Are you a new mom? Are you contemplating on making your own baby food at home for your little one? You always hear about the bad stuff in our food these days, and that really persuaded me to make my own for my first born, Ethan. I believe it got him started on the right foot, and he became a really great eater of fruits and veggies his first couple years of life. Now is a different story being 3 1/2. He’s a picky little bugger, but things are looking up! Anyway, I did my intense research about which containers are best, how do you do it, recipes, etc. I purchased 2 different types of containers. My first purchase was a Mumi & Bubi solids starter kit off of Amazon. It is designed especially for freezing baby food. It is non-toxic, polypropylene, and top shelf dishwasher safe. The trays are also certified free of phthalates, PVC, and BPA. It comes with 2 trays in a box and each try holds 21 cubes of baby food, which is about 2 tablespoons or 1 ounce. What I loved about these trays is that they came with a lid. Most that I was finding didn’t and I wasn’t too keen on just putting a plastic wrap over the food and hoping it would work. The lids have grooves in the top for easy stacking in your freezer. The lids locked great which eliminated spills, contamination, and freezer burn. They were a bit hard to get the baby food out, so I had to dig around the internet and came across some tips. Simply press on one side of the cube (I used a spoon) and it will slide out the other end. No need to try and twist the freezer tray. I also turned it upside down right when I took it out of the freezer and held it under hot water.
These trays are also great for storing breast milk, or freezing meals for older babies. When your kids get older you can use these trays for freezing ice-blocks, smoothie treats, soup stocks, craft storage and more!
I also, purchased green silicon containers. I honestly loved the shape of these better than my Mumi & Bubi containers. I liked how they were square and when I put these in freezer safe quart size zip lock baggies they layed nicer in my freezer. BUT, I didn’t like how they didn’t have a cover. I used saran wrap to make a shield, but you had to be very careful when it was liquid to put it in the freezer and hope that you don’t spill it before it starts to freeze.
This is where I purchased the Mumi & Bubi trays. The green square silicone one I got from a local kitchen store.
Making your own baby food can be less expensive then buying the jars at the store. You get to choose what your baby is exactly eating.
When should you start feeding your baby solid home made food?
-Every baby is unique but they are usually ready between 4-6 months. Different websites and books will say different months, but this was the most common.
Here is a good way to know that your baby is ready:
-Your baby can consume 32oz of breast milk or formula a day
-Your baby’s birth weight has doubled
-Your baby can hold his neck steady and sit up with support
-Your baby shows interest in food and what you are eating
-They lean towards a spoon with an open mouth when hungry or leaning away when full.
I also only started with one food for two to three days just to make sure they weren’t allergic to something. You can also add rice cereal with your home made baby food.
I mostly stuck to carrots, broccoli, pears, strawberries, bananas, apples, guacamole, peaches etc. I wish I would have ventured out a little more, but I guess it all worked out still.
Here are some recipes to try:
BABY’S FIRST OATMEAL
3/4 cup water, 1/4 rolled oatmeal
1/4 cup breast milk or formula.
Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Add the ground oatmeal while stirring constantly. Simmer for 10 minutes, whisking constantly. Mix in formula or breast milk and let cool and serve at room temperature.
1 apple, or 1 pear etc
1/4-1/3 cup water
Add your peeled apple or other fruit in small slices to a pan of boiling water, cover and reduce heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes or until the fruit is soft. Check to see if you need to add more water. Allow mixture to cool slightly and then add the fruit and water in a blender.
1/2 small ripe avocado
Peel and pit the avocado. Scoop out the flesh and mash with the back of a spoon. Add a tablespoon of breast milk, formula, or water if the consistency is too thick.
I found these recipes in the book, “The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet” by Karin Knight and Tina Ruggiero. (I posted a photo of the book above)
As your baby gets older you can still make your own baby food, just don’t puree it as much. Adding oatmeal or rice cereal with help with making it a little chunkier where they will learn to chew.
I hope this helps and if you need any suggestions or tips, feel free to contact me!! <3