I have always made baby food for my kids because it's less expensive than buying jars from the store and I enjoy doing it. Caleb and Ella both loved it, but we aren't having as much luck with Lillian. I have been making various fruits and vegetables and combinations of one or the other (or both) for about a week and a half now and she hasn't been real crazy about any of it. Now, if she was the firstborn and I had oodles of time at home to sit and feed her, we could probably work our way through it - but some days I don't even remember to eat until the kids are napping, so that really isn't an option.
Today we were going to Target to buy a shower gift for a friend of ours, so while I was there I decided to get some baby food and see if Lillian liked it any better. Now keep in mind I have never bought this stuff before - so many choices!!! I felt like I was trying to pick out a china pattern or something (and it didn't help having 3 restless children in the cart). I settled on some Gerber veggies and some brand of organic fruits that were on clearance. Fast forward to a few hours later, when I fed her some garden vegetables and prunes (we are working through some digestive issues with her or I would have definitely chosen another fruit). She went NUTS for it - she loved it and just sat there like a little bird with her mouth wide open, waiting for the next bite! It was night and day compared to feeding her the homemade stuff. So I am kind of sad that I will have to cut back on my already tight grocery budget to start buying baby food, but elated that she is enjoying eating it. Don't tell the other 2, but they might start finding fruit and vegetable purees in their pancakes and spaghetti sauce. Who knew a 6 month-old could be so strong-willed and opinionated - I wonder who she gets that from... ;)