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    And cottage cheese is also a good one. I add it to everything, especially if she turns her nose up at her bowl of vegies I'll mix in a spoonful of cottage cheese and she loves it

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    my first didn't have meat til she was 1, the next two were a bit earlier. But these ones (9 mths now), the recommendations are that they start earlier, I think not a very first food, but not delayed. I think these two started eating at about 5 mths, and meat maybe at 6 or 7?

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    I used to go into Woolies and take note of the combinations on the baby food pouches, then make it myself with fresh ingredients. So much cheaper and not time consuming at all!

    I second the Annabel Karmel books, she has some really great ideas. Her books are laid out really clearly and are easy to follow too. I also highly recommend the River Cottage Baby and Toddler cookbook, the recipes are fantastic for kids and adults, I regularly cook main meals for the whole family out of that book.

    Both of my kids really loved avocado and banana mashed together too. It tastes surprisingly delicious.

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    I was told that there's a limited amount of first foods for those that choose to feed between 4-6 months and once they're over 6 months it's game on for almost everything except honey and excessive amounts of dairy.

    My general rule with freezing baby food is to keep it in the freezer no longer than a month - but I find I don't make ridiculously huge batches anyway and it's always gone within a month.

    I always keep fruit mashes or purees in the freezer (apple & pear combo, mango, rockmelon, berries) as they're great for feeding as dessert or mixing in with porridge for breakfast etc.

    An easy raw combo is cucumber (seeded and peeled) and avocado - no cooking, just mash/puree and serve and DD loves it.

    Take a walk down the baby food aisle to get inspiration from the combos they sell, but then have a go at making it yourself!

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    OP: I recently bought the book by Annabel Karmel called New Complete baby and todler Meal planner

    Its great; it has everything laid out really easy to follow and understand and gives a rough timeline on what to intrioduce when and has really great recipes and meal ideas too.
    The only thing i do differently is i breastfeed on demand and don't follow the 'weaning guide' i just use the recipes/meal ideas and other info. It tells you how long to have foods frozen for and what's suitabel for freezing etc.
    For cereals i use the rafferty';s garden ones with fruit purees or water or EBM.
    I use the decor baby food containers with the yellow labels to freeze meals and the happy baby food cube trays to freeze pureed/mashed fruit then i pop them out into labelled snap lock bags.
    Its so much cheaper to make your own and for out and about i use a food thermos (Thermos Funtainer) to keep her food warm.
    I'm not back at work yet and am a little bored and unchallenged so i find its kinda fun doing her meals like this. I'm also starting to incorporate finger foods now so we can get her on our food asap.

    Current guidelines are after first foods/tastes accepted then everything is fine obviously watching for reactions.

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    I would have a day a week where I cooked up all different meals, then put them in little containers and froze them. I would do chicken and avocado, steak and veg (once they got to the meat stage later). tuna, pasta and veges. Steamed apple/pear. I did that with both my kids and they loved it

    As they got to the stage where they could have lumps, I would just partially mash our dinner and serve it.
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    Have you looked into Baby Led Weaning , pretty much waiting until
    6 months and skipping the purées , giving whole foods and eating family meals, definitely worth reading about if you have time


 

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