Post # 1
I know I have a long time before solid foods are even in the picture, but for as long as I can remember I’ve always said that when I become a mommy I will be making my own baby food. I just can’t get passed the idea of feeding my child meat that came from a jar (among other things). It just totaly grosses me out…I wouldn’t eat it myself so why should my child?
Anyway I was just wondering if anyone actually has attempted doing this? Any tips? Or resources you found helpful? What did you find to be the easist method to puree and store?
Post # 3
Great thread! I’m not a mom yet, but I’ve been researching a lot into this, because I want to make our own food too. If you have a few basic things, it’s cheaper to just puree food you’re already buying and cooking.
One thing I’ve read is that ice cube trays and the deeper ones you can find to make your own popsicles work to freeze food in portion sizes.
I’d also like to know what works best to puree food. We don’t have a food processor, although I’d consider buying one over a beaba babycook machine, since we’ll use it a lot. Does a hand blender work as well as a food processor?
Post # 4
There are wonderful baby food cook books out there! I’m going to use this site and their recommendations:
Post # 5
@Mrs. DG: I just was on that site and added it to my bookmarks!
@mrstilly: I read that you can use a stick/immersion blender as well (we registered for one so here’s hoping someone picks it up!). We currently are blender-less as well so that’s something we will need to invest. Great tip on the ice-cube trays by the way.
Post # 6
I bought a Beba for my sister when she had her second child. She definitely likes it. Before she had to steam the veggies, so a pot and stream tray, and still use the blender. The beba does it all in one and you just need to clean the plastic cup that holders everything (ie. steam tray and blade).
The Beba will steam on its own, but for the blending you have to stand there and hold the blend button. sounds very stupid, but it really doesn’t take that long once the food is steamed and soft.
If you want to go old fashion, there is a hand crank that you can buy to blend fruits and veggies when it has been steamed. other wise we have tried a small food processor by cuisinart and a magic bullet for fruits mostly.
Post # 7
Smitten Kitchen has a few baby food recipes too! http://www.smittenkitchen.com
Post # 8
I don’t have kids yet but I pretty much imagine cooking foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, peas and pureeing them. Also apples, bananas etc. What did people do before processed baby food?
Post # 9
My friend is doign this and she says its super easy. She never thought she would be one to do it, but she said its so much cheaper and easier this way.
Post # 10
You can also make big batches of purees and freeze them into ice cube trays and pop them out one at a time to use. I read that somewhere long ago and never forgot. I figure I make food for my dog, I should do it for my (future) children!
Post # 11
2 things- one is Vitamix. I have one and it will puree ANYTHING. Seriously I can gring my own wheat, it will powder sugar!
The other is that my friend is doing something called Baby led weaning, I am NOT an expert but from the sounds of it, you soften to foods, make them grab-able for the baby, and let them learn to eat and to feed themselves, while suplementing with breastmilk.
Maybe Mrs. DG or someone else will know more and can comment, since as I said I am not an expert, but it sounds really good to me to just give them soft foods, and let them explore feeding themselves and food and textures.
Post # 12
THis is great. I definately want to do this. Just reading about the chemicals that are in processed baby foods scares me. I’m definately going to read up on all this!!
Post # 13
It’s very easy to make baby food! I used to babysit some babies that I had to do this for. Sweet potatoes are the easiest- you just microwave them for a couple of minutes then put them in a food processor or mush it by hand.
It’s a lot better for the baby too. I’ve heard about BPA being in baby food jars (the plastic ones) as well as stuff to make it last longer. It’s also super cheap.
Post # 14
@vistagirl: Baby led weaning usually means that a Mom will breastfeed until her child lets her know that they are ready to stop. That normally means breastfeeding for 2+ years. I have never heard this being related to baby food, although I think a lot of moms add breastmilk to their baby food, but that’s not baby led weaning.
Post # 15
My mom made food for my younger brothers (14 & 16 yrs younger) and she would just puree whatever we were eating either in the blender or with an immersion blender and as my brothers got older she would leave tjhe food more and more chunky. It was a really good way for the to progress and now they will eat anything in sight!
Post # 16
@jaylii9: Hmm The article that I read on wikipedia, made it sound like it is more about going from breastmilk to food the baby feeds themself- as opposed to pre-processing it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby-led_weaning
I could be totally wrong, but I like the idea of giving the baby solidish foods and watching them learn to feed themselves, and not just because babies are adorable covered in sweet potatoes.