As a parent who loves food, I cannot wait to introduce my babies to solid food. I love seeing their faces when they try different flavors and textures and I totally dig how they have food favorites from such a young age. I don't love the extra laundry involving berry stains and pasta sauce but then again, you can't win all the time.
Little Man was an eater! We have a video of the first time we fed him rice cereal and he couldn't get enough. At one point in the video, he grabs the spoon and shoves it in his mouth because we just aren't feeding him fast enough. That eat-everything-in-sight baby is now a picky toddler and after a week of far too many meals involving plain white pasta, I watch that video in disbelief. Don't worry internets, we're still offering him lots of variety, including fruits and vegetables and whole grains, and hoping he'll come around when he's ready.
After feeding an uber picky toddler for the last few months, I'm definitely ready to feed another (hopefully) eat-everything-in-sight baby again. The Hubster jokes that I've been planning Little Lady's first meal of solid food even before she was born. So when Oxo sent over a box of their fantastic products designed to make homemade baby food an easy and fun process, I was totally on board. Like all Oxo products, their baby food products are cute and functional like their Baby Blocks Freezer Storage Containers which allow you to make a big batch of baby food, and freeze it in single serving portions. Plus, the containers have lids to prevent freezer burn and funky freezer smells.
The good folks at Oxo are giving you a chance to win your very own set of OXO Tot #FirstBites tools (including all the fantastic tools in the picture above!) along with a Seedling High Chair! You can enter via the submission form at the end of this post.
And in a house filled with giant piles of laundry that I never get a chance to put away, millions of toys underfoot, and dirty dishes threatening to stage a revolt, it's important to add that homemade baby food takes just a few minutes to make so it's definitely doable. I like to make a few different kinds in one afternoon, freeze 'em up, and then thaw them as I need them over the next little while.
So, let's get to it. Introducing, homemade cinnamon'y sweet potato puree! This is a good one since sweet potatoes are a fantastic food to start out with. My babies love 'em plain and with all sorts of seasoning. I generally start out with a smooth, liquidy puree with minimal seasoning but gradually move to a chunkier version with seasoning because I want my babies to appreciate flavor. Clearly, I was successful with Little Man given his love plain white pasta. *Insert ironic laugh here*
4 sweet potatoes
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
Heat oven to 375F. Rinse and scrub sweet potatoes under running water. Peel sweet potatoes and cut in cubes. Drizzle cookie sheet with olive oil and massage oil on to the sweet potato pieces. Roast sweet potatoes on baking sheet for 45 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven and cool. Blend the sweet potato pieces in a blender or food mill with a bit of water until smooth. Add the cinnamon and mix. Once babies are older, you can skip the blending and go straight to mashing for a chunkier, more toothsome consistency.
The giveaway in this post is sponsored by the fine folks at Oxo Tot. I received a set of Oxo #FirstBites tools to review but was not monetarily compensated for this post. All opinions (and tales of towering dirty dishes) are my own, obvs!