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Once I got Eric to eat solid food and found out what he likes, I started to cook for him myself. Did I mention that I was a disaster in the kitchen? But I had no choice and to overcome my kitchen-incompetence I bought a book by Annabel Karmel “Complete Baby and Toddler Meal planner”. It is a wonderful book, which really helped me to learn how to cook for my baby. I picked a day when I would cook for a week, puree everything in a blender and freeze. This way I was saving a lot of time – otherwise working wouldn’t be possible – and quickly became a part of my weekly routine.

For a while it was very convenient – to feed Eric all I had to do is to get a jar out of a freezer, heat in the microwave and dinner was ready. What I didn’t know was… that at 8-9 months it’s time to introduce lumps. Yes, lumps – the book says that many babies who feed on purees have problem with lumpy food, and suggests introducing lumpy food as early as possible.

That was easier said then done but finally I came up with this idea – what it I leave some cooked veggies whole, for example carrots and broccoli, and then chop them into tiny pieces and add to the puree. That worked like a charm, but I had to go slow. If I made the puree too lumpy, Eric would get frustrated and stop eating. So I was holding 2 jars – one with a puree and the other with chopped veggies and added them spoon by spoon to the puree. When I’d notice Eric getting impatient, I’d give him puree with no lumps to encourage him.

Another idea for easy lumpy food was couscous. It is very fast and easy-to-cook (takes 5 minutes tops!), nutritious and tasty, my baby totally liked it. It is a bit dry so adding it to a sauce or vegetable puree makes the best combination.