Baby Food

Carmen - posted on 11/18/2009 ( 33 moms have responded )

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Is anyone making their own baby food? I want to I just wasn't sure how much work it is and I have a fussy baby so not a lot of time.

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Michelle - posted on 12/08/2009

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It is easy I normally just take one day to make it...boil on each burner and then throw it in the blender...I get the little dixie cups that are about 3. oz with the lids and freeze them in there, and warm up when needed....any question feel free to email me at chelle0406851@aol.com.....Michelle

Tanya - posted on 12/08/2009

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Quoting Brea:

Some times I wonder if I'm living on a 'perfect life' cloud or something, but I wonder when we all decided that the easy route is 'fine'! I work 50+ hours a week like everyone else, but I still find 30 minutes a week to make my baby food. I just dont understand it when people say it is too much trouble to cook for their INFANT.

For anyone that is debating doing this, remember that people that are fed fresh veggies and fruit as infants actually crave these foods as adults. Kids that are fed processed foods (organic or not) crave the texture and taste of processed foods. I'm not totally opposed to all jarred baby food, but personally, I think it is really important to ensure that fresh foods are in my house at all times, and I hope to ALWAYs find the time to serve unprocessed foods to my daughter and husband for at least one meal of the day.

BTW - since I'm already on a high horse, I want to remind everyone that I think cloth diapering is EASY as well. Way easier that fretting over who is going to go buy diapers every week or month. Washing/folding cloth diapers twice a week is only a :15 minute job and totally worth the effort.


Wow!! Settle down please. Is this a friendly site? Prehaps you could of reworded some of this as you obviously feel very strong about this issue. A lot of us do, but it is after all personal choice. I make my baby food at home for at home but when i go out i have store bought. I dont go out eveyday, so that means she may only have about 2 store bought a week which i consider a fair trade off. I live in a tropical environment and feel food could go off very quickly if not handled correctly therefore i will not take homemade out with me. Too risky. Also, about nappies - we all lead very busy lives, we dont know about other people's commitments and how much help is on hand at home...what their baby is like etc, also once again tropical environment - disposables are a lot better for her skin as I change them almost every 3 hours. Cloth nappies dont allow them to breathe.



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Kelly - posted on 12/06/2009

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O wow! People on here say it is a lot of work but it is NOT if you have the right things. I would invest in a machine called the Beaba baby food maker. It has changed my life and I wish I had had it for my first son. It steams veggies or fruit, in a matter of minutes, but then purees it after the steaming is done. No fuss, no time out of your day, and they come with trays that you can use for freezing left over food. It is a bit expensive- but WELL worth your money. Babies should be eating fresh vegetables,and if you have a fussy baby, she will probably yum this up a lot faster than anything in a jar. If you can't afford this unit- then steaming and pureeing is really not a hard process and you should be able to get things done while it cooks so no excuses for too time consuming!!

Katie - posted on 12/05/2009

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I make connor his own food he loves it, i give hin what we have mainly anything that blends easily such as all the veg... his fave is sweet potatoe with butternut squash, its really cheap to but aswell i noticed i saved loads when i started doing it...

Jessica - posted on 12/05/2009

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I didn't read through all the replies so I don't know if anyone has suggested it, but definitely check out www.wholesomebabyfood.com -- its a great resource with tons of info on feeding solids and making baby food, including recipes! It is a little bit of work, but basically all you do is cook the food like you would normally and then puree it. You can use a blender or a food processor. I've made most of my son's baby food but not all- I didn't feel like dealing with peeling squash or carrots, and he didn't like the texture of the green beans I made because I couldn't get it smooth enough. So I just buy jars for those things. Its lots of fun though!

To store the purees just get an ice cube tray or two and fill it with the puree, then freeze it. When they are frozen pop them out and store them in a freezer bag!

Courtney - posted on 12/04/2009

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I make my baby food and it's super easy! I've made squash, pumpkin, apples, green beans, and carrots. Just buy organic and boil them. I reserved the cooking water to get a thinner puree in my blender (you can always thicken it a little with some cereal as your baby gets better at eating solids). I freeze it in ice cube trays and then pop them into a ziploc bag to keep in the freezer. My husband and I spent one day making all of the food, so it went fast. I recommend just buying cheap ice cube trays and freezing it all at once. I buy peaches, pears, and bananas, but my daughter prefers her veggies!

