Re: Tips on making baby food at home
I think the foods you mention were some of the earliest ones we made for our LO, usually thinned out with breastmilk. Our LO LOVED beets and peas, so maybe try those, too. I got a Baby Bullet and loved using it. We cook a lot in our house, so it was nice having a separate little blender for my LO's food since our others were often dirty or was often used with garlic or other things. Sometimes I'd want to give her just a portion of what I was cooking (the vegetables only, for example, before putting them into something my husband and I were making) so I would just throw her portion into the Baby Bullet. I wanted to make my own grain gruels for my LO so the blade for milling was great for that. It does not steam, though (unless there's a new version I don't know about). There are some other brands that do steam and blend, though. My Baby Bullet came with ice cube trays, so I just use those. I didn't make a lot of foods just for her, but tried to make larger quantities when I was cooking. If it seemed like too much for a day or two, I'd freeze.
We did not do a strictly BLS approach, obviously, but did introduce foods she could pick up very early on so she'd be used to both. I nursed about a half hour before feeding her, generally. We never encouraged her to eat more than she wanted. We just used her open mouth heading towards the spoon as an indicator of wanting more or her closed mouth telling us the opposite. It worked out very well for us, and she went to about 90% finger foods around 9 months. She's just starting to use a spoon a little now by herself, which I hope will open up some new avenues.
One thing -- our pediatrician actually spoke down to us for introducing bananas as a first food, with the usual "she'll get used to sweet stuff" garbage. We eat more vegetables than most people I know, so I should have not been concerned, but it made me hold off on the fruits for a little while after that. It turned out, other than bananas, it took her until she was about 10-12 months to come around to fruits, and she loved vegetables much more! Clearly that was not true!
Mom to my sweet little "Pooper," born 10/12/11, and "Baby Brother," born 6/23/2014, and married to heavy metal husband. Working more than full-time, making healthy vegetarian meals for family, and trying to keep up with exercise routine.