Squash

    Baby boy and I have been trucking along eating rice cereal two times each day.  He is 5.5 months and is downing about 1 oz. (2 tablespoons) of rice cereal 2x per day. Click here to read about a few tricks.  I didn’t want to increase it too much too soon for fear that I would be feeding him two much.  Since he is gobbling it up I thought it might be time to introduce our first vegetable….dum da dum….Squash!  This post will let you know the steps I took to cook it, puree it, store it, and feed it!

  1. Buy an acorn squash and cut it in half lengthwise.  Scoop out the pulp and seeds in the middle.
  2. Put it middle side down in a cooking pan and cover it with one inch of water.
  3. Cook at 400 degrees for 1 hour. 
  4. The skin should feel soft and the “meat” should separate easily from the skin with a fork.
  5. Scoop out the meat and put it in a food processor of choice (I used the Baeba Babycook).
  6. Puree it, adding fresh breastmilk (NOT previously frozen breaskmilk) in small amounts, until you have the consistency you want.  I found that there were still a few lumps so I added quite a bit of breast milk and made it pretty thin.
  7. I poured it into a PVC free safe plastic ice cube tray and spread it around with a spatula.  Click here to see the ice cube tray.
  8. The next day when the squash was totally frozen I cracked the cubes and put them into a zip lock bag, wrote the date on it (should only be stored for one month in the freezer), and put it in the freezer. 
  9. When it came time to feed him I took one cube out and put it in a microwave safe glass bowl and defrosted it for about 1.5 minutes.  I ended up adding just a bit more breast milk so that it was nice and thin. 
  10. I made sure to blow on it and stir it up so that there were not any hot pockets from the microwave. 
  11. Baby boy loved it!

Remember to not save any food that your child does not eat at one sitting because the saliva from the spoon has contaminated it.  Also remember that these are my opinions and what worked for us…consult your doctor first :)

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  • […] I have a lot of friends who are about to be new mothers, or who are pregnant again. As a parenthood outsider, I can only imagine there are a lot of decisions to be made when it comes to feeding a growing baby. If you would prefer to cut out the middle man and give your child the freshest vegetable baby food, my dear  friend has some good suggestions and instructions for mixing up your own squash baby food. (Made with love, not scooped out of a jar!)  Check out her website, Spoon Fed Baby. […]

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