Making our own baby food...any tips for me?

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Posted: 11/17/2012 8:27:30 PM
My little guy is almost ready for baby food and I'm considering making my own. Any tips for me or websites or books that you recommend?


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Posted: 11/17/2012 8:31:54 PM
No need for recipes or books... just blend up whatever you're eating. Or just mash it up. I used to make extras of certain vegetables -- sweet potatoes, peas, and carrots were my ds's favorites -- blend, then freeze in ice cube trays. Then I could pop one out for meals.




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Posted: 11/17/2012 8:39:51 PM
I made my own and loved doing it! Get some good ice trays, steamer, good blender and freezer ziplock bags. I would steam, cook or puree the food, freeze it and than pop it out and put a bunch in a labeled bag. It worked beautifully and was SO much cheaper and healthier. If you have a library I would suggest going there to check out some books and that way you don't have to buy them. I just went to the library or read some of the books at the store and took notes. If you have any specific questions let me know and I will try to answer.

Baby food

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Style Berry Blog post on baby food

Eco Crazy Mom post on homemade baby food

Another blog post on baby food

Homemade baby food recipes


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Posted: 11/17/2012 8:43:20 PM
I can't remember the website exactly but I think it was something like wholesomebabyfood.com . I used it for both of my kids.
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Posted: 11/17/2012 8:45:01 PM
I made my own for my youngest. I used any fresh vegetable or fruit. Steamed and used the magic bullet (not the baby one, just the regular). Once she was ready for meats I did the same with what we were eating.


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Posted: 11/17/2012 8:50:20 PM
The only thing I remember is that you should stick with jarred carrots because of potentially high nitrate levels.


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Posted: 11/17/2012 8:55:51 PM
We threw steamed veggies into a food processor and added water until the consistency was where it needed to be. Then poured in ice cube trays and then freezer bags. Then we would package into little baby bowls with lids as we needed them and stuck them in the fridge to thaw. That way we could take them out with us or to daycare or for dinner at home, etc.

Cereals--we just did the boxed cereals, fruits--we did a lot of applesauce or banana or mashed canned fruit, but meats we bought jarred (beans we just mashed). So I guess we just halfway did it, but with both of us working FT, Sunday afternoons were when we had time, and I felt good about what we did. I enjoyed it, too, pretty simple.


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Posted: 11/17/2012 9:40:17 PM
thanks ya'll...i've looked at several of the websites and I have plenty to get started. I was making it harder than it needs to be, go figure!

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Posted: 11/17/2012 10:53:58 PM
It has been years since I did this, but I just bought a very small electric chopper thing that was just like a food processor only smaller. I think it holds about a cup or so and I bought it at WM. It was very inexpensive and we still have it. I would just put a few green beans (or whatever) that I had cooked for the rest of us for dinner in the chopper with some water, hit the button and in less than a minute, baby food! The bowl part and cutter went in the dishwasher so clean up was easy too. Sometimes I would mix a wetter veggie with the meat once she could have meat. I did use some jars of baby food when we were out and about though. The nice thing is you can puree it a lot at first and then go chunkier once they are a little older.

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Posted: 11/18/2012 12:48:28 AM
I did all my own baby food as well. Amazon has a ton of baby food recipe books that I used. One tip that I read was to use your breast milk or formula to thin the veggies and add a small pat of butter. The fat helps your baby absorb 99% more of the nutrients. It worked, he always turned his nose up at regular baby food.

Don't be afraid to use all different kinds of fruits/veggies. Some of his favorites were carrots, parsnips and sweet potatoes. I roasted butternut squash and put a little cinnamon on it. He loved that

I used a food processor and froze them in ice cube trays. Much easier for making large batches. I put them in ziplock bags and labeled them.

He also loved beets (fresh not canned) swirled with potatoes. I could go on and on with his favorites. I also added my own meats. I used ground turkey, beef or chicken and boiled it in water and food processed it then added it to veggies like corn and sweet potato or whatever. Don't be afraid to add some spices. My little guy loves cinnamon on things.
Also try an avocado as your babies first food. It is the perfect first food with the texture and fat content. And as long as you don't use the water the carrots are boiled in the nitrate levels are fine. If you have any ?'s feel free to pea mail me.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 6:40:53 AM
I used to cook and liquidize vegetables and put them in ice cube containers and freeze them too. Just remember not to add salt when you make baby food.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 8:12:54 AM

No need for recipes or books... just blend up whatever you're eating. Or just mash it up. I used to make extras of certain vegetables -- sweet potatoes, peas, and carrots were my ds's favorites -- blend, then freeze in ice cube trays. Then I could pop one out for meals.



Exactly. I worked as a pediatric nurse for 5 years. The doc I worked fcr said that if your child couldn't chew a food at it's normal cooked consistancy, then he or she wasn't ready for that food. Pureed baby food at an early age decreases the appetite for breast milk/formula-which is what young babies need.
Her approach was breast milk (or formula) ONLY until baby started showing an interest in what the rest of the family was eating. At that point, mash up some of whatever you are eating (barring spicey foods, allergy prone foods, etc) and give baby s bite or two. Only one food at a time to start. No need for highly processed jars or fancy equipment.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 2:09:52 PM
I liked to roast vegetables to bring out the flavor. I even did a roasted pear sauce that was definitely a favorite. (for applesauce I just used unsweetened from Costco)

I've always kept it pretty simple. At 6 months they would get a veggie at dinner time and then pretty soon they were interested in feeding themselves some of what we were having. I never tried making meats - just too gross and they could feed themselves roast/chicken breast/etc within 2 or 3 months.

I also never did the baby cereals. Around 9 months I would make regular oatmeal with quick oats and water it down a little more. I also liked using the frozen fruit cubes to cool it off.

None of mine ever liked avocado, which is recommended as a first food. I did blend some in with fruits sometimes for the healthy fats.


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Posted: 11/18/2012 2:44:11 PM
Keep it simple!

All you need is a baby food grinder like this. At mealtime, just take it to the table with you. Take a couple of spoons of your (baby acceptable) food, and grind it up by turning the crank.

Feed your baby! Easy, no mess, nutritious - and your baby will LOVE eating what the "big people" eat!
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