homemade food for babies

Arlyn - posted on 01/19/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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are there mummies out there who are feeding thier 10month bubs with homemade foods? any tips on how do you make them?

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Amy Jo - posted on 01/19/2010

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I made all my sons foods from day one. I bought a book with ideas in it but all you really need to do is make any fruits or veggies and mash them up or puree them. Then I would put it into ice cube trays for later use. You can also then mix cubes together like carrots and sweet potatoes for a different flavor. As he got older I just cut them up small so he could pick it up with his fingers. He refused to eat any jar foods so I kinda got myself stuck making it after that. I never mashed up meats but I'm sure you can do that to. Now he is 3 and I still puree foods to mix into his mac & cheese so he gets his veggies. Hope this helps the book I got is "Top 100 Baby Purees", now I use "The Sneaky Chef" so he gets his veggies.

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Arlyn - posted on 01/19/2010

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Mommies, thanks a lot for your helpful replies. I will surely take each advice into account.. Thanks so much..

Vanessa - posted on 01/19/2010

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i started making my daughter homemade baby food at 4 months. i started with purees of peas, carrots, sweet potatoes, and string beans. i also pureed blueberries, apples, pears, and cantaloupe. at 10 months, i started making my daughter pastina. (the extremely small star pastas) i mixed it with carrots, squash, zucchini, and eggplant. i also used chicken broth. she is now 12 months and she still loves it. i would sometimes mix it with earths best jar food to give it some different flavors. almost like using the jarfood as different sauces. i saved all the babyfood jars to freeze individual sized portions of prepared foods so i could take it out as i needed it. hope that helps :)

Linda - posted on 01/19/2010

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I made baby food for my kids, it was years ago. Carrots and Squash are the easiest, just boil smash and freeze. Ice cube trays are great for portions. But they cant live on orange veggies alone, need the green and yellow. Those veggies need to be boiled, smashed and then strained (mashed through a strainer). It's a lot of work. Maybe they have new gadgets out there now for that. Fruits are fairly easy, bake to mush, apples ,pears, etc. Freeze in ice cube trays. Banana's just puree. The work to prepare baby food takes a lot of time. In the end though, your kid gets food that taste great, no preservatives, and you get piece of mind knowing what they actually are ingesting. I do not recommend doing this as a working mom, due to the time involved, but some of the foods you eat can be prepared this way. Good luck!!

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A little splash of lemon, lime, or orange juice mixed in will prevent the bananas from turning black.

Jennifer - posted on 01/19/2010

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by 10-11 months both of mine were moving on to table food, with first daughter i did attemtp making some of her foods but that was around 5-6 months old. she stopped wanting baby food at about 9-10. so i just prepared them modified versions of what we ate, or whatever else is in the house cut small. Kaitlyn ( my youngest ) is 11 months and only eats gerber toddler foods, and then whatever i make that we have here. no baby foods at all anymore.
If you want to make some though, get a food processor. basically you just pick the food you want and process it so its soft enough. fruits and veggies if you make them fresh you can put the food in ice cube trays and freeze. just not bananas they turn nasty.

Sarah - posted on 01/19/2010

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I bought a couple things with my first daughter and made her baby food from the day I started her on fruits and veggies. I bought the Beaba Babycook. Its a machine that does it all in one! You just chop up the food and put it in, then add the water. It steams the food, and then purees it too! The water from steaming the food can be used as juice for baby, and only one thing to clean up. Then as someone said earlier, freeze the food in icecube trays.

The only thing I don't like about the Babycook, is it's capacity. I wish you could steam more at once! It fills up just about an icecube tray. But it does a much better job at actually pureeing the food, i found that the food processor I had left too many chunks in the food...

Leron - posted on 01/19/2010

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Hi! It's so so easy! I made our babies all of their baby food. It's a very satifying feeling.



Just take whatever food you want-fruits or veggies. and steam it-either in the microwave or on the stove top until it's soft. Place in a blender or other food chopper, add a ladel full of the water from the steamed veggies and blend until it is the consistency you want. Add more water for a thinner puree, less water for thicker food. I personally like putting the pureed baby food in an ice cube tray to freeze and then place in plastic baggies or Tupperware containers. Tupperware has some great containers that are theperfect thickness and stack well in the freezer. Also the ice cube trays make 1 oz of food so it's easier to monitor and easier to give your baby a variety of food without having to open several different jars.



Apples come out about 4 cents per serving (1 oz). With my son I used frozen fruits and veggies which are cheaper. With my daughter who was born in June we planted a garden and almost everything was made into baby food for her.



Check out these two websites:

www.wholesomebabyfood.com for lots of good recipes.

www.my2.tupperware.com/lbierman look for freezer mate containers



I hope you have good luck. It takes a while but if you just workon it one big day it gets a lot done and will last you a while!

Yatska - posted on 01/19/2010

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i just 2 boiled a potato or smt and mixed it w the formula... squash is already creamy

Nancy - posted on 01/19/2010

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follow the lead of the retailers as far as textures. stage 1,2,
3, Puree, (like creamed potates), etc. then move up
Do all the foods like that. Don't season, except with just a
tad of butter. Nothing strong, (s&p) My mother in the 50'
actually chewed the food and fed us like little birds, and believe me, I am
very healthy. There is nothing like natural food. My girlfriends grandson has
fallen in love with pureed greenbeans!!! Rice pudding, and smushed bananas!
Good luck!

Hasmita - posted on 01/19/2010

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Hi My tinker is 11 months old - eats homemade food...



steam veg with chicken/fish etc and blend - don't make it completley pureed as your little one need to learn to chew.



Annabel Karman does a brill book for homecooked food.



You can adapt what your eating for your baby - dont add salt, spice etc...

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I cook just exactly like I always have, but I watch the salt. I don't salt anything I cook anymore, Daddy has to put his salt on by himself now. I tend to cook my rice a bit more so now it's softer and breaks up easy for the baby. My steamed vegetables have all been steamed a minute or two longer now, to make them softer. I like them with a little crunch left to them, but the baby can't grind that up. The potatoes seem to all be mashed these days...I just now realized I was doing that! LOL

Basically, I keep the baby in mind when I start dinner and I cook things longer so they are softer knowing he's eating too.

Courtney - posted on 01/19/2010

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its really not that hard.. if he is chewing..you can just boil carrots or pees .. if not just boil them and then put them in the blender and puree..

Laura - posted on 01/19/2010

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I did not know if I was going to keep it up, so we bought a cheap food processor from Walgreens. I would cook the veggies, and then process them. I would take some out to feed him that day, the rest I would put in icecube trays and freeze them (it is about an ounce each). When I wanted to use it, I would take it out and microwave it to get it ready (but you have to stir it very good and make sure it is heated all the way, but not to hot before you give it to them). This worked perfect for us. Except for peas. The hulls of the green peas do not process well, and I had to push it through a strainer. Everything else worked like a charm. It was much cheaper than jar food and I knew what was going into it. I did not bother with meats, those I bought.

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