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Yea I can see how they would need to be a bit thicker. I found a book on amazon that I was thinking of getting which is all about homemade purees so I'll let you know what it says about making things thicker when I get it.
You could add anything starchy to thin fruits to make them thicker. Say add banana to watermelon, for example, or even strain out some of the liquid from watermelon to save out the thicker bits. Then use the liquid in a sippy cup maybe? Or use the liquid to thin out the thicker stuff like potatoes and such?
As for the oatmeal, what I do is blend the dry oats before I cook them, so that I have a bunch of powdered/fine oats, and then I can store them that way. Then I do the lazy way of cooking and just put some in a bowl with some water and microwave it for a couple minutes. You could cook ahead though, and then blend it and freeze it, if that is easier for you.
You could probably very easily do the same with grains of rice---blend the dry rice until it's fine, then cook as whenever you want. Any grain, in fact. If you wanted to add more variety with the grains, you could easily add ground flax seed, or buckwheat, cornmeal or any other grain. You could make a multigrain cereal that way. Also, Bob's Red Mill is a great brand to look for if you want something a little simpler--they have good quality grains that are stone ground.
Leia luckily I've known 2 of the kids forever so it's easy to keep straight, and the other one hasn't eaten at our house. But they are all old enough to tell me what they can't have and will even read the ingredients if they think I missed something - LOL. And as for rice - DH reads a lot of science articles and news articles and his recommendation on rice is don't eat rice from the south (it's grown sometimes on old cotton fields where the ground has a lot of pesticide) or from China for the same reason. California rice (in his opinion from what he read and researched) is best. And as for not having time to make baby food we normally do the same as a pp and just take some of what we made (potatoes, fruit, etc) and then process it further into baby food. I'll be glad when T is a little older so we can get back to making more of our own food. So far I've only made zucchini bread and pasta sauce with stuff from the garden. Well and our one laying big hen gives us eggs sometimes.