did that happen?) and I know there are a bunch of moms on this board who are making or who are planning to make their own baby food. How about we have a running list of things we've made, how they were prepared, how we store them, and how baby likes them? Pics of baby eating are a bonus! Please add something even you just prepare it differently! Moms who buy jarred food, feel free to join in and post pics and tell us what your baby is eating!

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Food: Butternut Squash
Age of Introduction: 4.5 months; Her first food!
Preparation: I sliced the squash in half lengthwise, scooped out the seeds, placed the halves face up in a glass dish filled with about a half inch of water, and baked it at 375 degrees until a fork could easy penetrate the squash (this will depend on the size of your squash). After allowing the squash to cool, I removed the skin, cut it into pieces that would fit in my food processor, and pureed it until very smooth. I added BM at first to thin it but she really didn't need me to after the first few tries.
Storage: I have these little 1 and 2 ounce cubes that I fill and freeze. Each night I pull one out and let it thaw in the fridge for the next day.
Reaction: Meh. She made funny faces the first time but has liked it well enough since.
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Food: Spaghetti Squash
Age of Introduction: 4.5 months; Her second food
Preparation: Cut the squash in half length wise, de-seed, place in glass dish with half inch of water, and bake at 375 until "threads" (if you've cooked this squash before, you know what I mean) easily come apart with a fork. Cool and puree.
Storage: Freezer cubes
Reaction: Craziest face ever! Liked it the second time around. I think it was a texture shock the first time. OMG, what is in my mouth?!
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Food: Pear
Age of Introduction: 5 months
Preparation: Peal (not necessary), core, and cube. Boil until really soft and puree. Alternatively you can steam or bake (whole) to keep those tasty nutrients from escaping. I felt like steaming was going to give me carmelized pear goobers given how much sugar is in them so I went with boiling. I think I'll bake them next time.
Storage: Freezer cubes
Reaction: OMG NOM! Monkey like pear
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Food: Carrots
Age of Introduction: 5 months
Preparation: Peel (not necessary, especially if organic), steam, puree.
Storage: Freezer cubes
Reaction: She really likes carrots. Her diapers ... not so much. Deep orange poop is not cool.
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Food: Oatmeal
Age of Introduction: 6 months
Preparation: http://homemadeginger.blogspot.com/2011/02/homemade-whole-grain-baby-cereal.html
Storage: Froze in ice cube trays
Reaction: I mixed it with a little banana and she loved it. It constipated her pretty badly though so I'm holding off on giving it to her again for a little while.
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Food: Green beans
Age of Introduction: 6 months
Preparation: Remove stems, steam, puree
Storage: Cubes
Reaction: I just pureed what was left over from dinner and haven't had a chance to give her more than a taste yet. She seemed unimpressed but that's normal with a new food.
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Food: Zucchini
Age of Introduction: 6 months
Preparation: Remove ends, steam, puree.
Storage: Freezer cubes
Reaction: She made a terrible face and spit out the taste I gave her. She'll like it next time :rolleyes:.
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Sweet potato
Peeled, baked at 375, purred
I freeze in two day servings which is about an ounce per serving.

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Food: Patty pan squash (yellow variety)
Age of Introduction: He will ahve it in the next couple of weeks
Preparation: Cut top and bottom off, chop (I cut into eights) and steam for 12 minutes, then puree
Storage: Frozen in ice cube trays then in a resealable plastic bag
Reaction: He likes it, but it is really thin and liquidy so I am going to try mixing some cereal with it because he doesn't seem to like them when they are too liquid
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I got a magazine the other day with cooking directions for all kinds of fruit and veg so I am trying things out slowly.

