(Closed) Do you make your own baby food?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Blushing bee

We’ve just started solids but so far have used the store bought purees. I will make some things on my own soon but I feel like for this “tasting” time, it’s easier to just buy the little containers and see what he likes. … Also yes, there is very little spare time these days!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I started early, way sooner than Addie was actually ready to eat solids.  When she was about 4 months, I made a huge batch of applesauce; half we ate right away, half we froze in little containers.  After that, I tried to make one batch every weekend.  We had a good stash going by the time she actually started eating solids (6 months-ish) and I was able to continue with just homemade food until she was about 1 year, by which time she was eating a lot of “regualr” foods and didn’t need purees/mashed food anymore.

One thing I’d recommend is to always have a couple bags of frozen fruit or veggies on hand.  It’s super easy to get them cooked up in a small quantity, and you can just mash it with a potato masher or a fork, if you need to save some time.  Also, Addie loves avocados and bananas; since that’s easy food to prepare (just mash it up with a fork), we fed her either bananas or avocados like every day.  πŸ™‚  They’re also easy to take with you in the diaper bag, since homemade baby food won’t keep unrefrigerated.  

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

My sister and I did for my nephew.  Magic Bullets make it really easy, and we froze the puree into ice cube trays.  We’d have 4-5 different kinds of food cubes in the freezer at all times, worked like a charm.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper

Same as above poster, my kids made lots of veggies and used raw fruits and used the Magic Bullet too-and froze food in ice cube trays and then put them in little baggies.  Very easy.  

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Nope and I don’t plan to. My muchkin gets Earth’ Best organic purees. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Love all of the ideas, Bees! I definitely plan to prepare fresh baby food for my children someday, even though that is several years down the road.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

Like most people pregnant with their first I have every intention of making my own baby food πŸ™‚ But a couple of things make me pretty sure I will, most of the time. First, I make all our own food already. Darling Husband and I don’t eat much pre-made or pre-packaged stuff – I cook almost everything from scratch. If I don’t eat anything from jars I don’t see why bub should have to. I’m good at making batches of things and freezing it already. We have a food processor that makes it really easy, and it’s so much cheaper. I’m sure I’ll have jars on hand for emergencies or when bub is being looked after by others, but for the most part I’m hoping to make everything. Alternatively we might look into baby led weaning which would avoid much of the work anyway! I’ve normally heard it’s the second baby who doesn’t get anything homemade because then you are busy with two children instead of just one, but a friend of mine is still making everything for her second bub too so she is my inspiration!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We plan to make our own baby food. And after baby is eating a variety of individual foods, we’ll just grind up our own dinner and feed baby what we’re eating (as long as it isn’t too spicy).

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

In theory I would love to.  I totally got sucked into a baby bullet commercial the other day and I thought to myself ‘I MUST DO THIS”

the reality is I dont know how time consuming it will be.  With an already busy schedule I just dont know how realistic it is. 

Curious to know if any mommas have made their own food and if it was as time consuming as I assume it is.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We plan to buy a Baby Bullet and make our own food. Not only will it be better for the baby but will save us money as well. Plus I love cooking and trying new things so I look forward to this.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I always planned to make my own baby food and have been so far πŸ™‚ My son will be 8 months old next week and is not super interested in solids, but I’ve been making him purees since he was around 6 months. If it’s a fruit or veggie that needs to be baked or steamed, I usually puree one fruit or veg, freeze in a ice cube tray (i like the green spouts flexible ones, they are exactly 1 oz cubes and easy to get the food out of) and then store in freezer bags. If it’s a fruit or veggie that can just be mashed (banana, avocado), I just mash it and give it to him right away. I give him 2 oz servings (2 frozen cubes) or a few spoonfuls. It’s also good in the fridge for 2-3 days, so if I make a smaller batch I just store it in the fridge. So far he has tried sweet potato, apple, banana, carrots, avocado, pears, rice cereal, and oatmeal. It hasnt been too time consuming since he still mainly nurses πŸ™‚

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Oh, one tip is that if you’re thinking about getting a steamer or blender specific for making purees, it might not be worth it…I opted to get a hand stick blender so that I can use it for other things too, and just use a steam basket in a regular pot to steam (also, baking is great for retaining flavor). also, sometimes babies don’t care for purees and skip right to small finger foods, so it might be good to see what your baby likes πŸ™‚

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