Hey there, momma! I’m assuming if you are reading this that you have a little one that is eating solid foods or are about to start! This opens up a whole new world! It’s a fun one though 🙂
There are times when buying baby food is just easier. Typically that is when I am traveling or have a busy week. During these times, I always go with fresh & organic food. Either Little Spoon (which you can find here) or Once Upon A Farm (which is organic, cold pressed baby food that you can typically find at Target or Walmart). For the most part though, I make my own baby food.
What I love about this, is I know EXACTLY what is going into the food I’m feeding my little one and it is so much cheaper than buying baby food. And really, it is easy. I know a lot of women think that it is time consuming but if you prepare & think ahead, it is actually really easy and takes almost no time at all! I just prepare my little one’s food while I prepare dinner for the rest of the family.
So, let’s look at how to baby food – how to make your own baby food and home and some of my favorite recipes.
How to Baby Food
I’ll get right into it. Making your own baby food is really easy. I like to combine a handful of different fruits and vegetables for each meal. Depending on the age of your baby, the fruits and vegetables you feed will vary.
Basically though, this is what I do to make my own baby food:
- Wash & cut the fruits and vegetables you plan to use
- Cook the fruits/vegetables until soft (I like to steam mine)
- Put cooked fruits/vegetables into blender with water or breastmilk
Now, the amount you make depends on a few things. First, how much your little one eats. My little one ate A TON. But, when I made the meals, I only made enough for one meal, I didn’t want leftovers. That brings me to my second point, if you are using breastmilk in your food, you probably don’t want leftovers.
I say this because fresh breastmilk should be used within 3 days if refridgerated. But, you don’t want to keep heating your breastmilk and then putting it in the fridge again. So, if your fruits/vegetables are still warm when you blend, you will be heating up your milk again. So just be wise when you make your food using breastmilk.
If you use water, you can make enough baby food to have for a couple days or even freeze!
Really, you can use any blender you have at home as long as it purees the food so there are no chunks (if you baby is less than 6-7 months, you want to make sure the baby food is smooth). As your little one grows, the food you make can have more texture. But, to start out just make sure you puree it well.
For me, I use my ninja. I didn’t buy it specifically for making baby food but I bought it for myself and found that it works awesome for making baby food! The one I use has single serve glasses that work perfect for this. Typiclly, I fill it 3/4 full of food and blend it. That is the perfect amount for one meal for my little one!
I also use a bullet that works awesome as well. Both the ninja and bullet get the food pureed the food perfectly (perfect consistency). What I like about both of these, is that they are small enough that they 1.made the perfect amount of baby food for one meal and 2. were SO simple to clean. There are only two parts that needed to be washed & I can just throw them in the dishwasher! I’ll put the links for both the Ninja and Bullet below (just click on the pictures) but again, you can use any blender you have at home!
They also make blenders that are specifically made to make baby food, but in my opinion why buy another blender? It will do the same thing as a regular blender 🙂
I may be a little misleading when I say “recipes” because there aren’t any measurements 🙂 Again, this depends on how much you want to make (if you want leftovers or not) and how much your little one eats. But here are some of my favorite blends that I used on my little one starting when he was 5 months:
- Butternut Squash
- Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet Peas
- Butternut Squash
The main thing with this is just play around. Find out what your baby likes and what they don’t. As you are first starting solid foods with your baby, they recommend starting with one food at a time to make sure they don’t have any reactions to it. I think thats a good idea. For fruits and vegetables, I would say it is pretty safe though since most allergies aren’t asscoaited with those but rather with nuts/wheat/dairy/etc.
If you have a favorite baby food blend that you make, leave it in the comments below! Also let me know what has worked well for you!
All the best,