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Food: Peas (I used frozen)
Age of Introduction: 6 months (starting tomorrow)
Preparation: Cook according to directions on bag, puree. Often instructions for peas state to push through a sieve for the shells, I didn't, but instead set my blender to liquify for a short period because I don't have a sieve. We'll find out how that worked.
Storage: Cubes
Reaction: He wasn't too keen on peas, but still ate them.
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Food: Avocado
Age of Introduction: 6 months
Preparation: Cut in half and scoop out desired amount
Storage: No storage,, just popped the whole thing in a resealable plastic bag
Reaction: He likes it, it seems the texture is the only one he has had an issue with. He doesn't like it with a bit of sweet potato mixed in though
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how did i miss that we now have a homemade baby food thread?! I'm blind.
I am pretty much following along just behind Erin, so it would be a double post.

however, i haven't frozen anything. I usually do a food for several days in a row, so I just make as much as I think she'll eat and keep it in the fridge in a glass (thanks to Erin for my new-found fear of plastic) container and heat as needed.

ooo, Wendy, avocado is a good idea. A nice healthy fat! I might have to try that one next.

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Yeah I want to try banana maybe as a finger food, but because of the cyclone they are $13/kg.

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"momW" wrote:

however, i haven't frozen anything. I usually do a food for several days in a row, so I just make as much as I think she'll eat and keep it in the fridge in a glass (thanks to Erin for my new-found fear of plastic) container and heat as needed.

what if you heat it in plastic on the stove? i don't have any glass except for a huge glass bowl!

i went baby food shopping today and got a whole bunch of different stuff. a lot of it i have never eaten or made before so very grateful for wholesomebabyfood.com right now lol. so far he has only had the two below. he didn't seem that interested so i will try again next week. can we ask questions here too? for stuff that doesn't freeze well how do you store it? i had stored some avacado in the fridge and it turned brown. can you freeze it? is it bad if it turns brown?

Food: acorn squash
Age of Introduction: 5.5 months
Preparation: baked in the oven, then scooped out the meat. used mill to puree it.
Storage: Cubes
Reaction:wasn't that thrilled. made little gagging noises
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Food: avacado
Age of Introduction: 5.5 months
Preparation: scooped it out and put some in a bowl
Storage: fridge
Reaction:slightly interested. he seemed to enjoy it more then squash
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Avocado browns a tad bit less if you mash it well and freeze. There will be some browning, but it's not gross. (I have some leftover avocado in the freezer right now.) It is better fresh though, like bananas.

I bought small glass containers from Ross for super cheap. They are the perfect size for baby food. I'm sure most places that sell kitchen/food storage stuff would have something that would work. Since I found mine at Ross they were super cheap. Sometimes you can find glass condiment containers which would work out well. But don't heat plastic on the stove. I don't have a fear of plastic, so if all I had were plastic containers I wouldn't heat up the food. I'd defrost it in the fridge and then just serve it cold. My next door neighbor does this. Not sure how her LO will react to warm food one day, but I'm sure it won't be too hard on him.

Oh, yesterday I discovered that there's a homemade baby food board here! lol. Could be a good place to go to learn more or get ideas for stuff.

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

But don't heat plastic on the stove.

i meant heating it on the stove in some hot water:) maybe that is what you meant too, just wanted to clarify lol. if i leave it to thaw overnight in the fridge it is still a tiny bit frozen the next day. i didn't give him the avacado, wanted to make sure first it wasn't bad if it was brown. i am glad it's not. we also don't have ross here i don't know what that is but maybe somewhere else has something similar. thanks!

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I meant what you said. I wouldn't heat it up in hot water. Smile Ross is a discount store.

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I wish I had the time to do homemade food. I REALLY had planned on it, but with daycare and such store bought is going so much easier. Last week was Peas, the week before Squash (Gerber brand) She loves Peas! I think this week it'll be Sweet Potatoes.

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"redneckgirl82884" wrote:

I wish I had the time to do homemade food. I REALLY had planned on it, but with daycare and such store bought is going so much easier. Last week was Peas, the week before Squash (Gerber brand) She loves Peas! I think this week it'll be Sweet Potatoes.

I cook things up on the weekend and freze in cubes and just pull them out. Usually I do the veggies while I am making things for my dinner anyway or do a big batch all together. I have over a week worthof veg in the freezer for Ronin, and thats after using the cubes for 2 weeks already.

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No homemade baby food here either Molly. I don't have much time for anything and when I have the weekend I really need some down time. So I feel ya.

I won't feed baby food out of the jar for very long tho and when she gets a tooth and she starts eating the food we are eating I just make sure and mash it up really good and dice it up....has always worked for me.

