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MANAGING INFANTS: MAKING YOUR OWN BABY FOOD

ManagingInfantsMaking your own baby food is a healthy alternative to buying pre-made baby food from the store. Not only do you get the benefit of knowing exactly what’s in your baby’s food, in the end it is also a more frugal option for your grocery budget.

A lot of moms tend to stay away from making homemade baby food because they thing it will be difficult. In all actuality, making your baby’s meals at home is one of the easiest meals you will ever cook.

In this Managing Series tutorial I am going to give you all of the information that you need to start making your own baby food at home.
SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED

Below you will find a list of supplies that you will need to start making your own baby food at home. These supplies are the bare minimum of what you will want to have in order to get started.

  • boiling pot with lid
  • food processor
  • ice cube trays
  • ziploc bags
  • fruits or veggies
  • cling wrap

BABY STEPS

  1. You are going to want to start your baby out with vegetables when introducing any type of baby food to them. Make sure you clean the vegetables thoroughly by getting all of the grit off of it. Some of the easiest vegetables and fruits to get started with are:
    • sweet potatoes
    • peas
    • string beans
    • carrots
    • butternut squash
    • avocado
    • apples
    • mango
    • bananas
  2. Once you have your veggies prepared, take your boiling pot and add 1-2 inches of water to it. Turn your stove to medium high heat and put your fresh veggies inside. You are going to steam the vegetables until they are tender. While they are steaming make sure you keep checking on them. There should always be 1-2 inches of water in the bottom of your boiling pot.
  3. Once your vegetables are tender, drain the liquid off of them and place them into the food processor. Keep the liquid. Do not throw it away. Start processing the vegetables in your food processor. Depending on your baby’s age, this will determine the thickness of your baby food. Use the drained liquid to think out your vegetable mixture to the consistency you desire.
  4. After you have your vegetables processed to the desired consistency, pour the mixture into the ice cube trays. Fill each tray evenly. Once you have each tray completely filled, place cling wrap on top of them and put them in the freezer. Allow the baby food to freeze completely.
  5. Once the cubes of pureed baby food are frozen, pop them out of the ice cube tray and place in a ziploc bag. Label each bag with the type of baby food and the day it was made and place the ziploc bag back in the freezer.
  6. To defrost your baby’s yummy food, just put the frozen cubes in a microwave safe bowl and pop it in the microwave for 45 seconds. Stir the mixture and heat for another 30-45 seconds if it is still cold. The best way to check the temperature of the food is with your finger.

That’s it! You now have homemade baby food. I hope your child enjoys their nutritious homemade meals.

TIPS:

  • It is better to bake sweet potatoes instead of steaming them. Cut your oven to 375 degrees and bake them for 45 minutes to an hour.
  • If you make you pureed baby food too thin, you can always add infant rice cereal to thicken it up.

POSSIBLE COMBINATIONS:
There are all types of combination of baby food that you can make once your baby gets used to the flavors of each fruit and vegetables individually. Some of the combinations that I have made that were a big hit with my babies were:

  • sweet potatoes and apples (Use equal parts of both. For the liquid to thin it out, you can use water, apple juice or a combination of both.)
  • sweet potatoes and squash
  • sweet potatoes and banana
  • bananas and avocado
  • bananas and yogurt
  • avocado and yogurt
  • avocado and mango

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5 Comments

  1. You make it sound much simpler than I imagined! I will be trying this in a few month with my son. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Wow! What an awesome post. I'm not even a Mom (yet, can't wait) but I have always said that I would make my own baby food when I do become a Mom. I didn't have a clue how I would actually do it but, now I know. Thanks!

  3. Thanks so much for this information. Really needed it. Just wondering if you can make any food processor recommendations. PPDiva rocks my socks off! 🙂

  4. Great post. I totally skip the steaming portion of this on most fruits and veggies. I'm not sure if that affects the taste or not but…

    I do wonder though, how you cook squash. I bought a butternut squash to make into baby food but am not sure how I should cook it. Halve it and bake it?

  5. Great tips – I used to do this 30 years ago with my kids – now my kids have done it with my grandkids. Still just as practical today as way back then 🙂

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