As my new journey as a mom continued I enjoyed every single parts of motherhood. Emma has overall always been a good baby. I really can’t complain. She has always been a good sleeper. Even when she was in my belly. I never had a sleepless nights during my pregnancy. She would fall asleep before I did and wake up after me. When she was born she used to sleep a good three almost four hours stretches. By the time she was two months she was sleeping through the night 8-10 hours.
When she started teething was when she had a hard time. She all of a sudden wasn’t sleeping through the night and I had many sleepless nights with her. Luckily, as soon as those three teeth came out at the same time she was back to sleeping all night with no problem. Her transition from breastmilk to formula was pretty smooth as well. She was an exclusively breastfed baby up until she was 10 months old. She had four or five teeth and I couldn’t bare the biting anymore. So I decided to start weaning her expecting that it would take some time. My goal was to have her completely off breastfeeding by the time she turned one. Surprisingly, she had no problem weaning and it only took two weeks before she wanted to have nothing to do with my boobs! It was harder on me than it was on her.
She has always been a great eater. However, the transition from purees to BLW (baby led weaning) was a little hard too. I had no idea what I was doing with BLW and had a hard time finding foods that were soft enough for her to easily chew and swallow that were still nutritional for her. I had a hard time finding balanced meals for her that she could eat in small tiny pieces. By this time she was already getting tired of purees and soft textures. That’s when I started doing some more research on BLW and finger foods.
But, before this happened I still was able to develop a lot of great puree recipes. In the middle of going through all these ups and downs of being a new mom I found comfort and confidence in developing and preparing food for my baby that was going to nourish her and assist her in her early development. Making her delicious and nutritious purees made me feel like I could do this mom thing. Because I knew that I was helping her do her job as an infant. And that is to grow and develop into a healthy, strong and smart toddler.
As Emma became a pro at eating solids, I started to try to add some more texture to her purees. She already had tried a wide range of different fruits and vegetables and we had added eggs, yogurt, and meats to her diet. My main focus was still on fruits and vegetables though.
This Beet, Blueberries, Turnip, Banana puree has more texture. It is still pretty soft and easy to swallow but it helps your baby practice trying to chew. It’s full of many essential vitamins and minerals and it’s pretty tasty. My favorite thing about this puree though has to be the color. Such a bright and beautiful red. With such a bright color, fresh and natural taste your baby is sure to love this puree!
Beet, Blueberries, Turnip, Banana (6m+)
- 1 small beet
- 2 cups blueberries
- 1 turnip
- 1 banana
Steam beet and Turnip for 22-25 minutes until they're very soft.
While the beet and Turnip cook, puree blueberries in a blender or food processor.
Put blueberry puree through a strainer.
Blend together strained blueberries with cooked beet and Turnip and banana.
Divide into desired portions.
Serve immediately and freeze additional portions for up to three months.
*Use Organic ingredients if possible.