baby food- homemede vs shop brought

Andriea - posted on 05/03/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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just wonting to know peoples oppinions really and what they used/using, pros cons results. i have tried making it myself and bying it from the shop in little glass jars and have found he gets a more balanced diet from the little jars althought i still puree up fruit for his breakfast.

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Michelle - posted on 05/13/2010

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I make my own food as well. I make a batch every Sunday afternoon and freeze for the week! My friend (who turned me on to homemade food) had this book (http://www.amazon.com/Blender-Baby-Food-...) which I bought as well. It is great with EASY recipes, and goes in stages of what foods you should do at each month. Highly recommend this book! And most recipes usually have a good amount of blank space at the bottom of the page, so that is where I write down the date we started that food and what his reactions were to the food!

Brooke - posted on 05/06/2010

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have you used wholesomebabyfood.com? I used jar food for my older two sons and one of them is picky and the other eats everything in sight. This time around I am making my food, or at least attempting to because since them I was diagnosed with celiac disease and have developed an egg allergy. I am trying to prevent that for my son if possible. I say do whatever you feel is best. Don't beat yourself up for using jar baby food if you decide to. You seem to have your babys best interests and nutrition at heart. Good luck. Mabye you could continue to make the fruits and veggies but suppleement with some of the jar meals or options with protein/fiber.

Ashley - posted on 05/06/2010

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With my older daughter, I did store bought ones. I was a single mom and just did not cook at home. however, she didnt eat baby food very well. I had to use those mesh feeders and just give her frozen fruit. She was eating table food for quite a while (like 9 months) but I watcehd what I fed her. She just wasn't into baby food at all.

If this one (my little one) would ever get the green light for solids I will have to make hers because she is milk, soy, and rice intolerant. We are having to wait unti. June at the earliest now.

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We're doing the same as Whitney - only using jars when totally necessary and home-made purees the rest of the time. Here in the UK baby food contains no added salt or sugar so are perfectly healthy but my health visitor advised me not to use them all the time because babies should get used to eating "family foods" rather than stuff out of a jar.

I've started putting a little baby rice in the thinner purees such as apple, pear etc. so that he's getting all his vitamins plus carbohydrate =]

Andriea - posted on 05/04/2010

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thankyou for your resposes they r very helpful. i have problems keeping a varied diet as i can only seem to give him fruit and veg and not sure if his diet is balanced enough with just that alone its messes with his digetion and he gets the runs cos no fiber am a little stuck any advice would be much appreciated.

Glory - posted on 05/04/2010

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jarred food is loaded with salt and preservatives...i would continue to make your own food, and only use the jarred food if you're travelling or in a pinch ;)

Whitney - posted on 05/04/2010

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We are doing all homemade solids at this stage. The plan is to only use jarred food if we are travelling and can't make it. What I like most about making my own baby food is that there are so many other options and variety. I have made spinach and brocoli and and going to make some pureed asparagus today for Chase.

We did the same thing with our first and even now at 4, he will eat ANYTHING!!!!!



When we do buy pre-made baby food, I make sure that it is only organic.

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