-bag of frozen sweet peas
-bananas or unsweetened applesauce if you’re in need
-1/8 to 1/4 cup of sweet pea puree at one meal
-1/8 to 1/4 cup of any other baby food (bananas, avocado, unsweetened applesauce, green beans, butternut squash, any combination of those and other foods Baby already knows, etc. ) at the other two meals
-chest milk/formula as usual
Today, I’m going to demonstrate the stove method. It’s a classic, but it’s my least favorite for several reasons. Though I shared a bit about why I dislike the stove method when I posted about apples, I didn’t give much reasoning other than it being a sweaty endeavor. So here goes:
——-It’s unbelievably hot. Even with a lid, it’s just miserable.
——-It requires that you watch it. If you don’t, you’ll very likely risk your baby food and possibly your kitchen.
——-It usually ends up using more dishes and creating more work.
——-It may be more dangerous for you and your family. Microwave steamed veggies can stay in the microwave until cool. Veggies cooked in the Instant Pot are similar and can be left to cool safely. Hot pots stay hot pots for a long time and they’re out in the open. In the busyness of life, especially life with little ones, it isn’t that hard to bump into a pot, forget to move it to the back burner, or forget to turn the handle towards the back and away from hands. There are risks with all types of cooking, and boiling ranks very high on my personal “not worth it” scale.
You may love making baby food this way, and that’s just fine! Making baby food is cooking, and everyone does it a little bit differently based on needs and preferences. No matter how you make your baby food, be warned that regardless of preparation style, peas often need to be mixed with a fruit. For some reason, peas tend to cause automatic gag reflex. I don’t recommend trying peas with a shirt you care about for yourself or Baby.