Does anyone have any advice on making your own baby food or if you use organic food.

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Danja - posted on 10/30/2009

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I make my daughters baby food, I use some organic and some not. It's very easy, but I don't recommend just pureeing whatever you're having, the salt content in our food can be bad for the baby. I make bulk amounts, and then freeze it ice cube trays, and then transfer to ziploc bags. There are some great tips and recipes in First Meals by Annabel Karmel

Nicole - posted on 10/30/2009

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Hi...my sister used to make her own baby food. She would get fresh veggies from the grocery store, cut them up, steam them and then put them in a food processor to puree them. Then she would pour the puree into ice trays, freeze them and once frozen, pop them out and put them in to freezer bags. When it was time to cook it, put on or two cubes in the microwave until warm and mix a little rice ceral with it. Her son loved it! :) Hope that helps!

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Julie - posted on 10/31/2009

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I make my own food its easy I got the coolest baby food maker steams and purees the food all in one Beaba Babycook Baby Food Maker this thing is great there is also a great cook book called Superbaby food that I love.

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I would definitely recommend making your own baby food! It's easy and fun! I made 100% of my twins food at home. I highly recommend the book First Meals that is referenced below -- it is the best reference out there and there are some awesome recipes! Making your own baby food allows you to have a greater variety of foods and is much less costly than buying jarred food, even if you use organic foods! It was a little intimidating to start at first but well worth it. I used the recipes in the book, would puree the food, and then would pour the food into glass baby food jars my friends collected and gave to me. I then froze the jars. MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE SPACE AT THE TOP FOR THE FOOD TO EXPAND WHEN IT FREEZES! The day before I would need them, I would pull the jars out of the freezer and put them in the fridge -- then they would be defrosted by the next day for use. I would also mash up bananas and avocado and other fresh fruits and give to it my twins fresh.

Lee - posted on 10/31/2009

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I used to make baby food. It really is fairly easy. Choose organic or not. Wash and ready your fruit or veggies. Peel, slice and steam them. Eight puree them in a food processor, or for an older baby - mash them with your potato masher. Freeze in serving size portions. Making large batches of favorites is worth the work. A hand operated baby food grinder is a big help also. Hope you try it.

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Morgan - posted on 10/31/2009

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I know it's quite easy.. but they do have a recipe book for baby food online at Walmart! It's nice to have it handy...

Sylvaine - posted on 10/31/2009

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Hey Kate,

I actually only feed my baby organic foods and meats. As for making your own baby food all you have to do is boil or steam (steaming is better because it keeps in most of the vitamins from the fruit or vegetable vs. boiling them ) have a blender handy or a masher and add a bit of water to create your desired baby food consistency. I got a Magic Bullet at my baby shower and that works awesome too. As for meat, boil it down till the meat is cooked right through, add some broth to the meat and blend till its smooth and gradually make it thicker depending on the age of your child. Remember you can always freeze the leftovers if you have made to much.

Also if you don't have the time to make your baby's food, definitely go with some organic brands like, My Organic baby, Earths Best and even Henz has organic cereals and actual organic meals too. I hope you have all the info you need and good luck! xo.

User - posted on 10/31/2009

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Most fruits can be mushed & given immediately. Try one friut at a time to see if there are any food allergies. Strawberry is a friut that alot of kids seem to react to, but they tend to grow out of it by about 1 yr old. I bought a electric steamer & steamed most vegies, meat & fish. Mixed with whatever milk he was having (breast or formula). Try these combos after you are sure there are no allergies: avacado & banana, lentils & steamed leeks.



As for organic it is your call really. They say that the chemicals in non organic foods are harder for a baby to break down and like with us adults the chamicals can build up within the body (liver ect.). We tend to tolerate it better but with babies it builds up faster but will be eventually broken down. I did use some organic foods for the first year but afterwards switched to regular foods. Go to the health food store as find out which foods have the most chemicals used on them and which absorb chemicals more and buy those organic if that is what you are concerned about. Otherwise regular fruit & vegies are fine, there are thousands of healthy poeple eating those foods every day.

