Home Made Baby Food

@anij34 (317)
United States
July 24, 2007 8:49am CST
When my daughter was born I went as all natural as possible. Which to me included making my own baby food. I know that most people use a food mill or a strainer but I simply used my blender. I would steam the fruits and veggies or bake them. Let them cool and then put it in the blender. I poured it into ice cube trays until firm, after which I transfered them to freezer storage containers. Label them well of course or you won't know which is applesauce and which are pears. Doing a web search for baby food recipes should reveal many recipes or create your own version of "blue berry buckle". I am not saying there is anything wrong with Gerber but its so much nicer to know that you made all your child's food. Honestly its quick and easy. If you grow all your own food and know that its organic thats even better. Do you make your own baby food? Or do you think you might try it?
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@men82in (1270)
• India
25 Jul 07
All home made babyfoods are good for mental health not for physical health.
@anij34 (317)
• United States
25 Jul 07
So why do you say that? Its proven by nutritionalist's that fresh veggies steamed or baked is much better for your health than something jarred or canned. In the jarring and canning process important nutrients can be killed off. Something can' be just good for mental health and not for physical health too. They are all connected. That would be like saying its good for your right arm but not your left.
@lucyem (120)
• United States
24 Jul 07
Our son isn't on solids yet, but we're going to make our own baby food when he starts. I want to know what's going into his little body, and I feel this is the best way for me to do this. I know I can't protect him from everything or keep all toxins out of him, and I don't expect to. But I will do the best I can, and for me, this includes making my own baby food. Along with trying to do what's natural for our son, my husband and I've started being more conscious about what we put into our bodies as well. It's not easy wen you've had many convenience foods, etc, for the past decade or so, but it's possible. And I know with persistance we'll be able to do this. It's one of those things where I say no pain, no gain, because I know it will be best for all of us when we cut out the convenience stuff, etc.
@anij34 (317)
• United States
25 Jul 07
My theory is that kids have the rest of their lives to eat horribly and watch a ton of bad t.v. While I can control what enters their mouths and brains I will. If I only offer them healthy food then they stand a better chance of continuing those habits for a life time.
@megs85 (3144)
• Australia
24 Jul 07
As my son had food allergies I found it easier to make my own baby food rather than having to check all the ingredients in canned/ jarred food for traces of milk... I prepared mine in the same way as yourself, making it up in big batches and freezing it in ice cube trays before transferring it to labelled containers. It was like having little frozen dinners for him in the freezer, and you don't even need to thaw them out really, I just took the ones I wanted for the next day out of the freezer th enight before I needed them and let them semi thaw in the fridge. I found the internet invaluable when I was researching recipes, particularly when trying to find alternatives to milk, and find recipes without using milk. I also found a bit of creativity didn't go astray (but my son would eat anything the little garbage disposal he is lol, so I was pretty lucky there)... I just popped in whatever vegies were leftover in my fridge, grilled some meat or chicken and blended away. When creating baby food, my only tips would be: don't add salt or sugar as your baby doesn't need these. Oh, and make sur eyour puree isnt too sloppy- I learnt this the hard way with one batch. It should be thicker than what you want it as the consistency changes after its been frozen. And be adventurous. What would be your tips for mums out there wanting some tips or advice, or those wanting to start making their own baby food?
@anij34 (317)
• United States
25 Jul 07
Your right about the consistency, it should be thicker than "normal". Hmmm Advice for new moms getting into it? Have fun with it. Its not suppose to be a lot of work, actually it shouldn't be work if its fun! Applesauce is a miracle because you can mix it into EVERYTHING!! If your little one doesn't like squash, just add more applesauce to naturally sweeten it up. Be aware also of kids should not have too early. Like honey, peanuts, eggs, etc..for obvious reasons of allergies. Thats my advice for new moms!
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
24 Jul 07
yes, I made my own baby food as well. I did the same thing you did.. although I used a food processor instead of a blender. My oldest i made his food until he was bout 8 months or so, then he started eating what we did.. my youngest i did it until he was about 7 months, he had quite a few teeth by then and could handle our food easily. I will def. do it for our next child (when we have one) as I think it's not only cheaper, but it's healthier for them, you actually know what's going in there. I use the jars when we are going out and it's not practical to bring the real thing..
@anij34 (317)
• United States
25 Jul 07
Your so right, its cheaper and its healthier. Glad to see so many people are putting their children on the road to healthy eating. They really aren't on actual "baby food" for very long. My daughter was about 6 months when she started on solids then was eating table food by 8.5 months. It was fun while it lasted.
@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
26 Jul 07
We did a little of both - i was given an awesome book by a friend - 365 meals for baby, it has sections for different age groups, they're proper meals mashed up (not just potato & something) & they get more yummy by the last one! They have everything in them from pasta & veggies to meats - you just cook it all then puree it :) It was fun sometimes unless the meal was more complex than the meal we were having - then it got a little time consuming - LOL! I did use some tin/jar foods but it was only when we went out & since i didn't go out much, it was only about once a week or so. I will probably do the same for the next baby when we have one but we'll see what happens i guess! I do agree it's better fresh but once in a while, jar foods with extra fats & such can be good for the growing little one - they need extra fats & stuff too.
@venshida (4837)
• United States
25 Jul 07
I made my own baby food. I am paranoid about the stuff in food so I felt better doing my own.
• Malaysia
25 Jul 07
My mother has always made her own baby food for us. She cook rice porridge everyday and give us fresh from the pot. If it is not finished upon one sitting, she would keep it only for dinner and tomorrow she would prepare a fresh one. My mother likes blending the fruits and give them freshly. She's so hardworking not like me, I like to do a lot and keep some for later days. If I have kids, yes, I would love to prepare my own baby food too. It's much healthier that way. We know the exact ingredients, and there are no preservatives added.
• United States
24 Jul 07
I don't and probably won't, but I don't use a lot of jarred baby food, either. With my last, she vomited purees, so I didn't use any at all. I'll probably go just to table food with this one as well. I don't do any solids until 6 months so they can handle most of what we eat. I just watch choking hazards and allergens.
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
24 Jul 07
Hi there. When both our babies were at that stage of eating solids, we would mash up some pumpkin, potato and silverbeet with a bit of there baby milk, or mashed potato and silverbeet, pumpkin and silver beet, we would mash a banana with there own milk for a change or mashed peaches... We always made sure that for dinner, they always had greens in any of there mashes...
@stacyv81 (5904)
• United States
24 Jul 07
I make my own baby food too. I did with my first. I buy some applesauce or something for those rushed days, but I usually just serve the baby what we have for dinner. I use my blender too. It just wokrs better for us and I find comfort in knowing what my baby is eating.