New Mom Tip #5: Homemade Baby Food

November 9, 2009 | By | Comments (13)

PotatoesNow that my little one is four and a half months old, our doctor has pronounced her ready to try solid foods. Of course, solid," in baby world, is a relative term, referring to pureed fruits and vegetables that you could all but suck through a straw. Good thing, since baby is all gums and no teeth.

Way back last summer, before I was pregnant, I somehow foresaw the need for a freezer full of frozen pureed veggies. We had joined a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program called Grow Alabama, and we always had oodles of leftover vegetables at the end of each week. Although I wasn't pregnant at the time, I started making homemade baby food, freezing in little zip-lock bags. (If you're wondering just how many freezers I have in my house for all these casseroles, baby food, etc…the answer is: TWO!). 

The good news is, making your own baby food is really super easy. Plus, it's free of additives and preservatives, and organic (if you buy organic ingredients, of course.) Even better news: It lends itself to making big batches that freeze well and can get you through a week or more at a time.

My simple recipe:

1. Cut vegetables (mainly sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash) into bite-sized pieces.
2. Boil in water until soft.
3. Puree in a blender.
4. Freeze.

I am thrilled to test my organic, homemade baby food out on my little one. I'll give an update on how she is progressing with this process. If you have a favorite homemade baby recipe, tool, or tip, please leave a comment below. I'd love to try them out and let you know what products work best!

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    October 11, 2010 at 8:41 am
  5. AP mom

    I’m also disappointed. I was at a bookstore today and picked up a Cooking Light cookbook for children. It clearly listed guidelines for infant feeeding from birth to 4 months then from 4 months to 6 months. Of course the book suggested that the parent should consider introducing solids at 4-6 months.
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    September 4, 2010 at 9:45 pm
  6. Shannon Jones

    I’m disappointed that your magazine promotes starting solids at 4 months old when The American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, and many other health organizations recommend that babies be exclusively breastfed (no cereal, juice or other foods) for the first 6 months of life. Your magazine comes across as untrustworthy when you spread out-of-date information like this.

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    My sister does this. I think it is a waste of time when you can just buy it.

    December 21, 2009 at 10:25 am
  9. Andy

    “If you don’t like to eat it, why would they?” this is a simple fact I missed out until I saw the video of Chef Jehangir Mehta http://jehangir.blip.tv/file/2698475/. Thanks to him, now I try to be innovative while preparing food for my kids. In the process I have discovered many spices that are healthy and also appealing to their taste. I am thrilled about my new hobby that of cooking. I appreciate Chef Mehta for his recipes, which helps me keep up with what my kids like, rather than making something they won’t eat.

    December 17, 2009 at 10:42 pm
  10. Kristine

    I have been making baby food and purees for over 3 years now. Instead of boiling the vegetables I like to roast them in the oven or, in some cases steam. This preserves all the nutrients that are lost in the boiling water. Try roasting sweet potatoes, yams, butternut squash then scoop out into a food processor with a small amount of water to make the right consistency. Also throw a 1/2 cup into meatloaf, mac and cheese, and taco mix to add extra vitamins!

    November 18, 2009 at 3:47 pm
  11. citypixie

    That is a brilliant use of CSA surpluses! And what a great way to introduce your child to new flavors — even some that you may not like so much yourself! I agree, making baby food is so easy and there are many benefits: healthier, more flavorful, more variety, economical (esp if you want to incorporate organics). I post weekly updates featuring simple, quick recipes using seasonal ingredients on my blog: citybaby.posterous.com. This week I cover fresh fruit. Last week was beets.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:20 am
  12. Ellen

    Check out http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com. I have used many of the recipes for my son who is now 8 1/2 months.

    November 10, 2009 at 3:28 pm
  13. Kim

    I made my own baby food and really loved knowing what was going into the food my kid was eating. My husband bought me a Beaba Babycook, a cute little green-and-orange appliance (French, I think) that steams and purees. I liked that it shut itself off so that in my sleep-deprived state I didn’t have to worry about forgetting and burning anything on the stove. I froze the purees in ice-cube trays with little lids. Hubby also bought me little jars with a rotating dial on the lid that indicates the date so I could tell what was old in the fridge. Now my son (2) will eat all sorts of things.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:02 pm

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