Amelia Ann - posted on 10/31/2009

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With my girls I would just cook the same vegetables and meats that we ate, blend food, and freeze them in ice trays, pop out when needed and warm in microwave . I did start the girls out with what was considered the first foods that you can buy. As far as cereals I gave my girls farina or cream of wheat. They both have turned out to be beautiful young women.

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Please avoid using a microwave for your baby's food. It takes out any nutritional value and defeats the purpose of using fresh or organic.

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Bananas can be peeled and frozen wrapping them in aluminum foil. They make great things for a teething child to munch on to help with the pain of sore gums and whatever they eat (since you peel and freeze it only when it is very ripe) is healthy.

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Years ago in the late 1970's there was an item available called a table baby food grinder. It was small, portable and easy to clean and could be used at a restaurant or at home for small quantities of food. For larger amounts use a blender and put the cooked blended food into ice cube trays and freeze popping the frozen food out and placing it in freezer zip lock bags for latter use. Label the bags with the name of the food - peas, carrots, whatever and put a date on it. These can be placed in an egg poaching pan to heat and serve at a later time. And no baby food jars to deal with. Plus you know what's in your baby's food. Fresh veggies.

Andrea - posted on 10/31/2009

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I highly recommend the book Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron. It was my food Bible and I gift it to all of my new mom friends. It includes recipes, menus, cost and time saving measures, month to month charts on what foods to introduce and when, and LOTS of nutrition information. I loved learning how to make a homemade porridge with ground grains, beans, nuts, nutritional yeast and more - and my super picky son loved it.

Gretchen - posted on 10/30/2009

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mash soft avacado. bake a sweet potato mash it and freeze it in ice cube tray. same with peas boil until soft and then smash them! I didn't use cereal that is just a filler and makes the baby fat. I breast fed until she was 18 months. mash bananna 2 that is good. then I would boil chicken then put it in chopper or blender then serve it!!1

Desirae - posted on 10/30/2009

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I agree with the others - soft fruit like pears and bananas don't have to be cooked/pureed, they can be mashed and used fresh. Apples are best steamed. You don't have to add anything - but if the puree is a little thick you can add water to it to thin it out a little. I preferred to freeze it while fairly thick then thaw it in the microwave or refrigerator and mix with rice cereal (or baby oatmeal as she got a little older) and thin with baby's milk or a little water if needed.



Steaming foods is pretty easy - but if you want you can also buy the steamer bags of frozen veggies in the store (like peas, green beans), then puree.



Sweet potatoes can be baked then mashed or pureed (once your little one gets a little older you can mash the foods instead of pureeing them to get the baby used to more texture - like when they are ready for stage 2 foods etc.)



Freezing is a great way to go - if you need to go out you can stick a couple cubes in a small bowl with a lid or tupperware and take it with you.

Danja - posted on 10/30/2009

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Banana has to be used fresh, it can't be frozen. I just steam whatever it is, then blend and add some breastmilk or formula for first solids (you don't need to thin it for stage 2 foods) And then maybe some baby rice cereal just to get the consistency right. I really recommend getting a book though, there are a few things like bananas, avocados, and some others that can't be stored. For a banana I just mush up the banana, and thin with the baby's milk if needed!

Kate - posted on 10/30/2009

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i agree. so did you just puree like whole foods (ex: a banana)?? and did you add anything in with the food?? how long can you keep it in the freezer for??

Claire - posted on 10/30/2009

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Yes, I also did the same, I put meat it with it too, pureed the lot. Anything that we were having, the little man was having too! I didn't particularly use organic food.

Jennifer - posted on 10/30/2009

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i used to make my daughter her own baby food with the food the rest of us eat. i just put in the blender or food processor. just go light on the salt.

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