(Closed) Homemade Baby Foods

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

I want to make my own baby food too, but I’m not even pregnant yet so have no advice sorry! Commenting to follow. 

Re iron, what about some mince? Lentils/beans/spinach are also good sources of iron. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

Also, I’m pretty sure steaming is best for Veges since they lose less nutrients that way. If that’s what you mean by how did you cook the food? 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

So we steamed and usually just fork mashed one ingredient at a time starting with sweet potato, avocado was an early favourite and so easy since no cooking needed. A book we loved was Start Fresh by Tyler Florence. As our daughter got older we started roasting fruits and veggies and using our immersion blender more. The flavour combinations were so good in this book (roasted bananas & blueberries…yum!) I’d lick the spoon myself! 

Spinach is great for iron. Once you introduce yoghurt one of our favorite combos was banana blended with spinach and plain yoghurt.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I made both my kids food. The idea can be intimidating, but it’s simple. 

How you cook the food depends on what you make. I steamed carrots and broccoli. I baked all fruits, potatoes, peas, and squash. Starchier vegetables cook better if you add a little water before covering, you don’t add any with fruits. When you are blending, just add a little water at a time until you get your desired consistency.

Prunes can be bought dried, steeped in water, and then pureed (no cooking). 

Be careful with bananas. They puree down to what seems a very small amount, and it is easy to give a baby more than one, which can quickly constipate. I suggest blending them one at a time until you figure out the measurement for one banana. 

Avocados are a great food to have for when you are out and about because you can just mash one as needed.

Start with green foods before orange, and then do fruit.

Once you work through different foods, you can start mixing combinations, or adding in fresh herbs like basil or parsley.

For iron, try iron fortified oatmeal. You can mix it right in with the purees you make. Also, if you accidentally add too much water to a puree, you can add oatmeal to thicken it back up as well. 

Also, if you happen to buy any baby food, make sure to save the containers and wash for your own stash!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

I made all my own. I used silicone icecube trays and froze it. The. I would defrost 1 or 2 cubes at a time for a meal. It was easier to make 6 peaches at a time then it was to always be pureeing.

I started mixing spinach with yogurt and berries and it was a hit.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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RoseandShine :  I made all my son’s food and it was great- I enjoy cooking. I cooked the foods in a cast iron skillet (which is a good way to add iron) or in a saucepan with coconut oil or a little olive oil (too much can be a laxative although I never noticed it bothering my baby). I’d add spinach to fruit mixtures, especially berries. I’d do savory ones with onion, lentils, peas, canned coconut milk, broccoli, etc, also a little mild curry powder or ginger. Ginger is good with fruits and carrots as well. It was just trial and error to see what he’d eat, but I tasted everything I made (it was good!!) and he liked almost all of it…except meat haha. I’d either freeze it in ice cube trays or put it in pouches. I’d say just get creative (while introducing new foods one at a time) and have fun! My son will be three in July and while he has picky times, on the whole he’s a great eater….he gobbled up mussels in ouzo mustard sauce when we were in Greece last summer :). 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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RoseandShine :  Yes, but you could always fill them half way up for now. Or just refrigerate the food, but then you’ll be making it more frequently (which might be fine!). Happy baby food making!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

I want to cook our baby’s food but haven’t looked into it much – are you all saying that you also cooked fruits? Like bananas? Is this to kill bacteria? It would never have occurred to me to cook an avocado or banana (or any fruit, really!)

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I have a great book called baby at the table which I’ll be using when we start weaning. 

One bit of advice my mum gave me was to not make all the food yourself and to use a couple of commercial ones (not sure if you have Ella’s kitchen in the US which are good) the reason was that she didn’t give my brother commercial ones and he wouldn’t eat them. If they were out and about it was easier to give him a jar of something but he wouldn’t eat it. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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SLOBee :  No, I don’t know of anyone who cooks avocados or bananas.  Cook hard foods that baby can’t eat as well raw or that you wouldn’t eat raw (carrots, butternut squash etc).  Some things like spinach should be cooked (or at least blanched) if you’re going to freeze since raw spinach shouldn’t be frozen. Fruits should be fine uncooked. Banana and avocado I would just mash a bit or serve in slices and let them play with it.  You can thin things with breastmilk at first and after you’ve introduced a variety of food you can also use almond milk to thin things (which is what I did, I liked to make peanut butter sauce out of pb and amond milk and toss that with banana chunks).

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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Twizbe :  Yeah, homemade sweet peas and jarred sweet peas are like a completely different vegetable. Took some getting used to for my baby but now she will eat both.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We did baby led weaning so we just gave her regular food…

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