Making own baby food
Renee - posted on 02/04/2009
Hooray for wholesomebabyfood.com! I'm on that site almost daily. Another fun site is weelicious.com.
My food processor is my best friend when it comes to making baby food. I have days where I make batches of food and stuff everything in the freezer - that way it's ready to go on my busy days and I just have to defrost.
The two food items that I have not made for Baby are applesauce and yogurt. I found some organic, single ingredient applesauce from Trader Joe's that is just WAY more convenient than making my own!
Don't try making your own rice cereal - what a pain and a waste of time!!!! I was okay with buying rice cereal for a while. Now that my baby is on to chunkier foods, I just put some cooked brown rice in the food processor with some other veggies and make a nice chunky combo for him and he loves it.
Alicia - posted on 02/04/2009
I make most of the fruits and veggies and I thought I would never feed my son jarred meat but it turns out he likes it! Of course, he really will eat anything so that might not be saying much for the meats.
As for the issue with peas, I have the same problem (green beans too). My son does not like the texture, so what I do is mix them with other things. I often mix two cubes of carrots with one cube of peas. As long as the peas/beans are over powered by something else he eats them. I know it is just that he doesn't like my homemade peas, because he has no problem w/ the jarred ones.
I"ve made my own food. I used www.wholesomebaby.com as my resource and 101 Best Baby Puree's by Annabel Karmell. I started off with single ingredient purees...then moved on to multi ingredient purees. These recipes usually make 4-5 servings which I freeze in ice cube trays. They are easy to defrost in a bottle/baby food warmer.
Liz - posted on 02/02/2009
I make my own baby food as well..my baby is almost 9 months old now. i make her vegetable soups and am starting to use chicken broth...she has had beed soup but i only use a little bit of the meat as i find it is hard for her to digest. I usally make enough soup for 2 days so i dont need to freeze it and then start off with a fresh soup. Her favourite is butternut squash soup. In the beginning i puree'd everything..but the doctor advised me to only puree things that are haed to mash like peas or the meats..but for carrots and potatoes to try just mashing it with a fork so they start getting used to some chunks in their food. I think making ur own food is the best way to go!! i was told that when babies are on baby food it is harder to transition them into "real food" anyways, so i am happy making my own. You know urself, exactly what u put it , and that its healthy for them. Also it alows u to modify the food if something is it in that is not agreeing with them. Good luck! need any recipe ideas contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org (very old email) glad to help
Traci - posted on 12/29/2008
A book that was recommended to me by a veteran homemade babyfood maker friend was "Super Baby Food." It is excellent and had a good program for introducing the right foods in the right order. It has lots of recipes and nutrition information.
Coraly - posted on 12/29/2008
Hi. I also make my own baby food. I had to for my first daughter who is 4 years old already because when it was time for her to eat purees she did not like the can baby food. The doctor told me to try making my own and it worked. I bought a book called Petite Apetite. Great Receipes! It's my bible. I have a 7 month old and I have continued to make baby food using this cookbook.
Heather - posted on 12/29/2008
Thanks for posting this question, I have just started doing fruits and veggies on my own and was beginning to wonder about meats...but in the area of veggies I was wondering if anyone has tips on getting peas to mash well, mine always end up so chunky because of the skins (I don't have a strainer) :( Thanks
Lauren - posted on 12/29/2008
I make my own baby food. To make the meat, just boil a little chicken breast (or turkey) until cooked. Puree it with water until it's the right consistency. Then mix it with veggies (or fruit). Add water or more veggies until it's the perfect texture.
Sarah - posted on 12/28/2008
I have made a lot of veggies for my daughter. I steam what I can and puree it and freeze them in ice cube trays. I then transfer the cubes into labelled ziploc bags in the freezer with the veggie name and date made on the bag. I bought store brand baby chicken food and almost chocked when I smelled it. I am going to try steamng the chicken and doing it up for my girl.
Amanda - posted on 12/28/2008
I also make all of my daughter's food and use the wholesome baby food website and a book by William-Sonoma. I have not done meat yet, just fruits and veggies and yogurt (but the yogurt I didn't make myself!). I read that you can buy ground turkey/chicken, saute it, then puree it. good luck!
I am making some of my own food. I've done carrots, sweet potatoes and squash for veggies - just steamed and then pureed. I've also boiled chicken and blended it with some of the cooking water. I mixed it with applesauce to feed it to Matthew and he loved it. Once the applesauce was in it, I made it about the same consistency as his cereal. I've also made some fish (cod), but he hasn't tried it yet. I like the wholesomebabyfood website too.
I've tried making my own food. I also use wholesomebaby.com. It's a great site. The only problem I've found is that my baby has been incredibly gassy. Do you think this is because I'm steaming fresh veggies, or because he's just adjusting. He's almost 7 months (on the 30th).
Victoria - posted on 12/27/2008
hey i make all my babies food as i know exactly whats gone into it and i know there is no added salt or fat etc, and if you can get your hands on any book by Annabel Karmel then do so they are fantastic books and she is a mother or 3 so she knows what she is talking about. also they are more of a guideline and help you to make descions rather than tell you when to do this and that etc.
it can be abit more work at times but if you get ice cube trays you can make up food and freeze it and just take a cube out as and when you need it. hope that helps goofd luck
Nancee - posted on 12/26/2008
I make all of my own baby food. I got this amazing machine called 'Babycook' from William Sonoma. It cooks, purees and defrosts all in one machine!...But when making meats I usually boil it in water with veggies ( carrots, etc...) and it makes a broth while it cooks the meat...usually take a couple of hours to simmer for the meat to become really soft.
Hope this helps! My son loves it!
Carolyn - posted on 12/23/2008
I do make my own food -- but just for fruit and veggies. By the time I have fed my babies meat, they are old enough to eat tiny chunks. I just use my mini-chopper (because I don't have a food processor!) to blend up the cooked veggies with some water and then freeze them in ice cube trays for easy serving sizes. It takes time, but I feel better feeding them stuff that doesn't have preservatives if I can help it!
Hope this helps! Good luck!
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