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I make my baby's food. I choose to do it because I feel it will create a less fussy eater cause pureeing the food will leave the same flavor as he will be eating later on. It takes about 20-30 mins a week. Just buy the fresh fruit or veggies, steam them, puree them, put the puree in ice cubes trays. When they are frozen, take the cubes out and place them in small snack bags. They last 2 months in the freezer. We have been feeding solid foods for about 6 weeks. He is already eating bananas, apples, sweet potatoes, peas and cereal. This week I will be making squash. He has LOVED everything so far. I highly recommend this!

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Quoting Brea:

Some times I wonder if I'm living on a 'perfect life' cloud or something, but I wonder when we all decided that the easy route is 'fine'! I work 50+ hours a week like everyone else, but I still find 30 minutes a week to make my baby food. I just dont understand it when people say it is too much trouble to cook for their INFANT.

For anyone that is debating doing this, remember that people that are fed fresh veggies and fruit as infants actually crave these foods as adults. Kids that are fed processed foods (organic or not) crave the texture and taste of processed foods. I'm not totally opposed to all jarred baby food, but personally, I think it is really important to ensure that fresh foods are in my house at all times, and I hope to ALWAYs find the time to serve unprocessed foods to my daughter and husband for at least one meal of the day.

BTW - since I'm already on a high horse, I want to remind everyone that I think cloth diapering is EASY as well. Way easier that fretting over who is going to go buy diapers every week or month. Washing/folding cloth diapers twice a week is only a :15 minute job and totally worth the effort.


Um wow.....harsh much?? I cloth diaper as well but in no way do I act or feel superior to other mothers or push my beliefs/parenting on them and make them feel bad because they don't have time to make their baby food online.



 



 



OP-Happy Baby makes some good, frozen baby-food.

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I know I'm late but could you buy the Steam In A Bag veggies and cool them then puree them? It'd save you an extra step & dirty dishes :)

Danielle - posted on 12/01/2009

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We make our own baby food. Best things about it is its cheap since squash and zucchini came from our garden, and other squash and pumpkin came from our parents. Other PROs are its better for the environment (raw materials, transportation), we know there are no preservatives, and the frozen cubes travel really well to daycare or when we are out of town.

Worst thing about it is that you are always having to heat it up, purchased baby food can be opened and fed at room temperature. The time it takes to prepare it has not been a problem yet, since she doesn't eat much :) One other pro to storebought is that it doens't take up freezer space!

I would use something better than a standard blender, we have used a food processor and the "magic bullet", both worked great.

I picked up a lot of ice cube trays from thrift stores, and with the bigger batches I used our foodsaver vaccuum sealer to keep the cubes free from freezer goo or odors.

Also we already had an upright freezer so we have the space to make big batches.

Beth - posted on 11/30/2009

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my pediatrician told me that i should wait until he is 6 months old to start making my own baby food...i'll let you know in january though, i plan on doing as much as i can

Carmen - posted on 11/30/2009

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Thanks for all of your advice. I bought a new blender to start trying to make homemade baby food.

Kristin - posted on 11/26/2009

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Although, I agree with your statements. I think parenting is hard enough without such heated advice. Everybody has to find what works for them and should not be judged for it.

Lisa - posted on 11/26/2009

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I made all my own vegies for my 17 year old when he was a baby and I do the same for my 5 and a half month old now. It only takes half an hour tops out of your day or evening. Jordan has been having vegies for dinner since he was 11 weeks old as formula just wasn't enough for him. To start with I would put them through the 'mouli' a hand operated food grinder I guess you would refer to it as - it would give a very fine consistency with a slight texture to it. I now just mash them well for him. One thing I don't do though is separate vegies, he has carrot, pumpkin, potato, sweet potato, broccoli heads and silverbeet all mashed together and absolutely loves it. It certainly isn't the time consuming task to make your own vegies as so many people are seeming to think. We have three meals a day - I have to admit that I do used a purchased multigrain baby cereal for breakfast, but lunch and dinner are homemade. Try one of these for lunchtime fruits and vegies - the vegies will need to be cooked but the fruit you just pop in after peeling and chopping it up - so quick and easy... http://www.kaboodle.com/reviews/nuby-the...
There are several versions of the same food holder and they are just great. Good luck with your little one and hope it all goes well for you.

