Baby food - bought or home made?

@deejean06 (1953)
United States
February 19, 2009 3:18pm CST
Since I'm a first time mother I'm new to the world of baby food. Since my son began eating food the doctor said he should begin with cereal and fruits. We have since progressed to vegetables also. I want to do what's best for him and give him the best possible start in this world. I try to buy only organic baby food. But now I'm thinking maybe I should be making his food from real foods like we eat - not processed foods which he may be getting from the jars. So...what do you do? What did you do? Did you buy food from the supermarket or make your own at home? Did your child eat whatever you served or objected?
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19 responses
@sandymay48 (2031)
• Canada
19 Feb 09
Hello...my children are all grown now but I can tell you what I did,,"back then" I believed that natural food was best and also less expensive and we did not have a lot of money when my first was born. When it was time for vegetables, and not all children are the same, some will object if they just arent ready, I cooked my own such as carrots squash etc, and i mashed and poured it into ice cube trays and froze it. Each cube was a meal, I just had to pop it out and warm it up
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
20 Feb 09
Almost all moms agree that homemade is the best and I want to give my child only the best. Thanks to this great discussion and sharing of ideas I know exactly what I can do for my son. Thank you!
• Canada
20 Feb 09
I wish you luck with your baby and I am glad these discussions have helped you out.
@TLChimes (4838)
• United States
19 Feb 09
My baby has feeding issues due to a medical issues. Even at 18 months his foods are a bit thicker then the jarred foods. We make his to him. With there being so many choices out there you can do good jarred food. I did a mix for all my kids. I made some and froze it in ice cube trays covered with plastic. I also bought jarred for things I couldn't make at home or for travel. You can even make your table foods into food for baby once they reach a certain point.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
20 Feb 09
Thanks so much for the tip! I'll have to get some ice cube trays and start cooking soon!
@TLChimes (4838)
• United States
20 Feb 09
After it's frozen you can put that one kind in a plastic ziploc bag and re-use the tray for another batch. Good Luck!
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• United States
19 Feb 09
Yes, home made foods are always better for your baby and most ideal. If you have time to make them it would be to your babies advantage. I had my kids mixed with bought and hoe made since I have work and am really busy when they were babies. I usually mix some fruits and vegetables in their porridge or baby cereals. It's a good thing my kids were not choosy with foods.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
20 Feb 09
Yes - thank goodness you didn't have fussy eaters. My son was only fussy with one veggie and I found a way around it. It's nice that you said the homemade foods are ideal - that's exactly what I'm looking for - an ideal start to his "real" food experience. Thanks for the response.
@katsmeow1213 (28910)
• United States
19 Feb 09
I did a bit of both, it depended on the food. It's certainly easier to just buy it, but cheaper to make it yourself, so for me it depended on what the food was and if I had the energy to do it myself. Something like bananas are so easy, you just mash them with a potato masher, and maybe add some formula, milk, or even water just to smooth it out a little to make it easier to eat and mash. At home I did corn, peas, bananas, carrots, pears, and a few other things, I forget now. Pretty much whatever was left over after feeding the rest of the family, I'd throw it in the blender with some liquid until it was the right consistancy for the baby to eat.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
20 Feb 09
Thanks so much for the tips! I've been thinking of making my own at home for him and you helped so much.
• United States
19 Feb 09
we always had the plans on making our own baby food. we just never had enough time to get through with it. we always bought baby food and she never had any issues with it. we sometimes got the organic bottles but we never really paid attention to that, we just kind of picked it up. our doctor said that there was nothing wrong with buying the bottles or making our own that they didn't have a preference it was all up to us.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
20 Feb 09
Well thankfully you didn't have a fussy eater! Thanks for the response.
• Chile
20 Feb 09
It´s better for the first months for the baby to eat processed-baby intended- food, later like 6 months and on you can think on giving homemade food.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
20 Feb 09
Thanks for the inclusion of a time line. As a first time mother I'm always concerned that I'm not doing things in the time I should be with my son. But he's already 8 months old so I'm going to try homemade food soon.
• Chile
20 Feb 09
Yes, thats the correct age to start giving your baby homemade food, and by the way, congratulations for being mother, bye.
