Do any of you make your own baby food? And what did you use when you started to feed your baby?

Nicole - posted on 07/03/2009 ( 31 moms have responded )

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I want to start making my own baby food and just wanted some advice from those of you who do it too. I just have no idea what foods to start with. Thanks!

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Rebekah - posted on 07/07/2009

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I made my own food. I would steam veggies and fruits until they were soft and mushy. Then I'd grind them up with a little bit of water and place them in ice cube trays. To start out try single ingredients and wait a few days before introducing a new one to make sure your baby doesn't react. Easy veggies and fruits to start out with are peas, green beans, avocado, squash, sweet potato, carrots, apples, peaches, pears, bananas (don't have to steam these, just grind), etc. Once my son got onto these and was eating them good, then I gave him meats and pastas and added in other stuff. Then mixed them together.

Michelle - posted on 07/03/2009

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all u need is something to mash or a blender and some cooked veggies or fruit... it's EASY start with things like banana check out www.wholesomebabyfood.com they give a list of foods for each age

Bridget - posted on 07/04/2009

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Get then book "Feed Me I'm Yours" it has recipes and for all kinds of things. It is great!

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Jessica - posted on 09/02/2012

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I cooked carrots really really soft and crush it up, bananna crushed that up Apple i would cook and crush that up

Paige - posted on 07/07/2009

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I just steam extra veggies when cooking for my partner and I, blend them up, adding a tiny bit of water. I have noticed that if she sees us eating it then she is more interested. But i am a little worried because i am having trouble getting her to eat solids. I've introduced her to potatoe, bannanas, apple, pumpkin, carrot, avocado and tried that baby rice stuff. She just pulls faces, only once has she really been into it and that was when her grnadpa gave her pumpkin from his own veggie garden, she was screaming at her dad because he wasnt shoveling it into her mouth fast enough. She watches us eat and is facinated by it. But yeah, hopefully it will all fall into place!

Nicole - posted on 07/07/2009

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I have made all of Phoebe's food. I used bananas, potatoes, avocado, and squashes for her first foods. I would puree them then mix them with breastmilk when introducing a new item. As far as cooking, I would steam the veggies then puree them. The banana and avocado require no cooking and they are so easy to mash. Mango is another good first food. Once baby can have stawberries you can make a "baby icecream"- puree strawberries with a bit of cottage cheese then freeze for a while. It is a great summer treat.

Kristina - posted on 07/07/2009

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Blend up the food, and pour into ice cube trays to freeze. Once frozen, dump the individual servings into a freezer bag and/or baby food jars :) Good luck! (My son hates my home-made food, so I haven't done it lately, but it's fun!)

Elizabeth - posted on 07/07/2009

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I didn't make my own baby food, but I'm thinking about it for baby #2. I bought a lot of organic baby food. I started with vegetables. Carrots, then squash, then sweet potatoes, then peas, then green beans. Then I moved on to the fruits. Start with single ingredient foods and wait at least 3 days before introducing a new food in case of an allergy.

Amanda - posted on 07/06/2009

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I make my own food, my daughter is almost 8 months so I make her all kinds of recipes. She loves eggplant, chicken, and potatoe and right before I blend I add a tsp of olive oil. I cut little chunks of chicken and wrap them in saran wrap then freeze them so when I want to make her something with chicken I just take the little chuck pop it in the Beaba (baby food maker) with the veggies and its ready to go. I believe you can give food flavor with herbs and olive oil maybe a tiny bit of butter. SOme people don't believe in this but think about children in different cultures that don't have packaged baby food their moms feed them local goods and stuff that they eat themselves. I think its great to make your own food it helps keep ur baby away from all those preservatives.

Mel - posted on 07/06/2009

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just puree the food such as pumpkin, sweet potato, apples, pears, carots, things like that either seprate or together, add things like cream or unsalted butter if you like, get it to a good consistency, freeze it in ice cube trays, then after frozen put into snap lock bags, defrost as many as you need in the microwave for feeds

Megan - posted on 07/06/2009

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I made food for my older daughter and plan to do the same for my younger daughter when its time. I sarted out with rice cereal and then slowly introduced cooked, pureed vegetables: butternut squash, acorn squash, sweet potatoes, homemade applesauce, carrots, peas, bananas, peaches, cauliflower, green beans, avacados... etc. You can use a blender, a food processor, whatever, to puree it and then I just froze them in ice cube trays and bagged them up when they were frozen. Then you have a bunch on hand to microwave whenever you need them. I have pretty much just given her whatever we were eating and I think it has paid off! She is almost 3 now and she is NOT a picky eater at all! She loves everything and is always willing to try new foods.

Kayleigh - posted on 07/06/2009

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also when introducing a new food give it to the baby in the afternoon so that you can watch for allergies, if baby has an unexpected allergic reaction you want to be awake to react to it. and only introduce one type of food at a time. so if u want to start with potato then use potato for a few days and then you can give potato and carrots next. that way you know what foods the baby reacts well too and what ones they don't. My brother was highly allergic to alot of foods and nobody else in our family has allergies. So Please be careful. And wait a few years before introducing Strawberries and Nuts

Kayleigh - posted on 07/06/2009

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Use Veggies First, Giving a baby fruit first gives them a sweet tooth, So try to wait on the fruit as long as possible in order for the baby to appreciate the natural sweetness from the veggies

Erin - posted on 07/04/2009

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Avocado and banana are good first foods - easy to mash and don't need cooking. Also try pureed sweet potatoes, carrots, apples, pears, squash - if you steam or boil them you can add some of the water back when you're pureeing to get it to a nice smooth consistency (and put back any of the flavour or nutrients).
Just make sure you only start one new food at a time, and leave at least 3 days in between each new introduction.
Once baby has accepted a variety of fruits and veggies you can start making more complex purees. There's lots of books and websites with recipes for inspiration.

