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Thaleia - posted on 12/31/2009

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I made more of my 1st child's food than my 2nd. Now with a 3rd due I will probably do more via canning and veggie swapping with friends who have gardens. I put a non-electric hand-mill on my baby registry so we can puree food on the go easily or in case we are out and our little one has a growth spurt. When I was pregnant with the 1st I drove by a local city park that had a HUGE pear tree with pears all over the ground. I brought 3-5 large bags of pears to my moms and we canned those for baby food. I had gotten 18 lbs of squash and we canned that as well and used for a few nieces as well. I plan on doing more container gardening this year since our dog has a tendency to potty wherever he choices, but am checking local store now for clearance pots from last season. My 7 and 5 1/2 yr. olds love to garden and will help with the planting:)

Stephanie - posted on 01/02/2010

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I made it when mine was eating baby food...it is sooo easy, and MUCH cheaper and healthier--I knew exactly what my child was eating! I froze mine in ice cube trays, and then put them in freezer bags...SUCH a time saver!

Michelle - posted on 12/30/2009

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I made all my children's baby food. It was easy and so much cheaper. I just cooked, blended, put in ice cube trays, freeze, and the final step put in ziploc baggies and put in freezer. When I was traveling I had some little plastic bowls with lids and by the time it my child was ready to eat it was thawed and room temperature. I used also blend up the rice, oats, and such. Fortunately, I didn't have to do for super long since my children wanted actual table food and when they were old enough I started letting them eat some a little at a time with baby food and then all table food.

Emmalene - posted on 12/30/2009

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I have a child with egg and cashew nut allergies, we didnt find out till he was 15mths but I made most of my boys food. Just pureed till smooth and smooshed it into ice cube trays then into containers like a little factory. most times they ate what we had just wizzed up to a smooth paste. I also fed the boys soy yoghurt and soften millet, they LOVED that and still do. But only started that when they had teeth.

Best tip I have though is always give them veggies on their plate, even if they dont like it cause one day they might try it and love it. We have always done that and it has paid off, we have no troubles and they eat almost any food.

Rhianna - posted on 12/30/2009

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i make all my own baby foods. my son has super sensitive skin and the preservatives and acids tat are in the jors used to make him break out in a horrible rash. it has since gotten better with age, but i still make allhis food. its so much easier. i freeze everything in an ice cube tray and then store it in a ziplock bag. makes it easy for mixing and matching!

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Beverley - posted on 09/28/2012

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Back in 1970s % 80s I nursed by babies until 18 or 16 months. I grew my own veggies & some fruit. Nursed exclusively until 9 months, then started feeding smashed-well food one at a time from the table. Veggies then fruit & finally some soft meats by a year. I always cooked to al dente without salt. (Then added a little salt last few minutes for adults & older children)Took some out before adding salt (or sugar to fruits) for babies to cook alone to finish and smashed well & put into ice cube trays & then into borrowed sanitized baby food jars & re-froze. We didn't have ZIP LOCK plastic sandwich bags back then, just open fold ones. None of my children have food allergies. They all thrived. My daughters do the same with just a few canned baby food jars as they worked full time. They are now stay-at-home moms & are back to making their own. I am a proponante. Also do not immunize 4 or 6 shots at a time. I wait & space out shots over long period of time. They finished up by school age. No std type shots! Happy great- grandma, Nana,Mamie, Mother with all healthy progenators! :))

Beverley - posted on 09/28/2012

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Back in 1970s % 80s I nursed by babies until 18 or 16 months. I grew my own veggies & some fruit. Nursed exclusively until 9 months, then started feeding smashed-well food one at a time from the table. Veggies then fruit & finally some soft meats by a year. I always cooked to al dente without salt. (Then added a little salt last few minutes for adults & older children)Took some out for babies to cook alone to finish and smashed well & put into ice cube trays & then into borrowed sanitized baby food jars & re-froze. We didn't have ZIP LOCK plastic sandwich bags back then, just open fold ones. None of my children have food allergies. They all thrived. My daughters do the same with just a few canned baby food jars as they worked full time. They are now stay-at-home moms & are back to making their own. I am a proponante. Also do not immunize 4 or 6 shots at a time. I wait & space out shots over long period of time. They finished up by school age. No std type shots! Happy great- grandma, Nana,Mamie, Mother with all healthy progenators! :))

Rachelle - posted on 02/05/2010

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I never gave my kids canned or jar baby food. its nasty! when they were old enough i smashed the food up with a fork and they ate it. much taister, healthier, nad less expencive!

