Is it bad NOT to give my baby home-made baby food?

Jenchyi - posted on 07/17/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Starting to feel bad not making baby food for my 8M boy.... but I just don't have time... (lame excuse I know) Is it better to feed baby homemade baby food?

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Kristi - posted on 07/22/2009

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Wow Regina ... 2 teenagers and an 8 month old ... that's a handful!!!

Abbey - posted on 07/28/2009

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The jarred food has pretty basic ingredients, you can recognize everything in it, so I feel they will offer more variety than I would. There are no preservatives, which is why you have to use it so fast or whatever. Honestly, we all barely have time to feed ourselves let alone start cooking for the baby.

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Kylie - posted on 07/25/2009

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I think if any food is safe that you're not making yourself, it's jarred baby food. Look at the ingredients. If you have peas, the ingredients include 'peas'. Did someone tell you differently? I think it's perfectly safe to give a baby jarred baby food.

Kirsty - posted on 07/24/2009

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I do what my son likes. He likes tinend custards, but he likes our food more. It doesn't take anymore time to feed him as I let him eat whole bits with his hands. But if we are eating something he can't eat (steak) or curry or whatever, I give him canned food. Really though, it is your child, and as long as you are happy with the nutrition your child is getting then that is all that matters.

Michelle - posted on 07/23/2009

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dont feel bad i would of given my son jars except he doesnt like any mashed up foods and will only eat things he can hold so he eats our food now u should do wot is best for u and ur baby and no one has a rite 2 judge u i hate those mums who look down on u for not doing certain thing like making ur own baby food and also for not breastfeeding and things like that!!

Regina - posted on 07/22/2009

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Kristi, it's not as crazy as it sounds...The big boys are 14&15. The little guy is 8 months. I never thought after the first two I would have a baby so many years later....I'm loving every minute of it!

Regina - posted on 07/22/2009

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Don't feel bad. If you make it or buy it already made. Just feed the little guy. My little one never even had baby-food. He went straight to table food and we got grief from that. I say do what works for you and your baby and don't worry about what everyone else thinks. Every baby is different. Have fun and good luck! Don't blink because he will be grown before you know it. What type of food he ate in the begining won't even matter! We have two teenagers and an 8 month old...

Vanessa - posted on 07/19/2009

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I always seem to get paranoid too about this - I have given in to giving my almost 8mth old twins jarred baby food too - I started making home made - but unfortuantely it just got more and more time consuming the more complicated the recipes got -adding meat and stocks etc - and believe me time is something I don't have allot of with also having a 11 yr old with special needs - so I started giving them jars - they don't seem fussed at all - either way - you have to do what suits you and not feel bad about it as long as your baby is loved, happy and warm thats all that matters.. I'm sure it gets easier when you can begin to mash down dinners you are making for yourself and maybe you could if you wanted give them mashed fruit and veg which easier for breakfast/ lunch and maybe a jar for dinner if it makes you feel better? There is far to much hype on whether jars or homemade is best the same with breat and bottle - you know whats best for your child and don't let anyone tell you different! ;o)

Susan - posted on 07/19/2009

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I had thought that I was going to do a lot of my own cooking/making food... but after my parents had come and gone when they visited in May when my LO was ready for food, I found that I just don't have the time to do this. We did make up some chicken, beef, carrots, and squash... but he was not interested in the meat portions. I always forget to take it out of the freezer too... soooooo.. I'm big on the jar food. I think once he gets older if will be easier because he will just eat what we eat (unfortunately that means my hubby and I have to change our eating a little LOL) but for now jar.. I will try to get more organic stuff but really...as long as they eat a variety and not just one thing what can we complain about :)

Danielle - posted on 07/19/2009

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Thank you for posting this. It's nice to know that there are others out there who don't grow their own carrots and then make them into baby food. We buy most of the babies foods. But we also have a baby food processor because I use it sometimes to introduce table food that they otherwise could not have.

Kristi - posted on 07/18/2009

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My son doesn't really like my attempts at "homemade" baby food. He's so funny that way. He likes a lot of things that I buy in the jars at the store, and I actually find it easier to try the things they make in the jars at the store, then, if I have time, try them at home.

Don't feel bad because you don't have the time to make your babies food at home. I think my time is better spent WITH my son and my husband, than with making food ... when my son is old enough to eat our meals, he will, but for now, while he is trying to get used to real food, he will get the jarred stuff. I would never do anything to intentionally hurt my son, and go out of my way to help him!

Heather - posted on 07/18/2009

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I give my baby jar food 98% of the time. When I have the extra time I'll give her mashed bananas or veggies. My daughter really doesnt care for baby food to much anyway!

Cathelijn - posted on 07/18/2009

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OMG I hope not!! My daughter gets jarred baby food and sometimes she gets table food depending on how much time we have or where we are.. I made the food myself a few times but most of times she gets jarred food.. Soon they will be eating normal food anyway so don't worry!!

Kylie - posted on 07/17/2009

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There's nothing wrong with jar bought baby food. Its nutritious and safe. I buy it sometimes and sometimes i make my own. My son actually prefers the jar food. You can buy organic natural baby food from the freezer section which is just as good if not better than home made. I stay away from the jarred custards and baby chocolate they have sugar, eggs and cows milk in them which isn't so great for babies tummies at this age. Don't feel bad!

Chandra - posted on 07/17/2009

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I sure as **** hope not - I have no intention of doing that for numerous reasons (heavy on the "time" reason). You gotta' do what's best for you and your family in terms of ease, schedules, time, and everything else - my sister did all home-made stuff for hers but she didn't buy organic products, so how is that any better???? Don't let THEM make you feel bad - us normal ones need to stick together! =)

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