Making homemade baby food

Noelle - posted on 11/09/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I am thinking about attempting to make homemade baby food. I was wondering what has worked/hasn't worked for other moms. ie, type of blender, types of fruits/veggies, storage.

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Melaina - posted on 11/10/2009

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Kristi had a lot of great suggestions, but remember that all babies are ready at different stages. I do agree, breastfed is best for as long as possible (unfortunately for me that was only until 5 months, when I got sick and dried up against all my best efforts not too). My son was also ready for solid foods at 4 months! It was so early that I was really worried about it, but I talked to my doctor about it and she agreed, but told me to try keeping him on only cereals until 6 months. We knew he was ready because he would just feed and feed and feed and still be hungry (if bottle fed, he would eat up to 11 ounces, throw up because he was too full of fluid, but still be hungry!). And he was already trying to grab food from people's plates. So onto cereal he went, just at dinner first, and gradually at other times during the day. Rice is best to start with, but be careful using just rice alone for too long as it can cause bad constipation. He started on home-made fruits and veggies at 6 months. I used the website www.wholesomebabyfood.com for mine, and it was a wonderful reference! It has all the information you could possibly need about feeding baby. Good luck!

Kelly - posted on 11/09/2009

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My daughter is 6 months old and I have just started making her baby food. I am using the Baby Cook. It is a food steamer and blender all in one. I love it...you can cook and puree the food all with one appliance. You can get it at William-Sonoma for $150 and I think at Babies R Us. The price is high but it is worth it in my eyes since I am spending less time in the kitchen and more time with my daughter and she is getting fresh fruits & veggies. Good luck!

Kristi - posted on 11/09/2009

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Hi Noelle - I have two kids ages almost 6 years and 19 months. I am happy to say that neither of them has ever had a spoonful of anything in the "baby" aisle from a grocery store. Gerber just isn't part of our lives because I don't like the idea of preservatives and extra sugar, salt, etc. in their diets, especially as young babies! I have friends that have made baby food in the blender from whole foods and then just poured the contents into ice cube trays so they could have serving sizes ready to go. It worked for them nicely, but I am kind of lazy, and also of the opinion that I didn't want to feed them anything that I wouldn't want to eat... and baby food just always looked and smelled so gross to me! Even homemade... So here is what I did. I breastfed them exclusively as long as I possibly could. My first daughter didn't even want to try solids until she was 8 or 9 months old. You can use the test of placing a little food on the tongue and if they push it back out, not ready yet. Ignore well-meaning grandmas that go on and on about sleeping through the night by loading up formula and breastmilk with rice cereal and all that junk. It not only doesn't really work, but it sets up babies for allergies - REALLY! Wait until those little hands are just grabbing at your food. Then you know they are ready! Rice is supposed to be the most digestible thing to start with. We just skipped cereal type stuff and waited until they could eat whatever we were eating. At first, to make sure the food is not going to choke them, I used one of those little nets on the end of a plastic ring holder. Great invention! They are sold at most big baby retailers like Babies R Us. You can put anything in it - meat, fish, veggies, fruit, whatever. The baby sucks on the netting and gets the flavors and textures of the foods you are eating. It works really well with steamed veggies, pasta, rice and ground meats. When they got older, I'd keep a pair of kitchen scissors (buy three or four pairs of cheap ones and throw them in the dishwasher) near my plate and a little baby size dish. I just use the scissors to cut up tiny little slivers of whatever I was eating. Start with baby fingernail size bites and let them work their way up. By this time they will have developed that cute little pincher grip and will love practicing picking things up. This was always a nice way to do things because I didn't have to do any extra preparation, there is no extra garbage or packaging, and I know baby isn't being fed a bunch of additives that are always in the jars and prepackaged "meals". There is no harm in waiting. Most moms just get antsy and bored with the same routine of feeding and feel like they have to give them SOMETHING other than mom's milk. So not true! Make it easy on yourself by waiting as long as possible... then just give them whole, healthy foods. I remember someone once told me to try the less sweet/salty things first, and then the other items or baby would only eat the sweet/salty. This also seemed to be good advice and worked well for me. Have fun and good luck!

Casey - posted on 11/09/2009

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My little man is only three months old, so of course we're not to this stage yet, but my sister has a 10 month old son and she makes her own baby food. She uses a little blender called the Magic Bullet. I think you can find it at Wal-Mart and it's on www.amazon.com



I have a KitchenAid stand mixer I'm planning to use, and it has a few recipes that came with the instruction manuel. My sister began with Avocados and he loved them. If you google "baby's first foods" there are several sites that have guidelines on what foods to introduce at what stage. As for storage, my sister found these great trays for freezing baby food in perfect portions at www.babiesrus.com They actually have several products that are useful when making your own baby food.



Additionally, there may be a group on here devoted to mom's who make their own baby food, but I know for sure there is a community on www.babycenter.com Hope that helps! Good luck!

Noelle - posted on 11/09/2009

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yeah, we have a blender ( a wedding gift - so it's nothing special) but not sure if it will work the same as the recommended Magic Bullet, but I have hesitated due to cost.

Jennifer - posted on 11/09/2009

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i would also like to know about this. i have heard using the blender and putting the food in a ice cube holder and take what you need out and warm it up. i have not tried this yet because i do not have a blender at this time.

Hayley - posted on 11/09/2009

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my son likes mashed potato with a bit of his chicken flavour baby food mixed in with it. its quick and easy!

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