Sheree - posted on 01/27/2010

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I make everything myself. I dont like the thought of giving my daughter something from a jar or can. It take me 1/2 every fortnight to make 14 dinner meals for her and i make her lunch each day when she is almost ready for it. Most nights now she is just eating what we eat for dinner. Recently she has had, a roast with roast vegies, apricot chicken, meat loaf, chicken fettuccine, lamb chops, pork. Is is 7 months old and loves her solids.

Amy - posted on 01/11/2010

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I make most of mine from scratch. I live in North Western Montana so during the winter I don't have access to all the fruits and stuff so I have to buy the store ones, but my son won't eat store bought veggi's, he will only eat the ones I make at home. I steam them and use my blender.

Rachel - posted on 01/05/2010

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Stephanie we make most of my son's food but one rule of thumb I always used was if I tryed it and it tasted nasty I wouldn't feed it to him. we have some jarred food but it is the Beachnut brand and has no preservatives or added sugar or salt. anything we make for him has no added salt because we don't cook with salt (my husband has high blood pressure). I think all kids should have a variety and our son eats food I don't care for but that is good for us (like strawberrys, blueberries, etc. that I never aquired a taste for) he loves them and has a wide range of taste. I'm glad I make him try a little bit of everything because I don't want him to be picky but I do want him to be healthy.

Fauzia - posted on 01/05/2010

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i use to make the baby food myself. Mashed banana's, pureed apples, powered pulses mixed with milk and processed butter, mutton bone soup mixed with rice and pureed, half boiled eggs are great from the 7th month.

Leilani - posted on 01/05/2010

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Quoting Stephanie:

How many Mom Make there own Baby Food?




I always made my baby's food with Organic Vegetables...Simple and easy. I used the Magic Bullet and then put 2 tbs in a snack zippie and frooze them....The best thing I did for my Babies besides everything else.

Vicky - posted on 01/04/2010

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I make my babies food. I puree root vegies for him once a week. I also make him apples and pears for his dessert. the only thing I add is some biscuits into his apples and pears as I find it gets to watery without. I have found a lot of books that help with what to feed your baby when and how to prepare food for your baby and toddler. If you need any help then please contact me and I will help however I can.

Pattie - posted on 01/03/2010

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I have made all my own baby foods. In the beginning I mostly made pureed fruits and veggies. Now that my daughter is 7 months I just puree whatever we're having for supper - even things with stronger flavours. I had originally bought a food processor but what a pain to drag out at each meal! I just bought a $15 hand blender at Walmart and it works great! It purees things perfectly. I make sure foods have a little more texture for her now. I make a little extra for lunch the next day. I'm also cutting up small pieces of soft fruits and putting them on her tray. She loves to get her own food. Making your own baby food is really not more work. It's just a matter of incorporating it into your routine!

Arcelia - posted on 01/03/2010

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i bought my baby food,but mostly just fruits since they were to small to chew on a banana or apple but besides that i would make them soups and blend them in the blender.

Danielle - posted on 01/03/2010

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i make mine from scratch!!!!!!!!!! lol it's cheaper and a lot healthier (time consuming though) and it has been proven that babies who receive food without added sugars and whatnot are at much less risk for things like obesity, heart problems, etc.

Amber - posted on 01/02/2010

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I did as much as I could. I got a nice steamer and would make homemade apple sauce, veggies and meats. It was a lot more work, but I've never had a problem getting her to eat.

Tennille - posted on 01/02/2010

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i always gave my baby whatever we ate pureed for the first month then mashed after that now he is nearly 10 months we just chop it up. brought baby food is full of preservitives and every thing else. i wouldnt eat meat in a can, as i dont beleive it should be in a can so i would never expect my son to.

Raine - posted on 01/02/2010

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When my baby gets old enough I will be making his own food. I already got a baby food processor but a blender works just as well or like the other mom's here do, just to mash it up.

Ruhi - posted on 01/02/2010

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I do....its really simple...give your child apple stew, just steam it, boiled and mashed veggies, grinded fruitsetc..all the best..

Mandy - posted on 01/02/2010

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i made my own and never did pureed food. my son wouldnt eat it. i bought a jar once while out and he spat it out.

