Anyone Else?

14 posts / 0 new
Last post
KET_2010's picture
Joined: 08/13/11
Posts: 1737
Anyone Else?

Once Desmond starts getting solid foods regularly, I plan on making his food this time around. Has anyone ever made their own baby food? Is anyone else planning on doing this too?

AnnaRO's picture
Joined: 07/06/08
Posts: 7033

I 'plan' to, but I 'planned' to last time and never did, so we'll see how it actually works out.

Joined: 02/10/08
Posts: 485

I made pretty much all of DSs food. We have a Babycook, and although it's certainly not necessary, it certainly makes things easier. DS didn't start eating 'real' food until he was about 16 months! I was starting to get pretty sick of making his food by then, but I tried about every brand of jarred food I could find and he wouldn't touch the stuff!
I plan to make Ella's food as well - hopefully she will be more interested in the real stuff sooner than DS was!

Joined: 01/16/07
Posts: 951

not close yet but we're at the other end of the age group.....plan to though, I saw an infomercial for a blender and they took a frozen bag of peas and pureed it then froze in icecube trays. Did not know that, I thought everything was to be cooked first. I did the icecube tray last time but not as much as I should, I have a blender this time around so plan to do more

Joined: 02/10/08
Posts: 485

I made pretty much all of DSs food. We have a Babycook, and although it's certainly not necessary, it certainly makes things easier. DS didn't start eating 'real' food until he was about 16 months! I was starting to get pretty sick of making his food by then, but I tried about every brand of jarred food I could find and he wouldn't touch the stuff!
I plan to make Ella's food as well - hopefully she will be more interested in the real stuff sooner than DS was!

Dixiemom1st's picture
Joined: 09/07/07
Posts: 620

I have made food for both of our kids so far and plan to for this one as well. I use my food processor and ice cube trays to freeze it and then put it in a plastic bag in the freezer. I usually bake everything I can and steam everything else. (baking and steaming in better then boiling ). I love the site Wholesome Baby food http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/. Great Information and ideas. I do not get very fancy and keep it simple. I find the fruit gets quite runny, so I freeze in the trays after baking and then after I thaw it, I add infant cereal until it is the right consistency.

KET_2010's picture
Joined: 08/13/11
Posts: 1737

For the mommies who have made their baby's food before, do you suggest any certain appliances? I have a blender lol. I have seen the Baby Bullet that comes with a steamer and blender and stuff, but was wondering if maybe just a food processor would be better. Also, what about making your own baby juice? Ha I just thought about that, although it's not like I would be giving Des juice anytime soon other than boobie juice Smile

I have 5 ice cube trays so I can freeze them and then bag the food, because I had read that before. I also have pages bookmarked on how to do it, but I wanted you ladies' opinions on what were your "must haves" to make your baby food.

mommyof1.5's picture
Joined: 08/06/07
Posts: 897

I also made baby food for my kiddos. I just used a blender or food processor (whichever was most conveniently located at the time) and used ice cube trays. I had to have a few thin spatula because the blades always got in the way of the spatula when stirring. I would do 2 weeks worth of a food at a time. The second week, we would be trying a new food- so we ended up with 1 week of each food leftover and could create a rotation. My theory on feeding babies is that I will only give veggies for the first several weeks, so they like the taste of veggies and don't reject them for fruit. Of course, this is just an idea I came up with and I have no idea if it actually works, but my girls love veggies. We're also giving Eli 1oz prune juice with 1oz water every day, for his constipation... that's super fun. Blum 3

KET_2010's picture
Joined: 08/13/11
Posts: 1737

This is my 3rd baby and I had actually never heard of giving veggies before fruits until recently. I thought that was weird, but then again with this pregnancy was the first time I had heard of midwives and stuff too lol.

I bought a steamer yesterday that fits in the microwave. It's a smaller one that I read good reviews about and people actually said they used it when making baby food because it would make the perfect amount (just a small serving) so I'm pretty excited about that!

jolly11sd's picture
Joined: 02/02/05
Posts: 3327

Making baby food is fun. I did it for my 2 older boys and will do it again this time. With DS1 I used our blender and steamer basket in a regular pot on the stove. With DS2 I got one of those little baby blender/food processor things that also steams (its not the Bebe one but just like it) and it isn't any faster or less work so I should have just stuck to the stuff I already had. Plus it makes way less and making in bulk was actually more effective. I also use ice cube trays to freeze and some glass tupperware stuff to store 2-3 days worth of just made stuff.

Lolkje's picture
Joined: 08/24/09
Posts: 90

I made a lot of DD1's food in the steamer and food processor until I went back to work. Then I didn't have time anymore. Advice about peas: get the pre-shelled kind if you can. DD1 didn't like any texture in her food until she was a year old.

jhj
Joined: 08/06/11
Posts: 360

When my daughter was little I made all her food. I would roast/steam large quantities and then I actually just mashed most of the different veggies. She had lots of teeth and didn't have any problems with eating or swallowing so I didn't puree much. I have heard that if you puree for too long then some babies will start to not like texture (and we were too broke to buy any appliances). She was eating the same thing we ate by a year, so it was a short lived stage. So looking forward to getting Heidi eating and joining us at the table, only a couple more months!

Heather

Joined: 02/10/08
Posts: 485

We started J with veggies - and he loved them all except for peas. And now at two he won't touch them! lol... but he does love his fruit. So not sure it really matters if you start with veggies or fruit.

What I liked about the Babycook, rather than a stove top steamer was that I could set it to cook then if I got busy with other things, I didn't need to worry about it as it turned off when it was done. Then I could go back to it to puree later.

I did the ice cube tray thing as well, then everything went into ziplock baggies. We've only got the small freezer compartment on our fridge, so I coldn't make up a huge stock of food at one time, which was annoying. I wish we had a bigger freezer, because I'd get started now on making up things for Ella for later, now that all the fresh summer fruit is available... sigh....

I also recommend a great book by Annabel Karmel - 100 baby purees (or something like that) - it's got some great recipes for later on, when they're eating meat etc. J absolutely loved one that was made with Lamb and sweet potatoes! (I thought it tasted pretty darn good as well - which I would never say about any of the jarred stuff I occasionally tried to get him to eat! lol)

Joined: 06/15/11
Posts: 611

I have already started making baby food for Peyton and have a little stash going in the freezer. I plan to start him at 4 months, he has full head control already and starting to sit up by himself. He is such a big boy and more of the size of an 6-7 month old. He is picking stuff up already too.

I have steamed sweet potatoes so far and I will be using them as his first food. I just use my pot with steam basket and then put in my food processor. I much rather make it in bulk them a few servings at a time. I then free in ice cube trays.