Did you hate feeding your baby the commercial baby food?

United States
June 12, 2008 11:45am CST
Did you ever taste the baby food and think that it tasted gross? When my daughter was just learning to eat food, I had to feed her the commercial baby food. I hated that stuff and so did she. I wanted to make homemade baby food, but didn't know how. I know there's a technique. She hated that commercial stuff. We tried all the brands and she didn't like any of them. I always made sure to test taste some of the food to see if it was good. And, often the jar baby food would taste nasty or too sweet. So, I didn't feed her that. I hated having to feed my baby that stuff, cause it tasted so bad. As a mom who likes to cook, I always taste my food before serving it. I can't say the same thing for baby food manufacturers. Did your baby like certain baby foods that tasted strange to you? How do you make homemade baby food that a baby can digest? Would love some tips on this one. Thanks!
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12 responses
• Philippines
12 Jun 08
my daughter never like commercial food too, she did not even finish a small pack of gerber... what i did was just boil vegetables puree them, or steam fish... i only prepare simple food for my baby, just boiling and steaming... she's not hard to feed, she loves vegetables and fish.... now that shes two, what i eat, she eats... still veggies and fish, no to meat yet... not a vegetarian or anything, just want to teach my child good eating habits
• United States
12 Jun 08
I will use those ideas for my next baby!
• Australia
12 Jun 08
I just wanted to add to this :) Veggies & fish are fine but at 2 - they REALLY need to be eating more than just that & should have been for quite some time now - at 2 years of age they should be eating EVERYTHING - DEFINITELY red meats because of the iron & also, at 2, they no longer need pureeing or anything & should be having what you have! My daughter has just gone 2, you can give her whatever you like & she'll eat it! Take dinner last night - there was chicken breat fillets with a salsa on top & melted cheese on top of that, baked in the oven, chips/fries - salt reduced & baked only, plus a flavoured rice side dish with vegetables it in. Just cut the meats in to bite size pieces & you'll be fine!
• Philippines
13 Jun 08
hey, thanks for the best response... and good luck on your next baby1
@gemini_rose (16193)
13 Jun 08
I think I tried everything in a jar on my babes, and when I actually tried it found it to be disgusting and there was no way I would feed my babes that. The only jar food that I gave them was the puds as they were really nice. I would make the meal for the family and also make the babies some, and then I would liquidize it. I would make casseroles from scratch and all kinds of dishes. If you get a good blender or liquidiser then you can do anything for them. You can freeze the food, but sometimes it would not taste quite the same the next time around but with the casseroles they can be frozen.
• Indonesia
13 Jun 08
I actually love farley's baby biscuit till now. My daughter love the baby's food until she's about 1 year old. There are lots of them and I gave her lots of different brands and varieties. So she didn't get bored.
@beadburk (18)
• Spain
13 Jun 08
My "babies" are both teenagers now and I very rarely gave them commercial food. I started them on mashed banana with milk and then they had liquidised vegetables of all sorts, but make sure 1 - that there is always carrot in the mix (because it sweetens the mixture and 2 - never put salt into the veg as their kidneys are too immature to handle it. After a while the mixture evolved to having white fish in it and as they got older I added a small amount of chicken. As they grew I stopped liquidising it and started chopping it. I used to prepare a whole batch at once and freeze it in meal-sized portions so that there was always something available if I wasn't at home and my husband had to deal with meal times, or if we decided to go out at the drop of a hat. At the end of the day, it's not rocket science and people have been feeding their babies on their own food forever, so why should we stop now, just because there are jars of the stuff on the shelves?
