We have reached another baby milestone and we are excited to start feeding Reese solid foods. I began to ask some friends and look on Pinterest for DIY Homemade Baby Food recipes. What I found out is that making baby good is surprisingly easy, fun and much cheaper than purchasing baby jars at the store. Don’t get me wrong, there will be times when I don’t have time to prepare baby food and will use the store bought food. But, for now we had some time over the last week to make veggies for her. The great thing about this process is that the frozen baby food can last up to 6 months in a freezer and it only takes 15 – 30 seconds to defrost them in the microwave to serve.
For our first time making baby food, we used the following supplies and food items:
- Ziploc Freezer Gallon Bags
- Ice Trays
- Cuisinart Smart Stick Blender
- Steam bag veggies – Peas, Green Beans, and Squash
- Organic Fruits: Bananas and avocados
- Organic mini peeled carrots
- Sweet Potatoes
- Electric Vegetable Steamer (for the carrots)
(Make sure you wash and rinse all foods properly)
For Avocados and Bananas:
No need to steam, simply take the insides and blend them with the smart stick blender until pureed.
Steam bag veggies: For this cooking session, we bought sweet peas, green beans, and squash already came in a steambag. It’s fairly simple when using steam bags. Simply heat the bag in the microwave for the indicated time, let it cool for a few minutes and poor out the veggies into the blending container.
Sweet Potatoes – Bake first at 425 degrees for 45 minutes. Be sure to poke holes throughout the potato before baking. Once cooled, scoop out the potatoes.
Carrots – We did not have them in a steam bag so we busted out our steamer that we got as a wedding gift and steamed them for 15 minutes.
For some of the foods you will need to add some water to make the substance not as thick, especially if your baby is just learning how to eat solids. We did not have to add any water to the bananas. Play it by ear and add as much as water as you desire. The experts say to use the water that you got from steaming because it has more nutrients in it.
Once you are finished with blending the food, simply spoon it into the ice cubes. Each ice cube should be about an ounce of food.
To serve, simply place the food cube in a microwavable safe bowl and heat for 15 – 30 seconds. Let it cool and serve to a happy baby!
This is Reese after trying avocados for the first time.
If you find that your baby does not like a food, try mixing it with breast milk or formula so it’s a familiar taste for your baby. Remember that sometimes it can take your baby 10 times trying a food before he or she likes it. Also, when you are first trying solids, try a food at least 4 times before moving on to the next or mixing with others so if your baby has an allergic reaction you will be able to pinpoint what food is causing it.
The food I prepared was very basic, but you can get creative and offer your baby more flavors after they get it down. Here are some other great blogs that I found when doing my research to teach you in more detail how to cook various foods for your little one.
Rust and Sunshine: Homemade Baby Food Guide – Includes more details on how to make prunes, apples, and meats.
Jen Loves Kev– Recipes for homemade baby food with special spices and ingredients mixed within
The Best Baby Food Grinders – Article including different equipment to blend your baby food if you want to get really fancy.
Daily WT – Even more baby food options!