Nancy - posted on 07/04/2009

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How old is your baby? Generaly, you start with cereales, rice or barley, then oat. After, you continue with veggies like carrot, zuccini. Always start with 5 ml then 15 ml of each. Intriduce a new thing every 3 days minimum. Like this, you can verify food allergies. After cereals and vegetables, introduce fruits (apple, pear, peach, banana) then meat (lamb, turkey, chicken). Contact me if you have more questions.

Katrina - posted on 07/04/2009

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Hi, i tried my lil boy tonight with sweet potato and he loved it, also cooked some carrot and froze along with the sweet potato. In the day - mid-morn i give him apple & banana piuree and he also loves that.

Lucy - posted on 07/04/2009

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I plan to make my own baby food when Amelia is ready for solids and have read that carrots, sweet potato, butternut squash and avocado are good first foods to try.

Laura - posted on 07/03/2009

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yes ma'am..i used to make my own baby food..the best thing for ur baby is fresh fruits and veggies from the garden or produce section. all u need is a blender/food processor whichever u prefer. steam ur veggies and hard fruits (apples) when cooked to just about soft let them cool for about 20min and then slice up and stick into blender with some yogurt for fruit and for veggies i put in some cooked meats ( or if vegan use tofu). use the mildest tasting foods first like bananas, apples, pears, plums, even the nasty ones like prunes..look at the store for stage 1 baby foods..thats how i planned out my foods.

Missy - posted on 07/03/2009

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hi! regarding ur question about making baby food...I hade twin girls....I was fortunate to breast fefor like 8-9 months, then Ibegan making them home made food... I used a blender, and made differnt meals, like one, i used most greens, such as green beans,collards, broccoli, spinich, carrots, potatoes, and I think i might of put corn? but i blended that up, then used an ice cube tray to freeze cubes of food, so a i had to do was pop out 1-2 cubes warm it up, and we were set to go. also, made spaghetti, same thing w/the ice cubes, and chicken noodle soup.... I remember the girls loved all of it, not to mention it was super healthy. The girls were small babies, and extremely healthy...and still r thin, but i did notice they gained a little weight, maybe 1-2 pounds, which was a quick gain for them, so my only suggestion would be to watch that...other wise i reccend home meood.

Angie - posted on 07/03/2009

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Hi! I made my own baby food when my daughter started eating solids. I bought organic produce, cooked it, then put it into a food processor, then poured it into ice trays. Once frozen you can put the ice cubes into the freezer bags that you can air seal (can't remember the name) and they stay good in the freezer for up to 3-6 months I think. I spent a whole day making all of my food and didn't really have to buy her any baby food until she started eating what we were eating.

This is the website that I got all of my info and recipes from

http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/

Mary - posted on 07/03/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

I started with vegetables first then fruit as i found when they get used to the sweet taste of fruit its hard to get them to eat veg. Once i cooked them i just used a hend blender, let them cool, put them into ice cube trays to freeze in the freezer. Once frozen you can empty them into food bags and make up big batches. That way u can just take out a couple of cubes at a time then start adding other veg together or fruit together.



i do the same thing. i put it in the ice trays make sit so much easier

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Frozen and fresh veggies and fruit. Puried in food processer. Saves lots of money, because we just gave him things we already were purchasing!

Nicole - posted on 07/03/2009

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I also make my son's baby food. For the amount he eats, it's way cheaper than buying jar food! So far he's had sweet potatoes, peas, lima beans, carrots, apples, bananas, pears, prunes,blueberries, and green beans. I peel, chop, and boil most things then run them through the blender. Except for bananas. Ripe bananas can just go in the blender. The only thing about making food for me is I can't get the green beans the right texture and he won't eat them so I buy them jarred. I have a book called Blender Baby Food and it has lots of recipes and meal plans.

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i boiled apple with just water!
this juice can use for drink and baby can eat apple as well :)))
because if you boiled apple it make more sweet and soft. you can mush with spoon!!
so you can mix with another food as well.
also its very easy. you just need one apple and water. thats it!!!
how much water or how long need boil... etc ....as you like :)))

Rachel - posted on 07/03/2009

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With Dan, (my 11year old) I started with some pureed veg, mixed with a bit of breast milk (formula works too). With Nathan, (my baby) he helped himself to some orange and so as well as offering him stuff he can chew and have fun with, he's now getting pureed veg or fruit - sweet potato, butternut squash, cauliflower, pear and mango, apple and banana. Also, muller little stars yoghurts are fab with some pureed fruit added!!

Sarah - posted on 07/03/2009

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I started with vegetables first then fruit as i found when they get used to the sweet taste of fruit its hard to get them to eat veg. Once i cooked them i just used a hend blender, let them cool, put them into ice cube trays to freeze in the freezer. Once frozen you can empty them into food bags and make up big batches. That way u can just take out a couple of cubes at a time then start adding other veg together or fruit together.

Nicole - posted on 07/03/2009

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thanks for the suggestions!! we have tried carrots and apples so far...love the faces she makes when she gets a new flavor!!

Abby - posted on 07/03/2009

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i made and make all my son's food! mashed carrot, sweet potato, potato. all those time of things to begin with and make things lumpier! and gradually add new things in x

Abby - posted on 07/03/2009

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i made and make all my son's food! mashed carrot, sweet potato, potato. all those time of things to begin with and make things lumpier! and gradually add new things in x

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