making baby food

Christa - posted on 09/07/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Has anyone else stopped buying baby food and start making it at home? I actually make my own applesauce, bananas, and am trying to get blue berries down. for her meat we coot it separately and puree it so she can have some. it has actually saved some money and i didn't buy any special equipment, just a great masher and blender. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

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Melissa - posted on 10/06/2010

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I make all my own baby food. Keep it up, I think you are doing fine on your own. I freeze my food in ice cube trays then tranfer them to freezer bags.

Danielle - posted on 10/06/2010

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Olivia absolutely loves spaghetting bolognaise and pasta bake, she also likes chicken veg and sweet potato. I still buy the jar food just in case we are out for the day but what ever i cook us for dinner i will blitz some and freeze it she has such a variety of choice and i've also been told that the jar food isn't as good as they make out, it doesnt have as many nutrients as home cooking has

Jeanne Marie - posted on 10/05/2010

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I breastfeed, but we do one meal a day. I never introduce more than one new food per day, and we serve it that way 3-4 days in a row to be sure he has no allergic reaction to it, and we try to use all organic ingredients. We started with avocado mixed with brown sugar and goat's milk (he has had goat's milk and sugar before because he can't have formula), mangos, and bananas with brown sugar and cinnamon. Then we did mango and banana; blueberry with brown sugar, goat's milk, and banana; blueberry, raspberry, brown sugar, and goat's milk; and mango, lemon, brown sugar, and mint leaves. Whenever we do berries though, he push the mash through a fine mesh sieve in order to get out any seeds or skins that could stick in his throat.

Next week we are going to try some hot foods - baked apples, butternut squash, pumpkin, green beans.

User - posted on 09/13/2010

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I make all of my sons food too, and buy a few jars of organic baby food for emergencies when we are out and about. I found an awesome website that I refer to a lot, www.wholsomebabyfood.com. Its got recipes, when to introduce certain foods etc and its so helpful! I have an Avent steamer/blender in one and I make all of his food in it. I was steaming his food on the stove and then blending it but had so much washing up etc that I bought the steamer/blender and its great. Good on you for going home-made!

Julie - posted on 09/08/2010

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I make enough jars of food for three jars a day, so at least 21 jars a week. It takes a little over an hour to make the jars. (I work four days a week, so I do this on my day off.) One 16 oz bag of mix veggies makes about five jars a food. One bag costs $1.25, a jar of organic baby food – with preservatives - costs $1, you quickly add up the savings by making your own.

I also use fresh fruits and veggies too. I found that my 2 yr old son LOVES to eat his little brothers jar food, so I need to make a little extra for him to enjoy.

I recommend using a hand blender. This will come in handy when your baby is a toddler and you need to puree soup. My oldest son wouldn’t eat lentils and veggie soup, but when I pureed it and let him dip toast in it, he couldn’t get enough. Now I’m giving little guy lentil and veggie pureed soup.

One of my favorite sites for baby food - http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/

Hayley - posted on 09/08/2010

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I make all of my little one's main courses, I needed inspiration so bought an Annabel Carmel recipe book- one of the best buys i've made. She also has a website with some recipes for free. There is nothing that my daughter wont eat and she loves the stews and casseroles. Hope this helps x

Morgan - posted on 09/08/2010

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My Daughter LOVEs Avacado and Banana mashed together, it doesent freeze as well but she loves it

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Sounds like you are doing great on your own! Keep up the creativity. Cheers to you for making your own. It doesn't take that much extra effort and is so much more healthy for baby - you know exactly what is in the food. People don't realize how much extra fillers they have to put in processed food to preserve them. It isn't the best for baby or us. I hope you are buying organic or growing your own and washing everything. I have the Beaba babycook and love it. My little guy is breastfeeding 95% of the time but likes sweet potatoes, bananas & carrots. I have been giving him celery sticks, watermelon (in the mesh basket thing) and thick sliced red bell peppers to teeth on. With the bell pepper I have to watch him more closely b/c he will eventually gum it in half and of course I don't want him to chock.

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