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Food: Banana yogurt popsicles
Age of Introduction: 6 months
Preparation: Puree banana w/ organic whole milk yogurt
Storage: Ice cube tray
Reaction: Meh
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On storage and heating, I'll tell you guys what I do and why.

I don't freeze things like banana (unless it's in something like yogurt) or avocado. I don't see the point? It take no time at all to mush it with a fork and give it to her, or now just hand her slices. They don't go bad but would you eat it? I wouldn't. They take on slimy textures.

What I do freeze, I stick in little freezer cubes or ice cube trays (and later transfer to bags). To thaw, I pull it out of the freezer the night before and stick it in the fridge. If I forget, I pop the cube out into a microwave safe bowl and nuke it. I never heat anything in plastic. Even BPA free plastic contains other chemicals that I do not want in my baby's (or my) food. I've read far too many scary research papers on the effects of chemicals found in plastic. These chemicals don't leach into the contents of the container at room temperature or below but add heat and the little buggers fly! Also, all a microwave does it heat your food. It doesn't put anything into your food. Anyone who tells you otherwise doesn't understand how a microwave works. You should never microwave breast milk because it heats unevenly and can fry those goodies that you want your baby to get but heating baby's food in the microwave is completely safe.

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Repeats, but oh well.

Food: Sweet Potatoes
Age of Introduction: 5 months
Preparation: Peal, cube, steam on stove, pureed in food processer with steam water to thin it out just a bit
Storage: Freezer cubes
Reaction: I don't think he minded the taste, but the texture took him by surprise. Did better today (the 2nd day).
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Food: Carrots
Age of Introduction: 5/6 months
Preparation: pealed, cut ends, steamed on stove, pureed in processor using a small amount of steam water to thin it out.
Storage: Freezer cubes
Reaction: Will update once he's had it.
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Food: butternut squash
Age of Introduction: 5 months, 3 weeks
Preparation: followed Erin's directions Wink
Storage: freezer cubes
Reaction: Not so thrilled by it. I think he was wondering why it tastes different than sweet potatoes.
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Food: Prunes
Age of Introduction: Hasn't had the cubes yet, but 6.5 months for the juice
Preparation: Put in a pot with water and boil until softened. Make sure they are pitted. Blend with some of the water
Storage: Freezer cubes and I drained some of the water to use as prune juice diluted with water
Reaction: He really doesn't like the liquid, hasn't had the solids yet, but I don't blame him if he doesn't like it, but it's helping his poo issues.
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"janijanis" wrote:

i meant heating it on the stove in some hot water:) maybe that is what you meant too, just wanted to clarify lol. if i leave it to thaw overnight in the fridge it is still a tiny bit frozen the next day. i didn't give him the avacado, wanted to make sure first it wasn't bad if it was brown. i am glad it's not. we also don't have ross here i don't know what that is but maybe somewhere else has something similar. thanks!

The avocado isn't going bad when it turns brown. It's just oxidation. The same thing that happens to apples when they are left out after they've been peeled. If you want to keep avocado in the fridge for a couple days you can mash it up in a glass Wink dish and put plastic wrap on it, but make sure the plastic wrap is smashed down on top of the food, not just "over" it. Keep the air out of it and it will keep it fresher looking longer.

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I wish I had the time to do homemade food. I REALLY had planned on it, but with daycare and such store bought is going so much easier. Last week was Peas, the week before Squash (Gerber brand) She loves Peas! I think this week it'll be Sweet Potatoes.

My DS would eat peas by the can, not even joking. When he was a year old he would eat a can of peas for lunch and/or supper, it was crazy. I think it's more important for you to do whatever works for you as far as baby food goes. If you don't have time to do it, no worries, there's lots of babes out there eating store bought baby food (including my oldest two a good percentage of the time). If I remember right, you don't get much time in the evening with Madison after work and before bed, who wants to use that precious little time to make food.