Cleo - posted on 01/02/2010

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I didn't do so all the time with my first but I plan to do it more often for my youngest after she's born because I feel it to be a lot more healthier for her to have homemade baby food vs. the store bought baby food. I mean please don't think that I'm saying that the store bought food is very unhealthy or terrible because I don't believe it to be but I'm willing to try something new with this one and especially if it's a tad bit more healthy:-)

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I made all off of my own baby food when my boys were young. Most of the time they just ate what we were having. I set some aside before any spices were added and either pureed or mashed it. I did make some ahead of time for those times that I wasn't comfortable with them having what we were having (say it was pizza and wings night - healthy, I know!). I found freezing food in silicone muffin tins made more sense. Each "puck" was enough for a meal, opposed to 3-4 cubes.

Gwen - posted on 01/02/2010

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I made my own baby food except when we were traveling. I read the book "Super Baby Food" by Ruth Yaron. I cooked peas and butternut squash and sweet potatoes and then pureed and froze them in ice cube trays. I also pureed avocado (add lemon juice) and froze them as well. It saved me a ton of money and I felt much better about what I was feeding my babies. I had 3 children and made my own baby food for all 3.

Amy - posted on 01/02/2010

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i've never "made"baby food. but have one of those mesh bags that you can put food in and have used a baby food grinder [7 dollars at good ole walmart]. that way i know he's eating the healthy foods we are and who knows what's in the foods in the jar. they sure don't smell as appetizing as homemade meals! :) I have bought baby foods in the larger plastic containers to use the containers though! I get the fruit ones and my daughter and son shared it [daughter is 3, son is 8 months]. My son pretty much eats small soft pieces of table food now. it's so much easier to me.

Melissa - posted on 01/02/2010

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I do not yet but when he is six months old I will be. My oldest sister feeds her son by making her own foods and it is much cheaper for you.

Jackie - posted on 01/02/2010

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I didn't buy baby food and I didn't "make" baby food. My children ate what we were eating. Of course this was all within reason. The 6 month old wasn't eating steak but they were eating mashed up, unseasoned, unbuttered veggies. It was just so much simpler and more logical to set aside some veggies *and meat as they got older* for them. And I made sure to have enough for lunch the next day. If you wait until 6 months to start soilds; they are so quickly onto finger foods you don't even need to buy jarred baby food! I only ever bought one box of rice/oatmeal cereal too.

Jane - posted on 01/01/2010

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So easy and so much cheaper to make your own. I don't find it to be a hassle at all.

Denise - posted on 01/01/2010

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I make my own food for my son, Nico and he loves it. It make me feel good too because I know its the best for him. Its time consuming and sometimes I feel like I run out of new things to make, but its worth it. Keep up the good work Steph!!!

Callinda - posted on 01/01/2010

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Quoting Cindy:

I would love to make my own baby food for my baby boy but I can't afford it. Dont have a puree thing to puree the fruit or vegatables.



Hi Cindy



There is no need to have any sort of blender or anything to puree baby food. Just either mash it and push it through a sieve (which you can get for about $2!).



It is definately cheaper to make it yourself as you can just give him some of your dinner each night mashed, and small amounts of fruit, etc at other times.

Eleisha - posted on 01/01/2010

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Quoting Cindy:

I would love to make my own baby food for my baby boy but I can't afford it. Dont have a puree thing to puree the fruit or vegatables.


 



I am in Australia, and while fruit and veges are quite expensive, I find it cheaper to make my own; also, I don't have a puree thing either, I have only ever mashed Ava's veges.

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We made our own using a Moulinex which is a manual strainer that will get the food really finely pureed. We used some organic baby food in emergencies but primarily it was own own home-made food. Have you ever actually tasted the baby foods from the shop - they mostly taste terrible...not sure why, but they don't taste like real food.

Niki - posted on 01/01/2010

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I made the kids' food. With the twins, it was easier and cheaper because of how much of the jarred food cost. With the last baby, it was just habit, and very easy because I was home. I did buy jarred peaches for them to try, in case we needed to use pre-made baby food, but the twins refused to eat it. When I gave them the fresh pureed peaches for the next bite, they both ate them (and peaches were a new food, so they didn't have anything to compare it to).

Cindy - posted on 01/01/2010

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I would love to make my own baby food for my baby boy but I can't afford it. Dont have a puree thing to puree the fruit or vegatables.

Nicole - posted on 01/01/2010

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I do. John, my 5month old son does not like the bottled baby food that we get in the shop, so i will take out a little veg out of the pot before i put in the spices or i'll steam some veg and fruit and bottle it and put it in the fridge or freezer.