Kim - posted on 11/25/2009

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I plan on making my iwn baby food for my duaghter. I will probably also have a few jars of baby food on hand just in case. I think that for prep work with carrots-instead of buying whole carrots-I will buy the baby carrots-they are already peeled and just need to be steamed and/or boiled and then pureed. It will save a little time-which is helpful. I am all about finding easy solution to making homemade baby food.

Melody - posted on 11/25/2009

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I'm going to start soon in the process of buying all the supplies I was using organic but realized beechnut stage 1 foods are all pure with no additives so if its carrot's its carrot's and water or say bananas it just bananas and water...etc... I was watching a show on making baby food and they recommended the book Super Baby Food its recipes and advice on cooking baby food. Hope this helps and Good luck with whatever you choose.

Elisha - posted on 11/25/2009

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after i read your post i decided to give it a try and actually i find it very easy.. all i do is buy some veggies and fruits, and make up a few. I used about 3 carrots, peeled and diced them, then boil them and put them into a blender. Once puree put into an ice cube tray and let me freeze, once frozen but them in a baggie with the date u made them and what they are. They can be frozen up to 3 months. i have made 3 different kind at once so i have a choice of different food each night. one ice cube is one serving :) 3 carrots fill up a whole ice cube tray. I also made apples with 3 to fill up the tray, and a acorn squash fills the whole tray up... After one of those run out im making yams.. Its easy and much cheaper! Hope this helps, here is a website with recipes and how to list to make it.
http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/

Tracy - posted on 11/24/2009

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I've been making my son's baby food for a few weeks now and it seems really easy so far. We use either fresh or salt-free frozen vegetables. I've steamed some veggies in batches, tossed them into the food processor (adding water as necessary) and then frozen the food in ice cube trays. Then I just popped out the food cubes into labeled Ziplock baggies and stored them in the freezer. This is in preparation for quick dinners because I can just toss a couple of cubes into the microwave. I also have a baby food grinder (around 8 bucks new but I found ours at Goodwill) which comes in very handy. I just add some of the plain steamed veggies that I made for dinner, turn the hand crank, and out comes the baby food. The grinder comes apart and is easy to clean after use. It's only been three weeks, but so far making our own baby food seems very easy and reasonable.

Nyla - posted on 11/24/2009

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i've been told to ensure to start your baby on savories (mashed veges) instead of fruit otherwise they'll love the sweet food more and you'll never get them to eat veges.

Brea - posted on 11/24/2009

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Some times I wonder if I'm living on a 'perfect life' cloud or something, but I wonder when we all decided that the easy route is 'fine'! I work 50+ hours a week like everyone else, but I still find 30 minutes a week to make my baby food. I just dont understand it when people say it is too much trouble to cook for their INFANT.



For anyone that is debating doing this, remember that people that are fed fresh veggies and fruit as infants actually crave these foods as adults. Kids that are fed processed foods (organic or not) crave the texture and taste of processed foods. I'm not totally opposed to all jarred baby food, but personally, I think it is really important to ensure that fresh foods are in my house at all times, and I hope to ALWAYs find the time to serve unprocessed foods to my daughter and husband for at least one meal of the day.



BTW - since I'm already on a high horse, I want to remind everyone that I think cloth diapering is EASY as well. Way easier that fretting over who is going to go buy diapers every week or month. Washing/folding cloth diapers twice a week is only a :15 minute job and totally worth the effort.

Kristin - posted on 11/24/2009

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So far I've done mashed bananas (no prep needed) and canned apple sauce, pumpkin and tomato paste (the organic kind is just pure tomato). I'm making the other stuff. Right now, I have a system: I introduce a new food on Sundays and on Thursdays, and I prep everything on Sunday. All you have to do is steam, puree in the food processor and then freeze in ice cube trays. I buy cereal and the pureed stuff just b/c it's easier and cheaper than baby food but green beans, etc. are all home made.