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@elysia (10)
• United States
22 Feb 09
I started feeding my Daughter Earths Best baby food about 6 months or so. I started with veggies first as I didn't want her to get to used to only sweet things. Our pediatrician said that we can mash up potatos or any other foods we like to the cosistancy of baby food but that the jar baby food is fine too. I think as long as you aren't giving him baby jar foods that are really high in sodium like mac n cheese or stuff like that he'll be fine. I think buying food is fine, its one less thing to have to worry about doing but if you want to make the baby food go for it. I know being a first time parent you want everything to be perfect and be the best mother but overall some times you need to give yourself a break. If you have time to mash something up that you guys are having for dinner then great but if you don't than giving jar food is just as good. One my daughter got used to a variety of foods I just made sure to give her equal amounts of everything. One thing to watch is giving too many orange or yellow foods as it gives them a little orange glow around the nose area. No biggy its normal but if your like me it would just bug you!!! Sounds like your son is in good hands :)
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
24 Feb 09
Thanks so much for the response. I too have been buying Earth's Best for my son but lately I've been wanting to expand my horizons - and his. I want him to get used to new textures and foods within limits. I didn't know how to make baby food or how difficult it might be. Thanks to all the wonderful responses I now know it's not difficult at all and that the earlier I get him started on "adult food" the better.
@bellis716 (4804)
• United States
22 Feb 09
When our children were babies over 40 years ago, they ate some canned baby food but not much. Even at 10 to 25 cents a jar, we couldn't afford it. I didn't have a food processor, for the same reason. They ate a lot of mashed potatoes and gravy. I remember putting green beans and other vegetables through a strainer, one that was made with screen wire. I'd take a spoon to mash the food through the wire. I did buy baby cereal. Sometimes I'd take meat juices and/or the water from vegetables and add cereal. As soon as they had teeth, they were on table food. Our daughter, the second child, ate a lot of Vienna Sausages. They did get supplemental vitamins until they were 4 or 5. My mother told me that her mother would chew the food for her babies, take it out of her mouth and feed it to the baby. This was in the period of 1900 to about 1920. That method did not appeal to either my mother or me.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
24 Feb 09
Like you I'm not that keen on the idea of chewing my food and then giving it to the baby. I have to agree with you there. However I will be mashing more food and getting away from the processed baby food. Thanks so much for the response!
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
20 Feb 09
I decided with my daughter that it just wasn't worth the cost of the baby food in jars. I did buy her some in the very beginning, like when they first start trying the fruits and veggies like peas and pears - but mostly only because they don't eat a whole lot of it and it wasn't a major expense. By the time she was about 6 months old though I pretty much just mushed up whatever we were eating. A little food processor is wonderful if you don't mind having to clean it - just take whatever you are eating/cooking for yourself and stick it in there. Just make sure you do the whole "introduce one food at a time thing" in the beginning if allergies are a concern, but after that the sky's pretty much the limit on what they can eat. Good Luck!
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
24 Feb 09
We are very careful to introduce one food at a time and to wait a week before introducing something new. He hasn't had a reaction yet but we still want to wait and be careful with the new food additions. I was a bit hesitant to have anything other than processed food since he doesn't have any teeth yet but none of the responses seem to think that's a problem. We did begin an introduction into different textures and foods this weekend. There was a bit of resistance but we'll get there...
@delkar (1715)
• Romania
20 Feb 09
well, when i was young there were not such baby food to buy, and my mom made me a lot of delicious meals. My mom was with the meal, and my dad was giving me that meal, to eat. And as i was so young, i was doing something nice, and dad thought that i want more. And he was giving me to eat a lot. My mom said to him: don`t gve him that much! it`s gonna blow up! . My dad always said that i have a big apetit and he was always giving me a lot of baby food.Nowadays, it`s easier to buy that , because maybe it has more vitamins that what we`ll give to our baby, but sometimes, baby food it`s not so healthy when you buy it..
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
20 Feb 09
That seems to be the general consensus that purchased jarred baby food just doesn't have the same quality as homemade baby food. Thanks for the response!
@fren45 (895)
• Malaysia
20 Feb 09
I highly suggest to get homemade baby food. After the china milk tainted with poison . I don't trust mass produce baby food anymore . Hence I prefer to make my own baby food.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
20 Feb 09
My goodness I nearly forgot about that with the poison peanut butter on my mind lately. It's time to start making fresh - thanks so much for your thoughts.
• Philippines
20 Feb 09
When my baby started eating, I first introduced her those bottled foods (fruits & vegetables), then gave her cereals sold by box. I also gave her homemade food like thinly ground rice and mongo which I cooked. It's really nutritious.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
20 Feb 09
That's what I've been doing and that was a good start but I think I'd like to begin to make my own food for him just like you did. Thanks for the response.
