Hi friends! Lets talk about baby food today! My son is a little over 9 months old and has been eating solid food since about 5 and a half months. We started off with rice cereal and then switched to oatmeal cereal. At 6 months we switched to actual food purees. As made obvious by the title, I make our baby food from scratch!
Some of the reasons I chose to do this are it being less wasteful, being more natural, and it tastes way better! I found out that conventional store-bought baby food can sit on the shelves for at least two years. I didn’t feel that my baby needed the preservatives that makes food last two years on a shelf, so I ventured to make it myself.
I started by purchasing an ebook by Stephanie Middleberg called “The Big Book of Organic Baby Food“. I purchased it for $4.99 on Apple Books but you can get it pretty much everywhere and a hard copy on Amazon if you’d prefer. This book gave me a lot of helpful information but most importantly, recipes! Truthfully when starting off with purees it’s as simple as chopping up the fruits or veggies, steaming them, and then blending them with the liquid of your choice.
I used to freeze my baby food in silicone ice cube trays and then take out what I needed when I needed it. But now that baby’s eating more food, I simply put it into these jars and freeze them. Then I take lunch and dinner out every morning and both baby and I are good to go. For the containers, I specifically wanted glass but you could easily find plastic ones if that’s what you prefer.
Foods that my baby has tried and liked are: sweet potatoes, carrots, all berries, apple, pear, all stone fruit, avocado, broccoli, spinach, and banana. Some foods he tried that he didn’t like are: green beans, beetroot, lentils, and pureed chicken.
For breakfast he has baby oatmeal. For lunch, fruit and yogurt, and for dinner, veggies. When we make the veggies, we add a bit of fruit or a sweeter vegetable so he likes it more. I try to use less and less each time so he learns to like the veggies on their own.
Making our baby’s food is something that I take great pride in doing. I feel very accomplished doing it and very happy knowing that my sweet boy is getting food that is natural and healthy.
If you have any questions or maybe you’ve been doing this for a long time and have advice I’d love to hear it in the comments.
Thanks for stopping by!