I made my own baby food! And it was really easy!! I always thought making your own baby food was this super-intensive process that I could never do... I made green beans and sweet potato puree for my sweet Selah and a little bit goes a long way! One sweet potato yielded 30 tablespoons (and about 15 servings) at the exorbitant cost of ... .06 a serving. Green beans were slightly more expensive - about .10 a serving. Woohoo! And sweet Selah LOVED the green beans!! (She hasn't tried the sweet potatoes yet...)
And they were super simple to make! I steamed the green beans and cooked the potato in the microwave. Then I pureed them in the blender, added some water, and voila! I finished up by pouring the mixture into ice cube trays and freezing them overnight. In the morning, I dump the little cubes into a freezer bag and we're good to go! Check out Wholesome Baby Food if you want to know more.
I'm also happy to report that we had a great visit to our new pediatrician on Monday. Selah weighed in at a whopping 13lbs and 14oz (10% on the growth chart - my petite princess) and the doctor said she looks great. Yay! We talked more about vaccines and I was encouraged to hear her referencing some of the same things I had learned in my research. She was fine about forgoing any six month shots and recommends two particular shots at 9 months, as we head into winter. Her website has some good info if you want to read more - Healthy Kids Pediatrics.
She also had some great suggestions about some preventative methods (besides the basics we all know) that she likes to use before going to antibiotics. I wasn't familiar with what she mentioned because it's a whole new world to me, but she referred me to a book called Natural Baby and Childcare by Lauren Feder. I'm looking forward to reading it! (A college friend who manages the nutrition section of Whole Foods also talked about similar things - encouraging to hear it from unrelated sources!) There was also some information about a homeopathic alternative to the flu shot, tailored to the particular flu strain of the year. More things to research. =)