Brianna - posted on 11/21/2009

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I have heard from different people to try orange veggies first then introduce your baby to green veggies and vice verse. What are you doing? I plan on starting my little girl on baby food at the beginning of December.

Natasha - posted on 11/21/2009

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its easy all you have to do is blend everything then freeze and get it out when hes hungry my little girls five mths and she loves eating soilds

Lee Anne - posted on 11/21/2009

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Go spend 30 bucks and get the mini cuisnart because its smaller it take 2 seconds to puree and so easy to clean. I boil or roast all the veggies and fruit and run them through the food processor. I fill ice cube trays and freeze them overnight. I promise it is so easy and I just do it while I am making dinner for me and my husband. He loves it and we are saving so much money. I would say just buy the rice cereal that is a lot of work. Feel free to message me if you have any specific questions. I am so glad I am doing it.

Jenelle - posted on 11/21/2009

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I don't think making your own baby food is very hard. My daughter's 5 months and she eats food at lunch and dinner. Usually at dinner I feed her off my plate. I don't put butter or milk in my sweet potatoes or use salt and pepper so it isn't bad for her. I try to eat when I'm feeding her so we can get used to eating at the same time. I noticed that a lot of families make two different meals every meal--one for their kids & one for them. That's too much work for me, so I'm getting her in the habit now, lol.

If you need time to make up a bunch of baby food, have grandma come over and play with the baby. Or aunt, or whoever. It'll give you some time to get things done.

Jennifer - posted on 11/19/2009

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They sell organic baby food in the grocery store. They actually taste better than your usual name brand baby food. I get the veggies and fruits for my baby.

Gemma - posted on 11/19/2009

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i startd with just mash and veg blended up i a blender put it tubs and in to freezer when u need it just take it owt nite b4 gradually start adding meats and stuff i used do them on a sunday found it sooo much easier.

Jennifer - posted on 11/19/2009

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I made some baby food and froze it in small containers. But I also use store bought. It is a lot of work to make it yourself but my son is really good and will entertain himself so I make it on the weekends when I am off work. As he gets older I plan on just grinding up whatever we are having for supper, so it won't take to much time and we will save money!! Good luck but don't feel bad if you can't find the time to do it!!

Eleisha - posted on 11/18/2009

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yes i do. It does take a lot of work, but i believe that it is worth it. Once a week, usually a friday, during my daughters sleep, i steam her veges sepeartely (atm - she has carrot, squash, brocoli, parsnip, potato, pumpkin and cauliflower) and then puree them (now she just has mashed). I then put them in to ice cube trays and cover them and label what each of them are. I make up about a weeks worth. Its very fiddly and annoying, but at least i know exactly what she is getting. I don't like giving her tinned food as i have heard that transitioning babies to "normal" food becomes difficult as the tinned stuff is quite sweet (as most have a base of tinned tomatoes - in OZ). For lunch I make it fresh each day by mashing fruit - avos banana, mango stonefruit, or i also stew apples and pears, and she has now started having home made yoghurt. While it is a fiddly process i highly recomend it. Good luck!!

PS I too have a fussy baby - she never lets me out of sight, and very rarely likes to entertain herself, so i do it when she is asleep!

Diane - posted on 11/18/2009

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my friend did it and she quit after a month. she's a stay at home mom. i'm a marine so i figure if she couldn't take doin it i didn't even wanna try

Melony - posted on 11/18/2009

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If yours is fussy, then you should probably just buy it, they do make organic, and it tastes good-yep I tasted it! It also is pretty affordable, I do mash up bananas and mine loves them, just the black old banana mess is something else, and the jar food doesn't do that.

Elisha - posted on 11/18/2009

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its very long process for a one day time. My cousin does, she just boils like carrots, smashes them than she freezes them in a ice cube tray, than when she wants to use it she just puts it in the mircowave. But she buys bananas cuz she cant get the right consistancy down.. just would take a full day of making a few batches,,, and you would be set.

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