Making my daughter’s baby food has been one of the highlights of motherhood thus far.
I didn’t plan on making her food, never even thought about it; but when breastfeeding didn’t pan out like I had hoped I wanted to give her the best when it came to solid foods. I’ve always enjoyed baking and cooking so it all started and came about very organically.
I started to do a lot of research when our pediatrician explained at her 3 month wellness check there was not a lot of nutritional value in rice cereal bought from the store. She said that it was more about getting her ready for solid foods and eating from a spoon. She also explained it wasn’t necessary to start her out on cereal just because she was 4 months. My husband and I decided to wait for a little while longer because she was doing just fine on formula and sleeping throughout the night. Waiting until she was 5 months gave me time to do some research about what I could prepare for her.
We started with oatmeal and moved on from there. I took pictures of what I’ve made her and a quick run down of how I made it. I did this so I could make everything again…maybe use for future babies.HA, not quite yet. That will take some convincing my husband. I’m ready for more but he’s not yet. One day at a time! Back to baby food, I added a page on my site where I post what I’ve made her; feel free to check it out!
I’ve recently had some people ask about making homemade baby food so I thought I’d show just how simple it really is. When I first started I was afraid it would consist of so many steps and just be difficult. I worried how would I do this by myself with a baby that is constantly wanting my attention. I manage and after a few times it’s easier than you think. I think even if you don’t love to cook you could still enjoy making your own baby food; knowing you are giving your baby the absolute best. As a bonus we have saved so much money by making our own food; who doesn’t love to save money. Thus far I have made oatmeal, apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, banana, avocado, spinach, green beans, sweet potato, butternut squash, and kale. Basically, all there is to it is just washing produce, peeling (except apples I leave peel on), cutting in smaller pieces, steam, puree, freeze, store, and serve. The hardest part is really time. When my daughter is feeling extra clingy then it can get challenging but other than that it doesn’t take more than 30 minutes-1 hour. I’ve done everything without buying a baby food recipe book or anything. I looked up a few things but mainly I just use my knowledge from cooking previously.
I wanted to show a quick step by step of how I make green beans. I always get our green beans from a farmers market here in town and usually I wait until they are .99/lb. I recently got 5 lbs of green beans and made them all today while my daughter jumped in her jumper to nursery rhymes playing in the background. (this girl loves her music).
This was one bag of green beans. I ended up getting 6 full ice cube trays(96tbsp)+ 4 oz that I put in the refrigerator. So for $5 I have 100tbsp or 50oz of green beans. That will last us 2 1/2-3 months. 🙂
From start to end took 1 hour. That included getting baby out of her crib, changing diaper, playing with her, & getting a bottle for her in between some of the steps. 🙂 Probably 20 minutes was just clipping the ends off the green beans.
How I prepare her food for the day ahead is after I put her to bed I take out of the freezer what I want to feed her tomorrow. Breakfast: cereal+fruit Lunch: vegetable/fruit Dinner: vegetable+fruit
I place the cubes in containers and let them thaw overnight. When I’m ready to feed her I pop them in the microwave for 15-20 seconds and done!!!
We are starting to get to the point where she’s had the basics to put together some combination foods which I don’t know if it’s more fun for her or for me. Happy baby=Happy Mommy!!