Post # 1
Do any of you make your own baby food? Do you use a baby food maker or just your food processor? I was looking at “The Baby Bullet” but am not sure?
How do you make your baby food? What supplies will I need to get started? Where do you get your recipes? I am a bit away from making it…DD is only 2.5 months and I plan to exclusively BF until she is 6 mos but thinking ahead…
Post # 3
We’re going to use our Cuisanart to make baby food because it should work perfectly. Honestly, I haven’t really looked into it much beyond that.
Post # 4
I’m not preg yet, but we’re TTC soon and I’ve been thinking ahead too. I plan to use grind up whatever we are eating for “baby food”, either in the blender/food processer or I’ll probably get a portable food-mill for when we’re away from home.
Post # 5
I got a smaller food processer for my baby shower, I hadn’t asked for it but someone got it for us knowing we would probably try to make our own baby food.
These are the ice cube trays I plan on buying to store her food in http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Food-Freezer-White-Green/dp/B0038JE5Y2/ref=br_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1K0TG5FB6KQR8&colid=8A4R4T25G8KF
I also got the book ‘baby love – healthy, easy, delicious meals for your baby and toddler’ as a gift. It gives some good ideas on when to introduce foods and how to make them more palatable for babies.
Our little girl is only 7 weeks so I don’t have any experience though.
Post # 6
I have a 6 month old and I have been making all his food for the last 2 weeks since he started solids. It’s so easy. I bought 3 babyfood cookbooks (just because I love cookbooks) and have used all 3. We have a Beaba Babycook and also a food processor, and I’ve used both. The Beaba is nice because it also steams the food, so it’s fewer things to clean up. So far my son has really liked his food! I’ve made:
- Sweet potato puree
- Mashed bananas
- Red lettuce “soup” with potato, parsley and milk
- Blueberry puree
- Cherry puree (served with yogurt)
- Peas and heirloom carrot puree
Post # 7
I made all our own baby food in our regular blender (to puree) or steamed (with our pot’s steamer insert or the Ziploc steamer bags) and mashed with a potatoe masher. I froze the food in these little Ziploc tupperware containers I got from the grocery store. They were just about the same size as a Gerber baby food container.
I never really used any recipes. At first, you introduce foods alone to watch for allergic reactions (no recipes needed), and after that, I just made food combinations I thought sounded good. When we introduced meat (about 8 or 9 months), I tried to pair the meat with a veggie and a starch (e.g. sweet potatoes with beef and summer squash or chicken with rice and corn) so it was a little one stop meal.
After a while, it became a lot of work to keep up with making everything ahead of time, though. Addie started eating 3-4 containers of food a day (I know, right?!), so instead what I’d do, is just steam up some frozen produce in one of the Ziploc steamer bags for her meals. This worked really well, especially when she first started self-feeding because 1) I didn’t have to cook ahead and 2) I could microwave the fruits/veggies as much/little as I wanted, so I could make them less mushy for easier self-feeding.
I did find that it was hard to take my homemade babyfood on the go, so we bought a case of Gerber Organics at Costco (it was like $5 for a case of 18), and we kept those in the diaper bag. I just found these Happy Baby Organics pouches, though, and I wish I would’ve found them sooner. They have a built-in straw so you don’t have to take a spoon with you!
Post # 8
My mom would literally just mash or puree in a blender whatever she was eating that day. (before adding salt, butter or seasoning) everything from veggies to meat etc.
She also made breast milk yogurt when she started pumping and had extra.
Post # 9
There have been a few posts on this in the past that you may want to view too.
I thought there were some good resources in those threads.
ETA: and looking back at them I see you commented on them so they aren’t as helpful as they might otherwise be. Nevermind.
Post # 10
I used a regular food processor to make my sons baby food. It was awesome. I added a little formula in with the whatever I was blending up and it gave it a more babyfood texture.. no so thick… You can also do this with meat when they get a bit bigger. My son loved it and so did I. Iknew exactly what he was eating and how it was prepared etc. Good luck its super easy!!
Post # 11
im pregnant now, and really want to make my own baby food. is it cheaper to make your own then buy it? im thinking it will save a lot of money to.
Post # 12
We just started a few weeks ago and went through about 10 foods so far.
I really like http://www.Babyfood101.com email course. You can also just go to their food database and click on a food you want to try for some quick tips.
It’s so easy! Fork to mash, steamer, blender, baby spoon. We store-bought the Yobaby yogurt (she got sick on it) and the rice cereal but made the rest. Very easy. For example, I peeled and then steamed organic carrots for about 10 mins added some of the liquid and carrots to a blender and it came out looking lovely. Poured two TB for the refrigerator and the rest froze for later in this cool thing. (It’s flexible so you can pop out one portion at a time or pop out all of them and put in a freezer ziploc so you can move on to the next food.) I introduced a new food every 3 days. Here’s a collage I just finished of Emi’s first eating adventures.
Post # 13
It’s way cheaper. I used 1/3 of a bag of organic carrots, about 75 cents worth and made 7 portions of carrots. That’s 10 cents per serving.
Also, I think it’s cheaper as long as you don’t have to buy any gadgets…like a baby food maker etc. You can put baby food directly into ice cube trays..you don’t need to buy the lidded tray above to make larger portions. You will only make baby food for a few months and then they will be growing chompers soon enough.
Oh and I stood there in the spoon aisle for 10 minutes because there were sooo many spoons. I settled on Beaba soft spoons. It came in a 2 pack and that’s all we are needing.
Post # 14
We plan on doing it with our next LO (whenever we get preggo that is) an will probably just use our small food processor attachment and puree.
Post # 15
@808bride: Emi!!!!!! I love her smile after the sweet potato picture. 🙂
It was also much cheaper for us since Addie eats like horse. Really. She eats a ton, and we easily could’ve spent a small fortune on baby food, to keep that kid filled up.
Post # 16
@808bride: I LOVE that collage of her! She is gorgeous. And that’s so cool it’s working out for you, I’m really liking the idea of knowing exactly what she is eating! Thanks