Clarissa didn’t get her first tooth until she was 10 months old, so we did purees for a long time.
I started with rice cereal and vegetables. I wanted her to get a taste for vegetables before I added fruits because they are sweeter. I wanted to make sure she would eat her vegetables!
Bananas are quick because they are easy to mash with a fork. She also really enjoyed applesauce.
I made my own applesauce. It was actually pretty easy. I would peel three apples. Then I would cut them into small pieces and put in a saucepan. I poured in just enough water to cover the pieces and covered the saucepan. Then, I would bring it to a boil and then simmer for about twenty minutes. It smelled so good when I took the lid off! By that time, the apples are soft. Drain the water from the pan but keep it. Put the apple chunks in a blender. Add the water from the saucepan as needed to make it the consistency you want. Then, I would take the puree and pour it into an ice cube tray.
(I usually did this at dinner time or at night, so the ice cubes would be ready in the morning.) In the morning, I would take the ice cubes and put them in a plastic bag.
To serve the applesauce, I would take an ice cube and put it in one of Clarissa’s bowls. Then I would put it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. It usually took that long before it was fully melted. But it was usually too hot to eat for a few minutes. So I would serve her rice cereal while waiting for the applesauce to cool.
I mixed two tablespoons of rice cereal and two tablespoons of breast milk or water. Clarissa would eat that at room temperature.
At this point, she would eat solids twice per day. She usually ate once after her nap in the afternoon and then again at dinner. She continued to nurse 5 times per day.
The book Top 100 Baby Purees gives recipes of fruits that you can mix together if you want ideas.
Note: The only time I have ever given Clarissa juice is when I make applesauce. I just take the extra water that I don’t use and put it in a bottle for her. She will drink a little at a time for a few days. I figure that it’s okay for her since it’s just apples and water, no added sugar.