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You are right, I don't get much time with her... love my baby...
This week we're doing Sweet Potatoes... so far it's kind of like the squash it's just "eh" for her. She's a cereal lover though, which is good Smile

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We're sorta switching gears and going for the baby led weaning route. At least when we're at home. I can't expect my day care to deal with her flinging food everywhere ;). For anyone who isn't familiar with BLW, the premise is that you give baby the choice of how much to eat. You do this by putting the spoon down and presenting baby with finger foods from the start. It has three major benefits: 1) Baby learns valuable fine motor skills by self-feeding 2) Baby weans at his/her own pace because he/she decides how much to eat 3) Baby feeding time doesn't require you to sit there the whole time and shovel spoonfuls into his/her mouth. The drawbacks are 1) Food food everywhere (at first) 2) Finding food that baby can handle (at first) can be challenging 3) Baby won't eat very much at all at first so this probably isn't the best tactic if you're worried about actually getting food into baby.

Since I'm still making her food, I figured I'd keep posting my BLW foods here. Here's what we've tried so far:

avocado spears - yeah, that's when we found out she's allergic to avocado. She liked them though and got quite a bit in her mouth. They are a bit slimy, so they were squirting all over the place. I've heard you can roll slimy things in crushed up cheerios (or other cereal) to make them easier to handle. Haven't tried that yet.

banana spears- you can split bananas into thirds by gently squeezing them. They make perfect little baby sized snacks. T loves them and really loves to make a giant mess with them.

kamut puffs- These are just organic kamut (a grain) cereal puffs I found in the regular cereal aisle. I think a big bag was like $3. Baby puffs are filled with all sorts of junk (kinda ridiculous IMO) and they are pretty pricey. These are kamut and kamut alone. She goes bonkers for them. She does really well with chewing them. They pretty much melt in your mouth.

Oatmeal- When I thaw my little oatmeal cubes they hold together well enough for her to grab them and mush them into her mouth. She likes them.

Scrambled eggs- I just scrambled one egg and cut it up into strips. Eggs are on the No No list but I talked with my pediatrician and he said I could go ahead and try it. She liked them a lot!

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I'm not fully doing BLW, but am going to introduce some self feeding once we get the highchair, just because it is easier to clean up than the bouncer. In the info child health gave me regarding food they actually advise against BLW, but it didn't really explain why, then again it was in the one produced by a baby food company.
Anyway back to my point which was foods for BLW, I steamed some sweet potato into long chunks to try as finger foods.
Ronin tries to grab the spoon all the time so I think he might like the self feeding.

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i have given lucas the spoon a couple of times and it usually goes into his forehead. so sometimes i let him hold it and kinda steer it towards his mouth if he is having trouble lol

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Aiden's 2nd food ended up being banana. Gave him chunks that he played with. Two made it into his mouth. He was not impressed by the taste/texture. He was rather happy when he got sweet potatoes later on. Lol. Butternut sqush on Wednesday!
Oh, on a related note, discovered that Aiden doesn't hate water when it's in a regular cup. Just when it's in his sippy. This should be fun. Ha ha.

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We're doing all foods one at a time for a week by itself and then introducing a new one each week. The only change to this has been when Madison refused to eat sweet potatoes one night and I gave her peas in place but she'd already had those.
We're on carrots this week.... oh and FYI Beech Nut is much runnier than Gerber!

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Lucas just ate 3 cubes of squash and was still hungry so i gave him a bottle. are your LO's still hungry after? and if they are, do you give them more solids or a bottle/feeding. we are doing 1 food a week here too.

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Janis, I've been told that food is just for fun and shouldn't replace their normal bottles/BM feedings. So I'm giving Aiden food in between two of his regular feedings. He probably really is hungry still afterwards if it's been awhile since his last bottle. Smile

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Some days they are just hungrier, On Monday day care sais he ate his carrot and sweet potato ( yes I am mixing already) and still wanted more so there was a little bit of leftover pear they gave him. Yesterday I sent some pumpkin and some fruit and he only had the pumpkin and was satidfied. Ronin is already learnin the social aspect of food with daycare and likes to sit up with the big kids and eat with them and he eats so much better in a group.

