Sometimes when Amy tells someone that we make all of our own baby food, they are astounded. Maybe the idea of giving a precious baby food seems to complicated to get safe results? We’ve found it to be extremely easy. And unlike preparing just about any other meal, making baby food at home is really just two steps.
Here’s how to make baby food at home:
Step 1. Cook a food until it is very soft.
Step 2. Puree that food thoroughly so there are no chunks.
And that’s it, it’s ready. Serve at a temperature your baby seems comfortable with.
Before you go nuts and start pureeing rib-eye steaks, please play it safe and check with your baby’s care provider for guidelines. You don’t want to introduce more than one food at a time so you can observe reactions, and some foods should be started later than others.
Why you should be making your own baby food
Don’t let society fool you, you can do it! We don’t need to depend on products for our children to be raised on healthy food and in a safe environment. You have the power! Here’s some of the main reasons you should take the step to prepare your child’s nourishment:
- You can ensure the food is local and organic
- Homemade baby food is cheaper than paying some company to cheap out on ingredients and package it for you
- Your baby can eat what you eat and be an even bigger part of family meals. All the baby food we make is served as a side or mixed into meals.
- Easy to make
- Easy to store
- Stay even more connected to your child by playing a more complete role in their nourishment.
This could be the end of the post, but I’ll go a bit further and talk about some logistics.
Selecting the food
First and foremost, you have decide what you want to prepare. We start with things like squash, sweet potatoes, rutabaga, carrots, apples, etc.–vegetables and fruits that are grown by us or near us that have gentle flavor. Ensuring our baby eats local, organic food is very important to us, and when you make it yourself you have full control.
Storing the food
We like to use ice cube trays and freeze the food into convenient chunks that we can warm up in a pan quickly. As our baby wants to eat more food, we can just add another cube to the meal without opening any jars.
Store the cubes in a zip-top freezer bag for convenience and to free up your trays.
To keep track of how much your baby eats, we recommend weighing the frozen food cubes. Our ice cube tray produces food cubes of around 1 – 1.25 oz.
Everyone can enjoy homemade baby food!
Pureed squash, applesauce, even mashed rutabaga are all side dishes we eat regularly while our baby also enjoys it as her main course. No reason to have any separation in what we eat and what we feed our kids. And, parenting pro tip: you can always sneak nutrition into basically any food by adding healthy fruits or vegetables in baby food form. Pureed carrot into pasta? No problem. Rutabaga in your pad thai? No one will know! Squash in your brownies? Makes them even better.
Want to give your baby some nice, sweet, soft Hubbard squash? We show you how to break one down in this post. We’ve been feeding this to our baby for weeks now and she loves it just as much as we do!