Just a side note: We do a mix of spoon feeding and child led feeding. Even while spoon feeding, I follow DS's cues (usually him lunging at the spoon!) and stop when he is done. I don't need info on child led feeding since we do that too...
1 - Can I reuse the glass baby food jars, simply to store in the fridge until the next day? I mean... Tonight, I want to puree up some chicken for DS to have for dinner tomorrow night... Can I reuse the glass jar that his organic baby food came in (we use earths best)? I dont have any other way to store it and personally don't see why I couldn't store it in that for 24 hours but thought I would ask first...
2 - How do I puree chicken??? DS normally gets chunks of food while we eat (usually some kind of fruit) but I'd like for him to get one small 'meal' a day, at night (ie, dinner). I want to puree up some chicken (I couldn't find one that was JUST chicken.. It was all mixed with something) but I don't know how! Do I just boil it (and for how long please??), cut it up into peices and put it in my food processor with water (we dont do any purees with formula/breastmilk as we like DS to have the full flavor of the food itself) until I get the consistancy I want? Should I use oil instead of water (not that DS needs fattening up but I've heard of mom's using oil to make foods)?
3 - Can I make my own 'mixed meals'? I mean, take chicken, sweet potatoe and a veggie and puree them together?
4 - How can I puree grapes? DS LOVES them but has trouble eating them whole because there isn't much to hold on to... Do I simply remove the skin and half it (take the stem out of the center) and puree?
5 - How do I puree apples? Do I need to cook them first? Or can I take a ripe apple, cut it up and puree it with water? Does this same thing apply to banana's? Pears?
6- When can a baby have something that is a red meat? I couldn't find this info.
DS LOVES to eat and I want to be sure he has a lot of fun with different flavors and textures. I know to wait 3-4 days in between (though we've never done this) introducing new foods.
Thanks in advance!