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At this point, the amount of solids they eat is determined more by their interest in eating than how hungry they are. Teagan isn't ever all that interested. The most she's ever eaten has been one 2 oz cube at day care. We always offer boob/bottle first and then solids.

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Food: Green Beans
Age of Introduction: 6 months
Preparation: break of stems and boiled in a small amount of water, then pureed
Storage: Freezer cubes
Reaction: not a fan, we didn't even finish he kept gagging and freaking out lol. can't blame him, i hate them too!
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Those are some great faces! Those are pretty much the faces DS made for butternut squash today. Lol

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Ronin doesn't like peas or butternut pumpkin, so I get those faces as well. Even when I try mixing peas with something else.

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Food: Peas
Age of Introduction: 6.5 months
Preparation: I got lazy and bought a bag of frozen organic peas :rolleyes: Cooked 'em and pureed them. We're still sending purees to daycare.
Storage: Freezer cubes
Reaction: She loooooves peas!

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Food: carrots
Age of Introduction: 6.5 months
Preparation: i just used those baby organic carrots and boiled them, then pureed them.
Storage: Freezer cubes
Reaction: He LOVES them. he was grabbing the bowl and making noises at me if i wasn't fast enough.

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Well, I'm over this whole puree business. Aiden wants to feed himself. He's always grabbing the spoon and a spoon alone without food isn't cutting it for him. So onward to trying BLW! Today was day 1. So far, so good. It was nice having him at the dinner table with his own stuff to eat with no spoon struggle. Smile

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Today's BLW success story - blueberries and mini whole wheat pitas! NOM, says Teagan! I just cut the blueberries in half and served 'em up. She devoured them. The pitas weren't organic, which kinda bothered me but they didn't have any preservatives so I decided to go for them. They are perfectly sized and she looooved them. Pita is a great texture to start out on, in Teagan's opinion ;).

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For those doing pancakes as finger foods what recipe are you using. I want to make some fruity pancakes for Ronin.

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DH is in charge of pancakes. He makes blue cornmeal pancakes with fruit. Teagan got one from the first batch that just had bananas and blueberries.

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http://mrsseamonster.blogspot.com/2011/05/whole-wheat-pancakes-two-recipes.html
I didn't let DS have any of the first kind since I followed the recipe and used honey. I left the sugar out of the 2nd recipe when I made it.

http://mrsseamonster.blogspot.com/2009/03/applesauce-pancakes.html
These are my favorite pancakes. I need to make them soon! I'll let DS eat these, leaving the sugar out.

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Wanna know how to keep a baby busy while you eat dinner? Give him a stalk of celery! Man, he sucked on and played with that thing for a good solid 10 minutes!

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A piece of cucumber works well too

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Zucchini works if your baby is as weird as mine Blum 3

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Lol!! You ladies have funny babies!! Smile I should try out the ides of celery or something along those lines to see if it entertains Sophie while I make dinner...

Here's a question for you, as I don't eat avacado's... I just scoop out the insides and then blend right?? (like if I want to puree it) ... what should the texture be when I cut it open? And smell or flavour?? I don't know what to look for when it comes to them, but I want Sophie to be able to try things whether I eat them or not... Smile

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You don't even have to blend avocado. You can just mush it with a fork to a very liquidy consistency. Stores often sell avocados that really aren't ripe. When you squeeze a ripe avocado, it will be slightly soft. Too ripe is less of a problem than not ripe enough. If it's not ripe it will taste bitter. The trick is to cut it in half length-wise. Then pluck the pit out by hacking the knife into the pit and twisting it out. Scoop out the goodness, mush, and feed! If you want, you can cut it into strips and let her bite off little pieces. It would have to be on less less-ripe side. I'm so bummed that Teagan had a reaction to avocado because I love it!

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Thanks so much Erin!! I'm so glad we have you on the board Smile

I've got another question... is it ok for babies this age to have watermelon or strawberries?? I know it might sound silly; but for some reason I thought there was something to do with the seeds.... anyways, DF's mom tried to give Sophie a chunk of watermelon and I ki-boshed (sp??? Blum 3 ) that idea, but she got all offended and told me I was being over the top... I figured you ladies (especially Erin) would know best! Biggrin

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