Home made baby food

Jaimie - posted on 12/14/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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any one have suggestions on home made baby food? any secrets or tips? I'm thinking about making it myself to save money and to make it organic too.

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Samantha - posted on 12/15/2009

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With my first one, I did as some people have suggested here and froze veggies that I had mashed up (in an ice cube tray). I found that I often didn't use them up quickly enough. With the second one, I would basically feed her whatever we were having. You can cook up your veggies, and leave a few in the water for a bit longer to make them softer and then either blend/puree them or just mash them through a strainer. It means they have fresher stuff, and mashing them through a strainer instead of pureeing them means they're not completely smooth and makes the transition to more solid food easier. It keeps things simple and economical. I found that I was less prone to use jar baby food with my second one than with my first one, because it was so easy to just set aside a bit of whatever I was making before adding spices. You can do the same thing with rice and most any foods.

Erika - posted on 12/15/2009

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I had thought about making baby food for my daughter, but my cousin told me that she felt like she ended up spending more money. She said she just used a regular blender, so you don't need to buy a baby food processor. I decided that I'm just going to buy Earth's Best jars instead of making it. I hope it works for you!

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Stefie - posted on 12/15/2009

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Munchkin makes a baby food grinder that we used. It is nice because you can make small amounts you will use. I like to freeze some in ice cube trays to portion it out. This way you can defrost as much as you need at once.
My process was: Cook up food in boiling water or steam(starting off each thing separate, then combining flavors as she got older), throw in food processor or baby food grinder, portion out for meal or two in fridge and put the rest in the freezer in ice cube trays, put frozen food into zip lock bags as soon as frozen (keeps room in freezer).
Other tips: you don't need to cook fruit, it gets soft from grinding
- frozen fruit bars are great for toddlers teething (my daughter eats them almost every day) and a great way to make fruit easier for toddlers, I use long water bottle trays and cut into coin size slices so it is easy for little fingers
- As child is older and introduced to new foods you can just grind food when you sit down to eat.
- You can add in beans for good fiber and protein- they are easy to mush

September - posted on 12/14/2009

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I regularly make baby food for my little guy. I actually use the frozen vegetables because they are considered fresher that produce purchased in a store. Check out www.wholesomebabyfood.com for some recipes and tips. I also incorporated brown rice and whole grain pasta to provide variety. And I use no sugar added apple sauce and no sugar-added canned pears for convenience -- I found they have less sugar than the name-brand baby food.

Brittany - posted on 12/14/2009

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Small food processors work the best but a blender works as well. We're making my sons food as well. Also, organic can be pricey and I don't remember which it was but either American Baby or Parents magazine did an article on organic foods and they made a list of the fruits and veggies that have the most pesticides used on them, you might want to think about restricting it to that list to save yourself some money. My son's favorite so far has been butternut squash. We cut it in half and baked it on 350 degrees (Fahrenheit) for about a half hour or more (basically until soft) we then pureed it with the blender. We've also tried wax beans but he's REALLY not a big fan of them at all.

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Fiona-louise - posted on 12/27/2009

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Hi Jaimie, My little girl was weaned at 12 weeks as she was a very hungry baby!! i make all of her food at home an have been using the Annabel Karmel, Complete baby an toddler meal planner, it is a fantastic book with lots of nutritional advice!! I would also recommed her website, annabelkarmel.com. My daughter loves the receipes, her favourites are trio of root veg an braised beef with sweet potato!! hope this helps!!

Ana Marta - posted on 12/21/2009

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I cook all my daughter's food and I use recipes from this website:

http://www.annabelkarmel.com/recipes



Instead of cooking immediately everything and ending up with a lot of cooked food that the baby will take a long time to eat... I clean and cut the vegetables, cook part of them and the rest I freeze immediately. The part I cook, after making it into a puree (I use a hand-blender or a fork... depending on the consistency I want) and after cooling, I freeze it in ice-cube trays. When frozen I keep them in boxes in the freezer with the date and content on the lid. Every night I take out what I need for the next day and let it defrost in the fridge.

Because the veggies and food are frozen all separately I can make different combinations everyday!

Malissa - posted on 12/20/2009

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We make our own baby food and it's really easy and a lot cheaper (we've done the math) plus it tastes better that store bought (I know because I try everything I feed my son, that's hoe I found out I like squash lol). This is a really good site, it's full of recipes, tips and advice. I got it from a fellow mom and I love it.
http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/index.h...
Hope it helps, happy cooking!