@bapbrb (19)
• United States
20 Feb 09
I have 3 children. None of them would touch the jars of baby food. Our doctor said that was fine, we went and purchase a food grinder (Walmart, around $8.00 or so) and what ever we had for dinner so did the babies. That way they learned to eat all of the veggies, and meat to. Meat can be kinda tricky with the food grinder, but we just put a little bit of everything we were having for dinner in, and ground it all together. We use frozen veggie, not canned so that the kids won't get all of the un-needed salt in the diet. Because of this, our kids for the most part eat most all veggies. Our 8 year old LOVES lima beans, black beans, coliflower, broccoli. You name it, they eat it. We did the same with the fruits. Just a side note though, don't put a bannana through it. We learned the hard way, it doesn't come so good.
@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
20 Feb 09
I love the suggestions - and the shopping tip! I can't wait to start cooking this weekend!
@se7enthbird (8324)
• Philippines
20 Feb 09
my son is already three years old. the day he started to eat my wife is the one making the food he will be eating. she cook rice but put a lot of water so it will be soupy. she will put bits of chicken or bits of meat while it is boiling. when it is cooked she will cool it down and blend it with the blender. it will all be mashed up. sometimes she boils potatoes and carrots and blend it too. she puts it inside the freezer and consumes it for a week. that is what she do.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
20 Feb 09
Thanks so much for the interest and response. I appreciate the different suggestions.
• Philippines
20 Feb 09
My baby just turned 2 months, he's not eating solid food yet. But I would like to share something I read in books and seen in my nieces and nephew. As much as possible, my sisters feed their babies homemade stuff, like mash potato or a banana or a papaya. They also cook beef and fish soup with veggies and all and then soften the rice with the soup. The babies love it! According to my readings, mothers shouldn't feed baby too much "good-tasting food" like sweets or processed food because they're bound to hate veggies and fruits when they grow up. Discipline must start early.
@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
20 Feb 09
He loves fruits and likes the veggies. I'm still trying to expose him to new veggies so he develops good eating habits early in life, just like you said. Thanks for the response!
@misskyla (40)
• United States
20 Feb 09
I have four children and they all had jarred baby food. I am expecting the fifth one soon and plan to make my own baby food this time. I just wonder, short of growing it oneself, how do you know if there are pesticides or not on the fresh fruits and veggies we buy. My kids liked some things and refused some. I offered again and again. With my last one he wasn't fond of fruits ever and as he got older I reached for easy finger foods more often and he lost those good vegetable eating habits. we have been trying to sway him back. One piece of vegetable or one bite each night at dinner. Slow going, but promising. You'll figure out which choice works best for you.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
20 Feb 09
He just started with vegetables and at first rejected peas... but then I switched brands and he loves them now. So I definitely understand about hunting and pecking until the child likes the food. Good luck with the veggies and congratulations on your pregnancy!
@Meljep (1668)
• United States
20 Feb 09
I would say that in this world of unknowns, with less than honest manufacturing companies it might be worth your while to use a food processor and make your own baby food. Organic would be like your grandmother raised. Straight out of the garden to the table. It's hard to trust when a label says organic if it really is or not. And if it is - what about the neighbors pesticides spraying over on the field or the run off water from other fields. Some things make you wonder.
@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
20 Feb 09
The "straw" that broke my back about food was the peanut problem due to the salmonella. I used to have peanut butter and honey or jelly every day for lunch. I depend on the mfg. to be honest and we all know now that they weren't. So... that's why I'm thinking that it might be better if I try to make food for my son myself. Thanks for the response.
@Amber4106 (541)
• United States
20 Feb 09
As you know, my daughter isn't to that stage yet, but this is definetely something that we've discussed for the near future. We always plant a large garden, and this year we will most definetely be planting an even larger one. I plan to plant as much of a variety of vegetables that I can, so that we can jar or freeze them for the later use for her baby food. I can have the comfort of knowing that there are no added chemicals or generic fertilizers used in her food. As far as fruits go, we only have one peach tree and two cherry trees, so most of her fruits will have to be bought from the store.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
20 Feb 09
You just gave me an idea - we could plant a garden this year. My father had one for us when we were younger but my husband and I haven't done so by ourselves. However it will be worth it if we can use everything for ourselves and the growing young mouth in the family... Thanks for the idea!
@amrith (291)
• India
21 Feb 09
It is always better to give thebaby the natural fresh food .processed food contasis preservatives which may do some harm .it is not that baby foods are unsafe but bit is advisible to give fresh and natural foods made by you yourself