I am a mom to three beautiful, crazy kiddos. I have always wanted to make my own baby food and have now successfully done it for all three. It really is very easy, does not require a whole lot of equipment, can save you a ton of money and can actually end up being pretty fun! My youngest is a little over 8 months and still has no teeth… so we are still using some purees as well as adding soft foods she can pick up and feed herself. Here I am going to include some of my tips and tricks for making your own baby food along with a few recipes.
When we started our oldest on solids I did not do very much research and went based on our Pediatrician’s guidelines. So we started her on rice cereal at about 5 months, progressed to veggies and fruit, then added more foods according to the guidelines we received from them. She did just fine but can be a little picky of an eater at times.
Fastforward to baby number two… At this time I was adjusting to having a baby and a toddler. I was also doing tons of research into leading a healthier lifestyle. So this time we delayed solids till after six months, skipped rice cereal all together and started with simple mashed, ripe avocado as his first food. We did some purees with him but did more of a baby lead weaning approach with him and just fed him bits and pieces of what we ate. To this day he is a very adventurous eater!
Now onto baby number three and I am taking the same type of approach as with my son. Abbie eats a brad variety of food and we still haven’t found a food she doesn’t like. This is the first season we purchased a CSA share of a local farm. So this has made making Abbie’s food a little easier. I have just been steaming up combination from our weekly basket and throwing them in the Vitamix, and voila dinner!
OK here are a few tips I have when making your own baby food.
- Try a single food for a few days to be sure baby does not have an allergic reaction. With Abbie we started with only avocado, tried that for a couple days then moved on to squash then sweet potatoes and so on.
- Try veggies first, and offer each new food a few times, even if baby doesn’t seem to like it. This is all new to them and sometimes takes a few tastes!
- Don’t be afraid to try new combination. Spinach, Pea and Pear? Sure! Squash, beet and apple? Of course! Get creative and your baby will thank you for all of the amazingness!
- As baby gets older add a little texture. Don’t puree the foods all the way smooth, leave a little chunk.
- After 8 months or so start adding some spice. Develop those taste buds! Cinnamon, curry, garlic, ginger, lemon and so many more can add to baby’s food. Follow the same rule when introducing spics as when introducing new food, try one for a few days then move on to the next. And keep a close eye for rashes, tummy upset or other signs of an allergy.
- Have fun! Starting solids with your baby is an amazing adventure for both you and your baby. Show them all the wonderful tastes and textures fresh, wholesome food has to offer!
And an EASY recipe good for babies over 8 Months…
Easy Oatmeal, Banana and Sweet Potato Puree
For breakfast we usually do some form of this oatmeal. I mix up the fruits and veggies based on what I have on hand. This usually makes enough for about a week and I mix in a little plain yogurt from our local Dairy for some gut promoting probiotics.
1 large sweet potato
1 cup of Steel Cut Oats (We use an organic and gluten free variety)
2 cups of water
- Steamer Basket
- Food Processor, Blender or Food Mill
- Ice Cube Trays
- Gallon Sized Freezer Storage Bag
- Peel and dice sweet potato
- Boil in two cups of water until soft
- Remove from heat and add oats, let sit unit oats are soft. It will seem like there is too much water but once pureed the water will be absorbed and it can end up a little thick
- Combine oats and sweet potato in blender with banana
- Puree until desired consistency
- Add extra water if puree is too thick
- Can keep in air tight container in fridge for up to 4 days, freeze in a ice cube tray and transfer to gallon zip lock bag for more long term storage
Hopefully your little one enjoys this as much as mine does! Stay tuned for more to come! I look forward to your comments!