I started both my girls on baby purees around four months of age. I know baby led weaning is all the rage right now, but I just don’t want to do that for many reasons. I really like feeding my gals their first foods. I think it’s fun to see what they like!
I skipped the rice cereal with both of them and went straight to fruits and vegetables. It is just what worked for us, and my doctor saw no reason not to.
With both Nora and Ivy I do a combination of homemade baby food and store bought. I had grand plans of making everything on my own, but after going through the experience with Nora I found a system that worked perfect for me. Some foods are so easy to make we already have them on hand, while others seem to be more trouble than they are worth putting the time into.
I do like knowing exactly what is in the food and I feel like the flavors are more authentic to what they will eat later since nothing else is added to them except water. I think many moms think that making your own baby food is complicated, and while it does take a little time it is really so simple.
The foods I make are: peas, sweet potato, carrot, avocado, apples, pears, mango, banana.
Anything else, I buy. I have found that some of the other foods take more time and steps to make. They are just easier to buy.
The ones I make on my own are easier than one, two, three! All you need is the food and some water. As baby grows you can make combinations or add in rice cereal or oatmeal to the foods! I don’t use any measurements, I just eyeball it until it looks right. This is nice because you can adjust as your child can eat thicker foods. You have complete control!
You don’t need a special tool or machine. I use our Ninja Blender, the same one we use to grind coffee, make smoothies, salsa, and milkshakes.
Homemade Baby Food
|What You Need|
Fruit or Vegetable of you choice
|What You Do|
Remove all stems, peels etc. Then steam or cook your fruit or vegetable until it is very soft. The softer you cook the food, the easier it is to blend and get the right consistency.
Let it cool down just a bit, but I have found it works so much better if it is still warm when you mix it.
After is has cooled 5-10 minutes, place the food into a blender with a little bit of water. Blend it up until smooth. I am always conservative with water to start and add more as I need to.
Place in storage containers, or ice cube trays and refrigerate or freeze.
*Keep in refrigerator for 2-3 days and freezer for 3-6 months.