homemade baby food

Jenn - posted on 01/22/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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im just starting out on making homemade baby food for my 5 month old. does anyone have any suggestions on how to go about it or any ideas? anything will be helpful

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Rachael - posted on 04/09/2010

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I realize this is an older topic, but wanted to offer up my experience for those who may be interested. I have 3 girls. The first ate store bought baby food. She is my pickiest eater, particularly toward veggies. With the 2nd I couldn't justify the expense and the preservatives so I made my own and froze it in ice cube trays. She is much more open to healthy food, loves green beans, but has a big problem wanting sugar all the time. My 3rd baby never had pureed food a day in her life. Except maybe applesauce--lol! We did baby-led solids with her and I swear she has the healthiest view toward a variety of foods of all of my girls. Just do a google search on "baby led solids". There's a group on llli.org forums but it's been so long since I've been on there that I really couldn't tell you the exact address right off.

Jessica - posted on 03/31/2010

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Hey there. Crystal is right! Those expensive "baby food" makers are a silly waste of money. I used a $5.00 food processor to make my sons foods. I started with apples, pears and sweet potatoes. My pediatrician never said no carrotts and my son loved them! So just ask about those I guess. Another great thing I did - I would make his food on Tuesdays and Sundays. I would make gobs at a time and then freeze them in covered ice cube trays. Each cube is about an ounce- so its perfect for starting out And the bigger their appetite gets the more cubes you use. This was great for us bc we are always on the go. So before we left for the day I would pop a few out into a ziploc bowl and usually by the time I needed them, they were defrosted or close to it! So I never had to worry about lugging a cooler around!!

Samantha - posted on 03/15/2010

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Hi, I got a book from a private clinic and it really helped me, this is what is says:



4th Month - Cereal Month.

If the baby is over 4 mnths, begin with rice cereal (1 heaped teaspoon).

At 6 months you may explore other cereals.



5th Month - Vegetable Month

1st week - Butternut

2nd week - Butternut, Carrots

3rd week - Butternut, Carrots, Sweet Potato

4th week - Butternut, Carrots, Sweet Potato, Baby Marrow OR Green Beans (with skin on)



DO NOT ADD SALT, SUGAR OR MARGARINE (BUTTER) TO BABY'S FOOD!



BOIL UNTIL VEGGIES ARE SOFT, ALLOW TO COOL THEN LIQUIDISE WELL TOGETHER WITH THE WATER THEY WERE COOKED. FREEZE AS DESIRED.

Allison - posted on 01/23/2010

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I would suggest starting with a single pureed/mashed vegetable, such as pumpking, sweet potato, potato or carrot, and trying a few vegetables before starting on fruit. Fruit being sweeter, may make it harder for your baby to be willing to eat vegetables later on. I started this way, then after a few weeks, I started to make vegetable purees of 2, then 3 or 4 vegetables, before adding finely chopped meats and then making the textures of the food a little bit thicker. You will know when your baby is ready for lumpier foods because he/she will show you that they have the ability to chew. Also, before starting on vegetables, I actually fed my son baby rice cereal for a week or so (farex). That is very bland, but a good way to teach them to eat off a spoon. Hope this helps.

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Karla - posted on 05/21/2010

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I made some and bought some. My son loved pureed zucchini. I steamed it and put it in a food processor. No need to add water. When he got older I used a food mill for casseroles and such and he was able to eat whatever my husband and I were having. I used wholesomebabyfoods.com as well!!!

Evelyne - posted on 04/10/2010

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I am wanting to make home made baby food for my daughter too; when she is old enough for solids but my idea is to just feed her meals we are having and blend with a blender or mixer.. I have really only tried apples and I like the taste so I want to continue to try with this method with carrots, mashed potatoes and gravy w/ roast beef, but I am opened for any suggestions too.

Angel Jude - posted on 03/17/2010

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That listing seem to be very helpful for feeding my baby....... Thankyou very much.

Samantha - posted on 03/15/2010

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6th Month - Protein Month

1st week - Chicken

2nd week - Beef

3rd week - Lamb

4th week - Chicken and Chicken Liver mixed



PLACE PROTEIN IN A POT AND COVER WITH A BIT OF STOCK WATER, SIMMER UNTIL PROTEIN IS SOFT.

LIQUIDISE WITH VEGETABLES.



YOU CAN ALSO INTRODUCE A FEEDING CUP AT 6 MONTHS!



7th Month - Dairy Month

Try 1-2 teaspoons of natural yoghurt mixed with soft fruits e.g. banana, paw-paw for 1 week and then try flavoured yoghurt.



For a snack try toast.



Introduce New Vegetables: Peas, Beans, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Broccoli, Spinach.

Use: Butternut, Carrots and Sweet Potato as a base.



Flavour with grated cheese, marmite or gravy.

Jeanette - posted on 02/20/2010

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I made all of my sons baby food, it was really easy and super cheap! I would cook vegetables and harder fruits (like apples), in a pan on the stove in water, chicken broth (for veggies), or apple juice until they were very soft. Then just throw them in a food processor or blender until smooth. You can mix flavors as the baby gets a bit older. Then just pur them into ice cube trays, cover with foil and freeze. Once frozen pop them out and put the cubes into containers and lable the flavors. When you want to use the frozen baby food, just put a few cubes into a bowl and microwave just enough to melt the cubes.

Naomi - posted on 02/16/2010

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Making your baby homemade food has soooo many perks! There's the cost, nutritional value, and you know that you baby isn't eating any rodent or insect parts, ick!
When it comes to websites, wholesome babyfood has been a huge help for me too! The WHO and American Association of Pediatrics or AAP have just recently come out with new information regarding allergens and baby food. Otherwise known as give them the food lol. I have found spices a great way to liven up oat cereal. I invested in a steamer and it has already paid for itself, it's marvelous and retains a lot of the nutrients, one of the best ways to cook besides baking.
Peas are a good first food as is turkey or chicken. I wish you the best of luck and good job.

Korina - posted on 02/15/2010

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Hi Jenn,
yae for homemade baby food!! its a great way to make sure we know exactly what our baby's are eating! Organic mashed avocado has been a hit with my little girl..we have also tried mashed banana. I wouldnt mix any of the veggies yet, but I am looking forward to whizzing up potato, carrot, pumpkin and silverbeet! yum!! enjoy :)

Crystal - posted on 02/10/2010

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Hi Jen I was at a class today about making my own baby food and the tips they gave me was dont buy the expensive babyfood makers all you really need is a blender or food processor. She also said to leave some texture in the foods so that the baby gets used to the different textures. There are classes you can take to make your own baby foods Im not sure where you live but I am sure they must offer a class somewhere

Kirsten - posted on 01/26/2010

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I am happy to hear you are starting with homemade foods! It's such a wonderful way to build healthy eating habits and curb the struggle most parents have with toddler foods. there are a few websites that can be very helpful. www.wholesomebabyfood.com is one I used often.

I actually started my own personal chef/home instruction service www.kaybeebaby.com for parents who are not cooking or don't have time.

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I also started my young one on rice cereal at 4 months on the advice of her ped. I am now making all my own baby food. I've done yams, carrots and bananas. For the yams and carrots I boil them until softish then cut them up into even smaller bits, put them through the blender slowly adding purified water. Then i pass it through a mug sized tea strainer. Pour it into ice cube trays and then when it is frozen i put two cubes into a baggie and just defrost them when ready to eat. I also add a bit of formula to make it creamier/mushier after defrosting.
Much cheaper than buying jars of food and she seems to like this food better than the one time I tried store bought stuff.

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