How To: Make and Freeze Homemade Baby Food {Sweet Potato Purée}

When introducing vegetables into your baby's diet, consider starting with sweet potatoes. They have a pleasing taste, are packed full of nutrients, and, due to their fiber content, help maintain a healthy digestive tract.

How To: Make and Freeze Homemade Baby Food {Sweet Potato Purée}

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These days, we've settled into a pretty predictable routine. Our sweet girl begins to stir around 7 AM and babbles to herself until one (usually both) of us goes into her room. After a diaper change, a feeding, and some cuddle time (usually with a book or two), we're ready to start our day.

Tomorrow will likely be business as usual, but it definitely won't feel that way. Everything about the day is going to feel special because tomorrow is the day our sweet baby girl turns one!

Needless to say, we're in full party prep mode over here!

Sweet Potatoes | Taste As You Go

The party is on Saturday, and I have a bunch of details to take care of before then. (Plus a whole lot of housework...) Now that we're no longer making regular trips to the pediatrician's office, I stand a decent chance of getting everything done in time.

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Long story short?

Our sweet girl wasn't showing us signs that she was still hungry. We read her behavior as contentment. Rather than dish up more food, we just moved on to the next part of our day.

Sweet Potatoes | Taste As You Go

She hardly fussed, so it didn't occur to us that she might want more. I started letting her nurse a little longer. We put more formula in her bottles. We increased the size of her meals.


Sweet Potatoes | Taste As You Go

The fussiness she had been showing disappeared (for the most part). Her belly started rounding out and her weight started moving in the right direction. When I saw the jump in her weight at the doctor's office, I scooped her up off the scale and actually danced down the hall with her.

Sweet Potato | Taste As You Go

Sweet Potatoes | Taste As You Go

I don't think I can describe how relieved I felt at that moment. Not knowing what was wrong was so, so frustrating. But we worked through it. We figured it out. And we made changes that helped put her on the right path again.

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But isn't that part of being a parent? Facing periods of helplessness, figuring out an escape plan, and gaining strength from it so you can handle whatever's thrown at you next?

How To: Make and Freeze Homemade Baby Food {Sweet Potato Purée}

With the endless follow-up appointments and lab tests behind us, we can focus on the fun things now.

Like shopping. And trying new food. And wearing a new hairstyle.

And turning one.

How To: Use Sweet Potato Purée

What if you make and/or freeze a batch of sweet potato purée and your baby decides he/she doesn't like it anymore? If you're left with a whole lot of sweet potato purée in your freezer, here are some ways to use it up:

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