There are different ways to mash up food, I'm sure you've figured out your own way. We actually just use a fork because with M2 she's only going to eat a few bites the 1st time around. With M1 the nanny uses a cheese grater, with is actuallly very innovative because at least you're sure you get all the big chunks out. Yup! Maxine's food is still mushy because she hates to chew! The plus about this is that she eats alot but in a short span of time. The negative is she doesn't eat what we eat yet. Don't get me wrong, she can chew rice and chicken and etc, she just doesn't want to.
If you feel that the food you are making for baby is too dry, feel free to add breastmilk or water then lessen water as baby gets used to swallowing.
- Serve the food no warmer than body temperature.
- Use caution if you heat meals in the microwave. Microwaves heat unevenly and can create "hot spots" – areas of the food that are much hotter than others – so be sure to stir microwaved food well and let it sit for a few minutes before serving.
- Only dish out the amount of food you think your baby will eat at that feeding. You'll need to toss what's left over because your baby's saliva will get into the mixture and make it easy for bacteria to grow in the food.
- Don't sweeten your baby's food. Babies don't need any extra sugar. And never use honey or corn syrup, which can cause botulism – a potentially fatal form of food poisoning – in babies.
- Use seasonings. Despite the tradition of feeding babies bland food, they can tolerate and enjoy different flavors.
- Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container and use them up within a couple of days. You can also freeze leftovers in ice cube trays or similar devices. After the cubes are frozen solid, remove them and store in plastic freezer bags. Fruits and vegetables frozen this way will last six to eight months. Meat (including poultry) and fish will last one to two months.
Always remember to wait 3 days before introducing new food to check for allergic reactions.
*food tips are taken from babycenter.com