Kristina - posted on 01/01/2010

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My husband was very excited about feeding our babies food. He felt it was his was to bond with each of them. My son is now 3 and my daughter is 8 months. He hated the jar stuff and bought the cookbook "Blender Baby Foods" and we purchased a Kidco Baby Food Mill. The cookbook is geared for use in a blender or food processor. The food mill can be used with about anything you make. We love the mill because put food from our dinner into it and grind it up for Abby. She loves it. My husband always raved about this mill ever since my son was a baby. We don't have to make any special food for the baby, we just use the mill and our food.

Callinda - posted on 01/01/2010

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I have always made all my childrens baby food and they have grown up to be really great eaters as older children. I just makes sense, because you can just give them a small amount of the family meal to begin with (eg one pureed vegetable) and them build on it as they get older so eventually everyone is eating the same!



My sisters in law have all used canned foods and never cooked themselves and none of their kids (aged between 5 & 15) will touch vegies or healthy foods now - not sure if it is a coincidence or not, but I wonder it canned foods are a lot blander and the exact consistency in each can, etc so they dont become as adventurous as eaters

Rikki - posted on 01/01/2010

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my son is only 3 months old but when he is eating food i fully intend to make all his meals myself not only because he will be eating organic but also so i know exactaly whats in it and how fresh it is :)

Eleisha - posted on 01/01/2010

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I make all of my own baby food too, and I wouldn't want to do itt any other way!

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Quoting Nicolene:

I mash fruit, bananas, pears, berries. I use baby food, more convenient for my life style, but I would like to feed him regular table food, however I don't know whether the spices/salt/pepper is good for him.


Babies can have spices but I wouldn't recommend salt. My son is a year and he still hardly ever has salt. I never add it to his food. He just has it when it's in things like cheese. Just keep what you give to your baby a little more on the plain side than what you're eating, but by all means give him some of what you're having for dinner. My son has had things with curry since he was about 7 or 8 months. He had cinnamon in some oatmeal pretty early on too. If your baby is/was breastfed then he has already kind of had a taste of the spices that you eat anyways. And it's great to introduce them to a wide variety of flavours.

Nicolene - posted on 12/31/2009

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I mash fruit, bananas, pears, berries. I use baby food, more convenient for my life style, but I would like to feed him regular table food, however I don't know whether the spices/salt/pepper is good for him.

Kim - posted on 12/31/2009

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I made my own baby food for my daughter but I kept it pretty simple, just the fruit or veggie. When she got to stage 2, (with meat), I bought her food. It was pretty easy once I got into a routine. You don't need all that fancy equipment they try to sell you. You just need food, a blender, water, ice cube trays, and saran wrap or sandwich baggies. I bought the frozen veggies you steam in the bag (w/no additives or preservatives). I steamed the veggies as instructed on the package, poured them into the blender with water and pureed it. Once it was pureed enough, pour it into the ice cube trays and freeze for 24 hours. Then take it out and wrap each cube up in the baggie or saran wrap and put it back into the freezer until ready to eat. Each cube is about 1 oz, take out what you need, and thaw in the microwave for about 20 secs or so! It was so easy!

Maria - posted on 12/31/2009

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Yup. I always made mine. My grandmother did it for her children and grandchildren. It's easy and GREAT!

Brittany - posted on 12/31/2009

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I've always made my daughter's food. She's had the commercial stuff a time or two when we were traveling, but she hated it. I think it's because she prefers herbs and spices in her food. She has a very broad palate and will eat just about anything. She loves some curry chicken (she's 14mos). I am so grateful she's not a picky eater!

Crystal - posted on 12/31/2009

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With my first child i bought the baby food already made..due to I never had time to make my own becuase of work/school. But I am pregnant again with my second child. And done with school and not working due to my husband thinks its best if i do the stay at home mom thing. So this time i plan on making my own baby food. And im pretty excited about it.

Dawn - posted on 12/31/2009

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me, he eats what we eat - there's no need to puree food after 6 months and if it works for you it's soooo much easier.

dxx

Atsuko - posted on 12/30/2009

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I usually make my daughter's meal from scratch. Though now she can pretty much eat anything we eat, we sometime go out to eat too.

Delicia - posted on 12/30/2009

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I used to make my own baby food. It was very easy, just bought a hand blender and it would whip up anything. My baby loved it. Most of the time he ate what we ate if it wasnt to spicy.

Lacey - posted on 12/30/2009

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I make my own baby food. It just smells better and looks better. I have tried the canned baby food myself and the home made food taste so much better. I started giving her baby food at 5 months and only bought 5 jars then decided I would rather make my own. I'm actually getting ready to make her pears today. She has never had pears yet!

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