Grain Free, Homemade Baby Food
Our family has been on a journey towards real food since the birth of our first child.

We started our first baby on rice cereal at 6 months and he was eating other grains (like Cheerios) before the age of one.

Our approach to baby food is different for our third baby. We are keeping her grain-free until after she turns one. Babies do not produce enzymes to digest cereals and it’s best to wait until after they are one to introduce grains.

If you’re avoiding grains, what do you feed baby?

Baby's First Food

 

First Baby Foods

  • Soft Boiled Egg Yolk
  • Banana

We slowly introduced soft boiled egg yolk starting at 6 months old. (Just the egg yolk, no egg white – the egg white is the allergen!) Soft boiled egg yolk is simple to prepare and our baby girl loved and still loves her egg yolks.

She ate soft boiled egg yolks for the first few weeks of solids and then we introduced a little bit of banana into her diet. Banana is an easy baby food – just mash it a bit and it’s ready to eat.

Puréed Foods for the Beginning Eater

  • Avocado
  • Squash
  • Sweet Potato
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Peaches

Around 7.5 months, we started introducing other foods in addition to egg yolk and banana.

Avocado is another easy baby food – just mash it and feed baby. We steamed the squash, baked the sweet potatoes and cooked apples, peaches and pears before puréeing.

Freezing Homemade Baby Food

The squash, sweet potatoes, apples, peaches and pears can be prepared in large batches and frozen (I freeze in ice cube trays). Preparing foods ahead of time and freezing is a convenient way to have homemade baby food easily accessible.

Finger Foods for Baby

(All of these foods cut into teeny pieces)

  • Avocado
  • Carrots (cooked)
  • Hard Boiled Egg Yolk
  • Chicken/Steak
  • Ground Beef/Turkey/Venison
  • Bananas

Around 9 months old, she started gobbling up her purées and was interested in feeding herself. We began offering her tiny cubes of various foods and allowing her to feed herself. She’s good at getting the teeny pieces of food into her mouth and it’s adorable to watch her chubby little hands as she feeds herself.

She’s 10 months old and keeping baby grain free has been easy so far.

For feeding her on the go, I pack a small cooler bag and bring along her homemade baby foods. Yes, it takes more effort than carrying around convenient dry puffs or Cheerios but it’s worth the effort to keep her digestive system healthy.

What are your favorite grain free foods for baby?

Recommended Reading:

The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care

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Toy Library

We have organized a toy library to help keep the toys in our home manageable.

For a while, we had a toy rotation but they still had too many choices. When our kids have too many toy choices, they just drag everything out but don’t really play with anything – too many choices can overwhelm young children.

Our children tend to play better if their toys are not all out at once. Allowing them to choose a toy or two to play with at a time helps them to engage more deeply in their play. Plus, there are fewer toys out so our house is not over run with toys.


Cooking Drawer

All of their toys are not always stored in the library. We currently have 3 drawers in the end of their bunk bed that contain imaginative play things. One drawer holds their play dishes and two drawers hold their dress up things. These are always accessible.

The rest of the toys are organized in the toy library in their closet.

To organize our toy library, we evaluated each of their toys.

Toys that Stayed:

  • Sparked creative play
  • Building toys
  • Musical Instruments

Toys that Went:

  • Battery operated
  • Close ended toys
  • Low quality toys

After culling toys, we sorted the remaining toys into categories like trains, farm animals, cars, blocks, etc. We then grouped like toys together into bins to store on the shelves.

Organized Toy Closet

At the beginning of the day, they choose the toys they want to play with. If one boy wants to play with the farm animals, he gets the bin that holds the farm animals as well as the play barn and tractors. Another boy may choose to play trains so he gets the bin that contains all of the trains and train tracks.

They can play with these toys individually or together, it’s up to them. We just ask that they pick up those toys and put them away before choosing another toy or toy bin to play with.

At 3 and 4, they’ve not quite mastered putting the toys away before choosing another but they’re learning. I often encourage them and help them with the pick up process.

With this toy library set up, the amount of toys throughout our home during the day has been greatly reduced. There still are toys all over their room and in our living room but every toy they own has not been pulled out.

Another benefit of this toy library, clean up is simple. At the end of the day, we put the toys back into the bins or drawers they belong in. It only takes a few minutes to pick up and all tripping hazards have been removed for the night.

Related posts:

Toy Rotation

Gifts to Encourage Creativity in Young Children

How do you organize your children’s toys? 

contentment

One of the keys to living a simple and minimal lifestyle is contentment.

