baby food.need it or not?

United States
February 27, 2007 8:31pm CST
My little one is 7 months old and I started out with baby food but found it much cheaper to just make his baby food from home.My doctor said that it was ok. I smash up all kinds of food for him and he seems to like it better than jar food.As long as you don't add salt or flavoring it's ok. He wouldn't eat peas from the baby jars but did the other night when wehad them for dinner and i just smashed them up real good. How do you feed your little ones?
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@ethanmama (1746)
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
We found that my son has allergies to cow's milk and wheat. We thus decided, with my son's pediatrician's advise, to just make our own baby food. This way, we'd know that the ingredients are fresh and of course we make sure we don't put the foods my baby is allergic to.
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• United States
28 Feb 07
Hello there I've fed my child with the store bought baby food for 2 main reasons - lack of time and laziness. If you have time and get take that extra step, then the home made food is the best. There is no preservatives and you are in total control Good luck
• United States
28 Feb 07
When my son was a baby i just mashed up everything we ate, or cut it tiny, even meats work fine, they can gum at them and swallow, tastes a whole lot better then jarred food and it saves you alot of money. Its also alot easier. If you want to make some in advance, get a few ice cube trays. You can mash up fruits or veggies, or whatever in advance and freeze them in ice cube trays, one cube is a serving size. Easy and quick :) Now at nearly 3 he eats things i wouldent touch hehe. We went out to chinease the other night with my mom, she ordered sushi, and he tried that! I was so surpirsed. But hes used to eating what everyone else is eating so he wanted some.
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• United States
28 Feb 07
That's a great idea thank you
• United States
28 Feb 07
well, i think makeing baby food at home is healthier for your baby. It may take a little more time but its all worth it in the end.
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@wdiong (1818)
• Singapore
28 Feb 07
I personally prepared meals for my 2 kids when they were babies. It's not only cheap but I think it's more nutritious because at least I know what goes onto it and it's freshly prepared and taste better.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
28 Feb 07
that is exactly how I fed our youngest, at just aroud the same age too! I would just mash up or cut into very small pieces, the foods we were eating that day, ommitting any harsh spices or butters (taking her portion out before adding them) I think it is not only cheaper this way but also healthier - you know exactly what the child is being fed, and the child becomes accustomed to your foods that much easier.
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@Michele21 (3094)
• United States
28 Feb 07
I never bought baby food with either one of my kids. With my daughter I made my own...jusy like you, smasking everything up for her. And with my son the same thing, he ate everything we did. Sometimes I would puree things in the blender for them. We just couldn't afford to buy baby food. It worked great for us!
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@lvhughes (545)
• United States
28 Feb 07
i feed my baby food i have made. he loves it. that is what i have feed all 4 of mine that way. i found it is alot cheaper. especally when they want eat out off the jar. have you smelled the food in the jar no wonder they want eat it.
• United States
28 Feb 07
I always bought Gerber baby food, but definitely think that making your own is just as good, like you said, as long as you don't add junk to it.
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• United States
28 Feb 07
I always did baby food from home. Mainly because of the cost. Thoes tiny jars of food really add up. As long as you are feeding your baby healty food it is a great way to cut costs of taking care of a baby. Good luck with your little one.
@sammantha (278)
• United States
28 Feb 07
I have two kids and with both of them I feed them the things that was easy to mash up.I know very well were you are coming from.I feed them things like mash potates and green been things lik that.I put them right in the blender after it cool down some and they liked it.
• Canada
28 Feb 07
I too started on baby foods, but then decided to just pulverize whatever we had into a mush for my kids. It worked out a lot cheaper, it got them eating vegetables with no problem, and it was a lot tastier than the canned and jar stuff. I did keep buying the desserts from the cans though - my daughter in particular loved the chocolate pudding from the Heinz Variety and I figured she should have a treat after eating her dinner.
• India
28 Feb 07
I have never given any kind of baby food to my daughter, she has always been eating homemade foods. I even add a bit of salt and off late she's been having bits from what we eat, of course i try and keep the flavours mild in our food too. She has soups, mashed vegetables, brown bread dipped in milk, lentils cooked very soft and some home made deserts too. I personally think, if you have the time and energy to cook them, homemade foods are the best because thats what we ultimately want our kid to grow up eating.
• India
28 Feb 07
You can give some home made fresh juices and soups, give boiled fish, you can also give some good baby foods available at the stores when you are travelling or your baby is refusing food that you feed.
• United States
28 Feb 07
when my kids were little i did the same thing just omit the spice ,also I used my blender to puree the food they liked it a lot better and it didnot harm them one bit !
@chertsy (3804)
• United States
28 Feb 07
Homemade baby food is a lot better than anything you can find in any store. It doesn't have all that junk that keeps it freash in stores. My daughter was like your son, could care less about the jar squash and then turned around and ate like crazy the homemade squash that my mom canned from her garden. You can do the same with any veggie, instead of having to mash it up for them by hand. You can get a small food processor, make a lot and freeze what you don't so you can use it later. Those freezer bags are great, just pull them out of freezer and put in a pot of hot water to thaw out. Those store baby foods are nasty in my opinion, homemade tastes so much better.
@Akeela (2079)
• Trinidad And Tobago
28 Feb 07
Yes and it much tatsier my mom isnt a big fan so I no choice but its much better...
• United States
28 Feb 07
Baby food is convienent, and a massive marketing empire. They make you think you need it. You don't! What in the world did babies eat before food came in jars? Hmmm. Real, unprocessed, natural food! There is no need for you to buy the same exact thing you can make in minutes! Just think, you are cooking for your family anyway, just leave a little aside without all the seasoning and spice, a blander variation, why not serve that to your baby? Its cheaper for one, and healthier than anything you will get in a jar!
@imadriscoll (2230)
• United States
28 Feb 07
My first child I bought all the baby food, then with the second I alternated ... with my third I barely bought any store bought food at all. I think that you have to be careful about a few things ... like making sure that there's not a lot of added sugar and salt. Also you need to be sure that before they have teeth that the food is smashed or even blended enough to ensure that they won't choke. As they get older they can have more "lumpy" foods!
• United States
28 Feb 07
I always used baby food because I am lazy, lol. But there is nothing wrong with feeding table food to a baby. When my baby was 7 1/2 months old she self fed herself Thanksgiving dinner. She had turkey (it was so tender from cooking in the slow cooker over night all I had to do was pull it apart into tiny pieces), stuffing (also very mushy from being in the slow cooker), mashed potatoes and gravy and sweet potatoes. She loved it all. She is now 11 months old (well she will be on Monday) and only self feeds. She hasn't had baby food in over a month. She had a bowl of Life cereal for breakfast this morning (softened with milk that I drained out). I think I'll make her grilled cheese for lunch. I really don't think any doctor would tell you it wasn't okay to make your own baby food. It has been done for all of time. Jarred baby food hasn't been around for that long, you know.
• United States
28 Feb 07
I preferred making my own baby food too. I like knowing exactly what my baby is getting. And I like the fact that I'm not using any preservatives or additives and he's getting only fresh and nutritious food. I make sure he gets a variety to ensure a well-balanced diet.