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Homemade Baby Food

Homemade Baby Food

Ever since I was pregnant, I have loved the idea of purchasing local grown, organic and seasonal foods to feed to my daughter when she started solid foods. Making your own food is extremely economical and can save you a lot of money over time. Also, I really enjoy being a part of the food making process and knowing exactly what she’s consuming. So, the decision to make homemade baby food was a no brainier.

Store bought baby food, even the organic stuff, is cooked at extremely high temperatures to kill bacteria and to increase its shelf life. Though that may seem like a good thing, it also means that essential nutrients and vitamins are also lost in the cooking process. In hearing this, you might think that buying organic baby food would be the obvious choice if you want your child to get all of the beneficial nutrients and vitamins. However, I was mortified to hear that a good friend of mine opened an organic food container and found lumps of mold in it!

Even though our pediatrician told us that she could start having baby food at 4 months old, I’ve been waiting for Haddie to give us signs that she was ready for it. Over the past few weeks, she has been hungry after feedings, restless during naps, and chewing on her fingers. She also has a bottom tooth that is just beginning to poke through the gum. So, I decided it was time to start solids. Hadleigh started out with rice cereal mixed with breast milk once a day. After a week, we gradually increased her to two meals of rice cereal a day. Now that she has mastered that, we decided that she is ready for fruits and veggies. We chose to start her on foods that are easy to digest and have the lowest allergy risk.

Bananas are considered to be one of the best solid foods to introduce to your baby because their allergy risk is very low and they are easy on baby’s tummy. They are also extremely easy to puree into baby food. I just broke an organic banana into 3 parts, placed it in the Baby Bullet, and added some breast milk. Voila, perfectly puréed banana baby food!
Note: the bananas will turn a light purple/pink color once they are puréed.

Sweet Potatoes are packed with nutrients and fiber. They also happen to be one of my favorite foods, and I try to make them weekly. However, they take a little more effort to puree. I first washed, dried and peeled the potatoes. Then, I cubed them and steamed them. Once they were squishy, I dumped them in the Baby Bullet, added ½ cup of breast milk, and pureed them.
 
Yellow Squash has Vitamin C and potassium and is great for building a stong immune system. It also happens to be pretty easy to puree. I simply washed, peeled, cubed, steamed, and then pureed the squash. Because it contains a lot of moisture already, I didn’t need to add any milk or water to the mixture.
All of this took a little over an hour to prepare and I had about a dozen dishes to wash afterwards. But, the result is 3 weeks worth of yummy organic baby food. I’m keeping some in the fridge to give to her daily and I am freezing the rest.

Next time, I’m going to set aside more time and add some avocados, pears, and apples to the list of starter foods. I hope this helps you make the decision to make your own baby food too. And if not, that’s ok! I even have some store bought jars stashed in the back of my pantry for those days when “I just can’t”.

 

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