Brooke - posted on 12/19/2009

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So easy to do. My mom gave me a mini food processor she got at walmart for about ten bucks and you just cook the food, whip it up in the food processor (adding water a little at a time) and freeze it in ice cube trays, then transfer to labeled ziploc bags when it's frozen. Take out as many as you need for a meal. You can even mix a cube of one vegetable with another one to thaw to make your own creations. Or thaw out a cube of fruit to mix in with baby cereal. You really don't need to make large batches. Go for smaller quantity, higher variety and you'll be good.

Melissa - posted on 12/17/2009

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I did homemade baby food for my daughter and I loved it (so did she) she wouldn't even eat what came out of a jar. They recommend you use fresh or frozen foods NOT canned. Cook it till its mushy then puree and put in ice cube trays. Waalaahh! Then i put it in ziploc freezer bags. I made my stuff a little runnier cuz after freezing it seemed to be thicker. Some foods don't have to be cooked, bananas, avacados, ... you can always just do some research, just Google it! O and don't be afraid to try exotic foods! we tried mango, avacado, zucchini, eggplant, and other out of the ordinary foods in the first couple of months after starting... even her pediatrician was surprised by what she had all eaten and he said not only was it safe but excellent to add the variety in her diet.

Danielle - posted on 12/17/2009

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I would buy canned veggies and fruit.... I would rinse with water and strain. I would then put in blender or food processor... put in ice cube trays. Then when it was feeding time I would pop a few out into a dish, warm up in the microwave and feed. Easy as that!! All 3 of my kids were fed this way. Once they get a bit older and u want to introduce table food to them I would blend food we would have for dinner and freeze as well. For instance if u are having roast... mashed potatoes, and a veggie.... Blend all together and you have your own meals for ur baby just like the jar dinners. I believe it works great and they get introduced to a variety of flavors and I have learned that they will eventually eat everything when they get older. My kids are not picky at all. Home made food has so much more taste as well,, my kids would gag if I ever tried to feed them jar food. :) hope it helps.. Just be sure when u introduce the foods only feed them one thing at a time for a week to see if they have an allergic reaction to the foods, so its easier to break down what they might be allergic to.

Callinda - posted on 12/17/2009

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I always gave my babies some of what we were eating that night, and I pureed it up for them. So I would make sure something in our family dinner was suitable for them and I would just do one of our vegetables for them at the start and then work up to two and then all of them with the meat eventually and just slowly move from pureed to mashed to lumpy.

Jenny - posted on 12/16/2009

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My husband actually made all of our baby food for our two children. He steamed fresh veggies and pureed them with breast milk, poured it into ice cubes trays and then popped out a couple for meals. It was so simple and so good for them. They are 13 and 10 today and love their veggies.

Kari - posted on 12/15/2009

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I made all of my daughters baby food. Very easy . . . I used this website for everything. www.wholesomebabyfood.com
Hope if helps.

Krista - posted on 12/14/2009

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I have a mini-food processor that i used to make my own baby food for both of my kids, that way i didn't end up making WAYYY too much. I was able to either steam or microwave steam anything that i wanted to make and then i froze it in either ice-cube trays or popsicle trays. Once they were frozen i would pop them out of the trays and into labeled ziploc baggies. You can feed your kid a good meal with more than one food in a matter of the 30 seconds it takes to defrost it in the microwave!!! Definitely the way to go. If we were going somewhere else for a meal i could just grab a couple of frozen items and put them in a ziploc or a bowl with a lid and they wouldn't need to be refrigerated and they were usually thawed enough to eat in time. Have fun with it, make veggie mixes, it's so easy to make a great variety of foods and even be able to slip in a little bit of meat protein under the radar ;)

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I fed my daughter home made baby food. I just steamed up some veggies or fruit until they were very soft. Then put them in my food processor (adding small amounts of the water that the veggies were cooked in until it was the right consistancy). I had a friend of mine who was jar feeding save some jars for me, and used them to store the food. I made quite a few variations of things and froze them in the jars (after they have cooled of course). I did the same with fruits (except banana, which I just smooshed with a fork just before feeding).

It was very economical since we alreay had the fruits/veggies on hand, plus my daughter got used to eating what our family eats - made her less picky as she got older.

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