Homemade Baby Food: My First Attempt

My baby has been eating baby food for about 3 weeks, and I finally made my own! I 21% want to post this to show off.  Just kidding (kinda).  I 79% want to post this to tell you if you want to do it too, it’s really easy and will save you money.

My first step: figuring out what to buy.  I didn’t have to try very hard because my sister-in-law did it first and told me exactly what to get.

Dex Baby Food Processor – which you see in the photo above.

I bought this from Walmart.com for $19.00 and chose site to store free shipping.  On Amazon, this same thing costs $34.99.

Healthy Meals for Babies & Toddlers Book

I bought this book from Amazon for $9.99.  It has 12 baby food recipes, and then more for first solids all the way through healthy meals for toddlers.  It is 95 pages and also gives nutrition, serving size, and storage information.

Once I had those, all I had to do was buy food, steam or boil it, and use my baby processor.  I’m sure many of you have been doing this for years.  If you have any tips for me, please share!

Comments

  • Renyel

    I made all the food for my baby (now 19 mo old) and it was so easy. One Sunday a month, I would make a bunch of steamed and boiled veggies, apples, chicken and even beef (steak cubes) and then pureed them separately. I poured the pureed food into ice cube trays and the next day put the “ice” cubes in gallon ziplock bags and labeled the bags with what was in it and the date. Anything in the freezer more than a couple months, you’ll want to throw out. Then each feeding time, you just need to get 2-3 cubes of veggies to one cube of meat and microwave them together. My little guy also loved mashed bananas and avocado…easy on-hand lunches for when we were out and about. You just mash up without cooking involved. I used the “Top 100 Baby Purees” book by Annabel Karmel ($4-$6) and loved the recipes.

  • kimberly

    I also did my own baby food. I started last summer when I was canning though. When I had extra peaches, pears, and appricots. I just put them in the baby food trays after I had blended them up and then into zip lock baggies also. I didn’t use them all so now I put the extras into my morning smoothies. It’s so much cheaper to do your own and it’s not that hard.

  • Angela

    Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron is a GREAT resource for what foods you can feed your child at what ages, how to process them, how to store them, etc. I made food for all 3 of my kids using that book and still hold onto it as a reference for canning/freezing produce.

    Also, as one of the other folks mentioned, ice cube trays are a great way to freeze portions of baby food. If you’re lucky, your local dollar store should have the ice cube trays in a 3 or 4 packs.

  • Magan

    I really don’t see why more people don’t do this, it saves so much money and it’s so easy. I would just set aside a day a cook, purée, and freeze. I used a book too but just my regular home food processor and blender. We only used canned baby food when on vacation.

  • I’ve been using http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/. It’s got all sorts of good information on feeding your baby and making your own baby food.

    • Courtney

      I totally agree. I love this site, there is so much information there. I especially love the quick print out that says what to feed them for each stage, 6-8 months, 8-10 months…

    • Rainy Simpson

      I even bought a few books…..and NEVER use them. This website has everything you need and more!

    • Kristi M.

      I was going to mention the same site. Love it. I too have a book but rarely refer to it. I love that this site tells you exactly how to make each food if you don’t already know how.

  • KD

    Making baby food was never an event for me or required a cookbook. Whatever we were having simply went in the mini food processor. If we were having foods that were completely inappropriate for a baby or could not go through a processor, then I would pull out a jar of canned peaches or pears and puree that up.

    • Marne

      Yep! Same here. I would also set aside a day to steam veggies, puree them, then freeze in small amounts. You don’t need a cookbook at all.

  • Sophie

    When I found out how easy and healthy homemade baby food is, I tried to talk my hubby into a second child just so i could do this (since I didn’t do it with my first)!! Too bad he didn’t go for it. 🙁

  • Vanessa

    I really enjoyed making baby food at home! Another great place to find recipes and ideas is to go to your local library and check out the baby food books there! Saves you the money to buy them and you have them for your cooking day!

  • jadell

    I use my magic bullet for purreeing foods. Often I will buy cans of veggies, rinse and blend. then freeze in ice cube trays. I have a few baby food containers that I keep on hand for when we plan to eat out or something like that. I put a few frozen cubes in, warm up to make it quite warm! Wrap in a bib and it will be ready when the baby is ready to eat at the restaurant. Add a bit of cereal, and liquid and you are good to go!

  • AJ

    Thanks for all the tips, I’m excited to use them!

  • Heather

    This will probably sound counterintuitive, especially in light of what many of the parenting books tell you, but- we pureed foods that we adults were eating, with small additions of milk or broth, to moisten. We never ran into any problems with either of our boys, doing so, and it saved us a lot of trouble, in that they were getting what we were getting. (It *does* help that we eat a pretty healthy diet to start with, but….) The only things that we didn’t feed them were highly spiced foods- at first. But by the time our oldest was 12 months, he was begging for homemade salsas and such, and we let him have ’em! So we followed suit with our second boy. They are the two healthiest, fastest-growing, and least sick kids I know of! Unless your little one has allergies or food intolerances, give it a go- seems like the more varied of a diet you start them with, the more open to new foods they are, later on. They’ll happily eat anything, now, even at their picky ages (7 & 4)- brussels sprouts? No problem! Stir-fry? You bet! Plus broccoli, carrots, peas….you name it, they LOVE it! You’re making a really smart first step with your baby, and you will see a major payoff, in terms of health, and later, in willingness to try a variety of foods. :o)

    • Julie

      I agree. I did this, too, and it made life so simple and also made them more adventurous eaters, so both my kids will eat just about anything.

      I made and froze baby food all summer when I was canning and putting stuff up from our garden, so we made baby food out of most of our garden vegetables, including beets (although those make for some very alarming diaper changes!) and broccoli and zucchini. I buy cases of peaches and blueberries and stuff anyway–that great Idaho fruit–to freeze in the summers, so I just did baby food at the same time, and we froze it in ice cube trays and then sealed them up. I still have a few cubes of the fruits left over that I put in smoothies. It was super cheap when it was food we had grown in the garden anyway.

      And our doctor comments every time we go in for their checkups about how he never sees us for “sick” visits, because my kids just never really get sick.

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