9 Months

Bailey
Height – 27 inches
Weight – 20 lbs
Sleep – 8 pm bedtime to 7 am wake, 2 naps 2 hours each
Eat – Started table food and love it.
Accomplishments – rocking on knees
Discoveries – shoes, jewelry, clapping
Words – Yeah

Brooke
Height – 27 1/2 inches
Weight – 21 lbs
Sleep – 8 pm bedtime to 7 am wake, 2 naps 2 hours each
Eat – Started table food and love it.
Accomplishments – rocking on knees
Discoveries – shoes, jewelry, clapping, shaking head no
Words – Daddy

Baby Wise Schedule
7:00 am – Wake, feed, get dressed
9:30 am – nap
11:00 am – wake, feed, change diapers
1:00 pm – nap
3:00 pm – wake, feed, change diapers
6:00 pm – change diapers, feed
7:30 pm – bath time
8:00 pm – bedtime

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Veggie Baby Food

I preferred to make the girls vegetables at home rather than letting them try the store bought. I was able to create my own vegetable combinations at home that was not offered at the store. I would always try one vegetable for a few days before combining it with another vegetable.

Squash:
I used frozen yellow squash. I put the squash in the steamer with a little water and microwaved it for nine minutes. Then, I put it in the blender with some water. Occasionally, I would add pepper to introduce as a spice. It usually made enough for 4-6 meals.

Sweet Potatoes:
I bought two large sweet potatoes. I baked it in the oven at 350 degrees for an hour. Half way through, I flipped the potatoes over. After they cooled, I peeled the skin off and put the potatoes in the blender. I added more water than usual because sweet potatoes are drier than other vegetables. It usually made enough for 5-6 meals.

Green Beans, Peas, and Zucchini:
All of these vegetables were frozen. The green beans were steamed for fourteen minutes. Peas and zucchini were steamed for nine minutes. Again, I pureed with water in the blender. They each made around 5-6 meals.

Carrots:
I tried different ways to make carrot purees. The first way I tried was to buy fresh carrots. I peeled the carrots and chopped them before putting them in the steamer for nine minutes. This method took a long time. So, I decided to switch to frozen carrots. I bought baby carrots from the frozen section. I steamed these carrots for nine minutes as well. When I pulled them out, they were still hard so I steamed them a few more minutes. Then put them in the blender to puree with water. When I scooped them out into my freezer containers, I found that they were still a little chunky. So the next time I made carrots, I bought crinkle carrots. These worked the best for us. Please note, add more water with carrots because they dry out faster.

Avocado:
This veggie was a favorite for my girls. I bought two avocados, peeled them and removed the seed. I mashed them in a bowl and scooped them into the freezer containers. It usually made 4 meals.

Other Veggies:
I used different frozen vegetables to puree. Corn, mixed vegetables, lima beans, etc… Most of them, I steamed for about nine minutes in the microwave before pureeing in the blender.

Pureeing food is time consuming for the day that you do all the cooking but you save money in the long run. The only thing I did not want to puree was meats. The concept of puree cooked meats did not set well with me so we opted out of that. We did try pureed meats one time. I bought some pureed meats but when I opened the jar and smelled the horrible smell, I refused to feed it to my girls. It reminded me of cat food and I just could not bring myself to feed the girls the pureed meats. I would buy meats mixed with pastas or vegetables from the store. Then waited to really introduce meats until they were eating solids.

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Banana Purees

The recipe from “Mommy Made and Daddy too!” calls for one banana. I usually purchased a small bunch of bananas to create this puree. Bananas did not have to be steamed like the other recipes. Instead I would peel them and cut them into smaller pieces. Then take a fork or spatula and mash them. Then I would add a little water or formula to the mix to give it a wet consistency.

Occasionally, I would buy strawberry banana frozen mixtures to make a puree for the girls. This I would steam for a little while to get the strawberries cooked. It usually cooked in the microwave for about 4-5 minutes then I would puree it with some water.

Another great puree with bananas is mango-banana. My girls loved the mango banana puree. I would buy frozen mangoes and steam them for 9 minutes in the microwave. Then I would make the bananas as a separate dish. I would combine the mashed bananas and the steamed mangoes into the blender to puree with water.

For more banana puree ideas look at “Mommy Made and Daddy too!”

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My First Applesauce

This recipe requires 6 medium Golden Delicious Apples washed, quartered and the core cut before cooking. In the book, “Mommy Made and Daddy too!” they suggest steaming the cut apples in a steam pot with boiling water. They also suggest the microwave. For all of my baby food I opted for the microwave version. This is how I made the applesauce, which varies from what the book suggests.  I purchased a microwavable steaming basket to steam all of the fruits and vegetables.

I peeled the apples, cored them, and cut them into large chunks. I put the apple pieces into the steaming basket with some water in the bottom of the basket. I microwaved the apples for 9 minutes. I let them cool for 1 minute and then put them in the blender. I have a food processor as well. The blender worked better for me because it was able to hold all of the apples. I blended them until they were the right consistency for applesauce. Depending on how thick you want your applesauce can determine whether or not you put water in the mixture.

After a month or so of the girls eating the applesauce I added spices to it. The main spice I added was cinnamon. For a little while, it was fine until Brooke started to show allergies to cinnamon. This is a great way to introduce spice to your children’s diet. I was scared to put spice in their diet at first but someone pointed out to me that most foods have spices so it would be good for them to have early exposure. Other than cinnamon, the girls have been able to tolerate the spices.

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Creating Baby Food

Since we have twins and have double the mouth to feed we have tried different methods of baby food. We started out by purchasing the Gerber baby food for stage one at the store. That worked for a little while but we soon found that the selection was limited at our local grocery store. I had seen online other moms that were making their own baby food so I decided that I wanted to try to make some baby food for the girls. I purchased the book “Mommy Made and Daddy too!” I found it very helpful in the recipes for baby food. After months of making my own baby food, I feel that it did save us money in the long run and I will most likely make baby food for any future children we have.

I would purchase frozen fruits and vegetables to help give a variety. Plus it allowed me more time in making the baby food. Apples, pears, avocados, and bananas were always fresh. When I made the baby food, I would spend an entire morning cooking and pureeing the food. The supply usually lasted me two weeks but for one baby I am sure it would be a month of meals. For me, this was the right way to go for baby food. I knew what was being put in my children’s food and it gave them a variety of tastes and textures. I believe that this helped my children be open to new foods. They eat most foods without any problem, even know that they are on finger foods.

I will mention spices that I used in my recipes for my baby food. Spice is something that I struggled with the thought of in the beginning. Babies have such sensitive stomachs and I was worried that my girls would not adapt well to the spices. I did eventually try adding the spices to their food and found that they did actually enjoy it. I did not ever put salt in their foods, I prefer to use no-salt salt for foods. The girls ate things with cinnamon, pepper, all spice, garlic, onion powder, etc… I think that putting the spices in the food has helped them prepare for the foods they will eat in the future.

All of my baby purees were put into small tubs and frozen. You can pour them into ice trays or small jars to freeze as well. I purchased the smallest Tupperware containers with lids that I could find to use for my purees. Instead of writing on each lid with a marker, I used scotch tape and wrote on the tape. Labels did not work as well because the stickiness wore off in the freezer.

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