We saw the drs about 5 weeks ago now and worked out a plan for solids. I always planned on making her food myself, but after seeing the dietitian it's clear that it's pretty much necessary for me to do this whether I wanted to or not. We have to avoid anything which contains any form of dairy (obviously), any soy, flavourings and anything that states "may contain traces of milk/dairy/soy" or "made on machinery that also processes milk/dairy/soy products". The flavourings surprised me, but apparently most of them are based on milk powder, which I never would have thought before. So, with all those guidelines we can pretty much rule out 99% of the baby food on the market. The only baby food we have used is the Rafferty's garden organic rice cereal. I'm making all the rest, lucky I got a baby food processor at my baby shower.
I know lots of people use ice cube trays to freeze baby food, but there's just something about having my baby's food sitting in the same tray I freeze my ice cubes in that doesn't sit well with me. I think its the fact that I hate peas. I don't want there to be any chance of my ice cubes even remotely tasting like peas. Stupid I know, but I can't get the thought out of my head. I also don't think that ice cube trays are the right size for baby food and they're usually a pain in the bum to get the ice out of. In my search to find a different solution I found the perfect product to help me with my baby food production line. The Mumi & Bubi Solids Starter Kit from Bump N Baby Products is the perfect kit for parents who want to make their own baby food.
The kit includes 2 freezer trays and a step-by-step e-guide that also includes 27 recipes. In total there are 42 pods (ice cubes) so they're perfect for making up big batches in one go. Contrary to popular belief, making homemade baby food doesn't have to involve slaving away each day to prepare meals. I only have to spend one day making baby food and then I'm set for the whole week. It literally only takes about an hour to make up all her food for the week including prep, steaming and blending.
|Pumpkin is her favourite|
Our journey has been a little slower than others as we need to try one food at a time for a week to see if she will have an adverse reaction. CMPA babies are more prone to have reactions to other foods that have similar protein structures to milk. Eggs, gluten, corn, beef and chicken are particularly risky. We have been relatively lucky so far with only a minor reaction to avocado and apples. We have successfully tried pumpkin, carrots, peas, cauliflower and zucchini without any reactions. I also have pear and broccoli ready in the freezer for later on.
|Pumpkin ready for freezing|
|Zucchini and apple|
|Carrot and peas after freezing|
I highly recommend the Mumi & Bubi kit for anyone who is planning on making their own baby food. The trays are also BPA free so they're completely safe for storing all kinds of food. Once you're past the baby food stage you can use them to store other things like, left over stock, fruit juice or the most obvious choice, ice cubes. They are also suitable for freezing breast milk.
|Bump N Baby Products website|
Bump N Baby is an online store specialising in products for pregnancy, nursing, babies and toddlers. Owner Trudy started the business to make life less complicated for expectant and new mums by sharing the useful products she had discovered throughout her own parenting journey. She has tried and tested all of the products that she stocks and is also very conscious of the fact that the budget is tight after having a baby. She offers a range of affordable products that don't compromise on quality. Trudy is very approachable and always available to answer any queries customers have. I was very impressed with the level of customer service she provided.
If you need any prenatal or baby goods, Bump N Baby currently have 30% off store wide until Feb 28th.
Disclosure - I was not paid for this review. All opinions are my own based on my experiences with the product.
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