Home Made Baby Food

by Wendy Copley on April 19, 2009

Home Made Baby Food

One of my greatest pleasures as a mother is feeding my kids. (Um, really? Who would have guessed?) Feeding my babies is a particular joy. I love introducing them to new foods and flavors because they’re just so receptive. They even make cute faces when they don’t like something!

I made almost all of Wyatt’s baby food myself and I’m doing the same for Augie. I don’t do anything fancy — I just steam veggies and then puree them with an immersion blender or the food processor. Sometimes I add a little water to thin it out. So far I’ve made big batches of sweet potato, parsnip, and butternut squash for Augie. After I get the puree made, I freeze it in ice cube trays and then later, I pop them out and store the frozen cubes in bags in the freezer. That way, I always have something on hand to give him. My favorite thing to do though is to puree any veggie side dishes the rest of us are eating for dinner (without butter or seasonings, of course — he’s too little for those just yet). I like for Augie to sit at the table with us and eat what we’re eating. I usually try to make a little extra when I do this, so I can make icy little food cubes out of these purees as well. I find broccoli and green beans work especially well for this.

I like making my own baby food for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I know exactly what my boy is eating. I can choose organic produce and I can be confident there aren’t any additives, fillers, artificial colors, or other chemicals in his food. It’s also significantly cheaper to make your own baby food than it is to buy it in jars. This chart over at wholesomebabyfood.com indicates that jarred food costs between 4-6 times more than making it at home! Yowza! It’s also easy. With my immersion blender, I can whip out a batch of baby food in less than a minute. Cleaning the blender takes even less time. And finally, I’m not collecting a million little baby food jars, or even piling them up in the the recycle bin so I’m reducing my carbon footprint and all that.

But what I love most is making something for my baby with care, with my own hands. And putting lots of love in every tiny little spoonful.

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  • I always made food for my babies too-for all the same reasons.

  • I always made food for my babies too-for all the same reasons.

  • Me too! I loved making baby food. It just felt good. 🙂

  • Me too! I loved making baby food. It just felt good. 🙂

  • Lisa G

    Gah! Supermoms abound! T got whatever NZ supermarkets had. Lots of kumara (Maori for sweet potato) and pumpkin (the kiwis eat it in EVERYTHING savory).

  • Lisa G

    Gah! Supermoms abound! T got whatever NZ supermarkets had. Lots of kumara (Maori for sweet potato) and pumpkin (the kiwis eat it in EVERYTHING savory).

  • I also tried my hand at babyfood. it was really hit or miss for me , I have been blessed with picky eaters. I just wanted to tell you I love the picture you snapped of the food, it is delightful and fresh and made me wish I had more success with it!

    Cheers!
    M

  • I also tried my hand at babyfood. it was really hit or miss for me , I have been blessed with picky eaters. I just wanted to tell you I love the picture you snapped of the food, it is delightful and fresh and made me wish I had more success with it!

    Cheers!
    M

  • Britta

    That sounds so great! My “baby” is 5 so I don’t think I’ll be making any soon, but I am curious. What do you do with the frozen food? Do you microwave it or let it thaw in the fridge? What do you do if you’re going to be out? I’ll be sure to remember this if I ever have another baby.

  • Britta

    That sounds so great! My “baby” is 5 so I don’t think I’ll be making any soon, but I am curious. What do you do with the frozen food? Do you microwave it or let it thaw in the fridge? What do you do if you’re going to be out? I’ll be sure to remember this if I ever have another baby.

  • Hi Britta — I typically thaw the cubes in the microwave — about 30 seconds per cube. I haven’t perfected a technique for taking the food with us. If I know exactly when we’ll be eating — say we’re going out the door to a restaurant, or to a friend’s house for lunch — I’ll thaw some right before we go and he can eat it immediately or we can refrigerate it when we get there. Otherwise, I just bring jarred baby food along.

  • Hi Britta — I typically thaw the cubes in the microwave — about 30 seconds per cube. I haven’t perfected a technique for taking the food with us. If I know exactly when we’ll be eating — say we’re going out the door to a restaurant, or to a friend’s house for lunch — I’ll thaw some right before we go and he can eat it immediately or we can refrigerate it when we get there. Otherwise, I just bring jarred baby food along.

  • Isis duo

    I am also doing the same, home made is the best, isn't it!

  • I am also doing the same, home made is the best, isn't it!

  • Good job Thank you for information, I'm looking for it

  • Your baby is so cute. I agree with made an own baby food is the best.

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  • Sokie

    Making baby food is fun.  My 8 month old loves japanese sweet potato, chicken with curry rice blends.  I have used a lot of spice to make up for the lack of salt.   Last week, I introduced her to lemongrass sauteed with ground pork blended with rice and veggies.  I think the more exotic flavors you introduced them to, the more likely they will become well-round eaters later in life.  Both my kids eat stuff that the average kids will turn their nose at all because it is the norm at our house.

  • OK, *I* want to come to your house and eat baby food. Yum!

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