Why did you start to make homemade baby food?
When the time came to start with tasting portions, it felt completely natural to make my own baby food. I’ve always cooked for myself and my husband, so it was obvious to me that I would make the food for our children.
What’s your children’s favorite food?
Risotto with green peas and goat cheese, or beet cupcakes that they got as soon as they could eat food with chunks in it. Those are dishes that both my kids devoured, from the first to the last bite.
I let my children discover tastes from around the world.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I read loads of cookbooks and food magazines and tailor the recipes for young children. I like to cook seasonally, and I often talk to vegetable farmers who advise me on the best seasonal products.
I’ve also been lucky enough to travel a lot and let my children discover spices and flavors from around the world.
How is your homemade baby food different?
I use lots of fruits and vegetables, even unusual vegetables and exotic fruits that my friends and relatives don’t make for their kids.
I also like mixing sweet and salty. It’s something that I appreciate after living a few years in England. Over there the combination is more common than here in France.
Unusual vegetables and exotic fruits.
And I’m not afraid to use spices – other people I know rarely give their children any. My children also get to taste a variety of cheeses, even the strong-flavored ones!
Help! My baby doesn’t like the homemade baby food I cook.
The idea behind first tasting portions is to stimulate interest in new flavors. So I believe it’s important not to force babies to eat if they don’t like the taste. Your baby will still get all the nutrients they need from milk.
The right consistency is also important.
On the other hand, it’s important to let babies taste the same dish several times in order to make sure that they don’t like it. The right consistency is also important. If it’s too thin, too thick, too grainy or too chunky, it can bother the baby.
My best advice on homemade baby food
- Explore flavors and consistencies gradually. Let your baby get to taste one fruit or vegetable at a time before mixing several together or using spices.
- Don’t rush, and don’t force your baby to eat everything on the plate. If babies get their milk and have a satisfactory growth curve, sleep well and are developing normally, this means that they’re getting just what they need.
- Enjoy cooking homemade baby food using the most healthful and best seasonal produce. And don’t hesitate to experiment with flavorful and exotic foods.
Lives in: Rueil-Malmaison, outside Paris, France
Works as: Mom, business owner, writer and baby food blogger. I run the company Cubes et Petits pois with a focus on nutrition and organic baby food. I have two children, a five-year-old boy and a two-year girl.
Cubes & Petits pois
Cubes & Petits pois was launched in 2011 and was the first French website to focus entirely on baby food and recipes for toddlers. The blog contains simple and quick recipe for parents who want to make their own baby food – but are short on time.