In America, we have been bombarded with advertising trying to convince us that we need and deserve unnecessary things. And, too often, we believe it.

We’re fairly happy with what we have until we compare what we have or don’t have to what someone else has.

We can ignore the messages telling us we need more.

Instead, we can choose a life of simplicity and contentment.

For Christians, contentment is biblical:

“I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last you have renewed your care for me. You were, in fact, concerned about me, but lacked the opportunity to show it. I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content — whether well-fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.” -Philippians 4:10-13 HCSB

“But godliness with contentment is a great gain. For we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out. But if we have food and clothing we will be content with these.” -1 Timothy 6:6-8 HCSB

These scriptures are such an encouragement to me. They put into focus what really matters and that does not include acquiring things.

I firmly believe that learning contentment is a crucial step in your attempts to live simply.

To foster contentment, start dwelling on what you do have.

When you are thankful for all of the good, how can you not be content?

How do you foster contentment in your life? 

 

Merry Christmas
What a fun, busy and full month December was for our family! We had a wonderful Christmas season and were able to spend time with lots of family!Sister and Brothers
We started the month off with our Christmas photo shoot. We snapped at least a hundred pictures trying to get one where all 3 kids were looking at the camera with no one crying or making crazy faces. There were lots of cute and funny shots!
Silly Brothers
One of my favorites of the boys — these boys smile so big sometimes it’s hilarious!December Days
This is what most of our December days looked like while we were home — Christmas tree glowing, kids playing with the nativity and other toys in the living room. Christmas Parade
The boys at our local Christmas parade. Christmas Tree
Our sweet little tree, fully decorated by our boys with a blanket as a tree skirt! We really keep things simple around here. Just Us
Paxton took this photo for us before John David’s work Christmas party. 
Excited Boys
My aunt and uncle sent the kids a Christmas package. The boys were so excited to open the package when it arrived – to their disappointment the package contained wrapped gifts! Of course they wanted to open them right then but they were Christmas gifts so I told them they had to wait! I remember my childhood excitement when the package my aunt and uncle sent us arrived each Christmas — it was fun to watch the boys experience the same excitement!

 

9 Months

Cecilia was 9 months old on the 20th.

Here are some milestones from 8 to 9 months:

  • Feeding herself – it’s beyond precious to watch!
  • Using a sippy cup!
  • Wearing bumGenius diapers on the largest setting.
  • Cruising
  • Wearing 9-12 month clothes
  • Getting into everything. We’re having to keep the bathroom doors closed again and she loves getting into the dishwasher when it’s opened.
  • Loves bath time. Anytime we run a bath, she beelines for the bathroom!
  • Loves chewing on her socks.
  • Prefers her brothers toys to her baby toys.

We left home on the 20th and started our big Christmas trip. We had Christmas with John David’s mom’s family on the 20th and then went on to his parents house. We celebrated Christmas with John David’s dad’s family on the 21st.

Happy Birthday Weston
Our Weston turned 3 years old on the 22nd! We had a fun day celebrating him. His Mimi made his hunting birthday cake – a cookie cake with deer on it which was exactly what he wanted! We went to Chick-fil-A for his birthday breakfast, ate cake and opened presents.

Birthday Book
We keep gifts simple yet meaningful. We gave Weston a copy of Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life – a book full of pictures about farm life – perfect for our little farmer. We’ll all enjoy reading this book for years to come.

Weston's birthday
We headed to visit with my parents, sister and nieces who were visiting my grandparents in Virginia. We celebrated Weston’s birthday with them after dinner with another cookie cake and a few more presents! Such a fun day — it’s hard to remember that I was disappointed about having a Christmas baby, I now love his December birthday! He hasn’t celebrated a birthday yet without extended family.

Christmas with cousins

We celebrated Christmas with my family on the 23rd. We exchanged presents, enjoyed time together and took pictures of the cousins – my mom made the girls coordinating dresses!

Then we headed back to John David’s parents to spend Christmas Day with them. Little Farmer
While we were there, Weston enjoyed a little bit of farming. He helped his daddy and papaw work on a trailer! Such a hard little worker.

Christmas DayOur Christmas day began with a yummy breakfast with John David’s family and his mamaw. Then we exchanged presents, played and enjoyed a relaxing evening. We ended the day with a drive to look at Christmas lights and watching Annabelles Wish!

Boreing Kids
Mama Daughter

We headed back home on the 26th and celebrated our family Christmas on the 27th.

Our FamilyMerry Christmas and best wishes for 2015 from the Boreing family! We’re looking forward to what the New Year holds for our family!