• United States
13 Jun 08
Our son also ate Nature's Best, but once he was able to start eating our food, he never went back to eating baby food. He used to enjoy (or so I thought) oatmeal cereal with a half a jar of Nature's Best fruit mixed in. Once he had table food it was all over for the baby food. Luckily he ate alot of fruits and veggies, along with chicken. He's 5 now and just starting to develop a taste for red meat, which he gets only once or twice a week (of course he needs to dip it in ketchup...lol)
@jalucia (1435)
• United States
13 Jun 08
Baby food is not made for grown palettes. It definitely doesn't taste good. But, a lot of what's missing, that would make it taste good, are things that baby doesn't need like sugar and salt. Homemade food probably would be better still cuz you have control of what goes into it. My kids always transitioned to table food quickly. But, there's no need to feel sorry for baby she doesn't know to prefer the taste that you're used to. i would just be concerned that what she is eating is healthy.
@krismort (25)
• United States
13 Jun 08
I totally agree with you, the commercial stuff is gross! I only gave my 1st child food that I made myself but my next two I went with the baby food jars. I tried it too and it was nasty but they liked it, so I gave it to them. I mostly let them have it because it was easier. Now, looking back on it I feel bad that I did not take the time to prepare their food but whats done is done and they are fine. I knew it would not hurt them. My four month old will be eating solids soon, this time I think I will prepare food for her instead of jar food. It is not hard to do, I just was lazy about it with my last two.
@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
12 Jun 08
My good friend of mine actually sent me a book just after my daughter was born (she got herself one & loved it) - it was called something like '365 meals for infant, baby & toddler' - it gave you 365 recipes that started with the very basics you can give when they very first start eating - which is basically just porridge & stuff like that, it moves on to pureed vegetables & then mixing 2 vegetables together etc. Next came from 6 months where you put cooked chicken pieces, soft vegetables & stuff in to a blender - puree it & tada - you have a soft, easy to digest meal that baby can eat & is all home made. The recipes were VERY nice & easy to prepare so we used to make bigger batches - then all of us were eating the same thing, only my daughter's portion was mashed up & she seemed to enjoy it - we were also eating all the same foods so it meant i didn't have to make separate things every day. The baby stuff in the cans was gross for the most part - although the fruit ones my daughter loved - there was a muesli & blueberry mix one that was her favourite & it didn't taste bad like some of the others. Basically, all it takes is you being able to soften up fruit or veggies (boiling is easiest) & then putting it in a blender & making it mushy - you have yourself a nice meal for the baby that you know tastes good & is 100% natural coz you've made it all yourself!
• United States
12 Jun 08
My twins didn't start eating solids until they were about a year old (developmental delays) and they ate what we ate, we just cut it up very small. For our youngest, I made all of his baby food. The only commercial baby food I gave him was when we went away from home for any length of time and we discovered that he LOVED a certain (I think it was like gerber organics) spinach and carrots...so I would buy that because I could never get it to the same consistency when I tried to make it. Start out with fruits and cook them down so they are soft enough and then use a baby food grinder (they can be found very inexpensively at discount stores) to get it to the right consistency. Yogurt, cottage cheese, veggies (cooked & ground the same as fruits), I often fed our youngest the same things we were eating, I just ran it through the baby food mill/grinder. We eat very healthfully, so I wasn't worried about too much sodium, etc...for him eating what we were eating. I'm with you...I just as soon made the baby food than give him the store bought stuff that didn't even look appealing.
@lilybug (21147)
• United States
12 Jun 08
My daughter only ate baby food for about a month. As soon as she got a taste of the real stuff she would no longer eat the baby food. She used to love for me to bake a sweet potato and mash it with a little milk. Now that she is older I just cube it up for her.
@kezabelle (2985)
12 Jun 08
I didnt mind using shop/jar food and my youngest prefered it was never a problem eventually she decided my food was nicer more so when she was old enough to eat it with her fingers in large chunks and then the jar food was finished with, eldest she would eat either, both of them their fav was carrot and potatoe yuk lol!
@Essie119 (673)
• Canada
12 Jun 08
My son ate mostly commercial baby food. He had texture problems and I could never seem to get things pureed enough for him. He never minded the taste (baby's taste buds are not as developed as ours and the fact that manufacturers add NO salt is better for the baby). My daughter had no problems with texture so I made almost all of her food. If we were travelling I would buy her food, but at home she ate the same as the rest of us - just blended.