When it’s time to introduce solid foods to your baby, your options are endless and not every choice is created equal. There are many store bought options many of which are natural, organic and easy to come by. However, many moms feel the need to control what’s in their baby’s food and pad their budget by making their own baby food at home.
Homemade baby food doesn’t have to be complicated and is often as easy as steaming and blending fresh produce. Keep reading to learn more about homemade baby food as well as a few tips on how to save money by making your own!
When you did your baby registry, you likely noticed that there are baby food makers specifically designed to help you DIY. These items can be helpful, but are often a bit on the expensive side and not necessary for getting started. All you need to start making your own baby food is a pot, a blender or food processor, and a way to store your homemade recipes. If you find that you enjoy the process of making homemade baby food you can always upgrade.
Easy Recipes to Get You Started
To get started, you’ll want to try single-ingredient foods, one at a time. Your first recipes will be freshly steamed veggies or fruits, pureed into a soft and spoonable consistency. Some items like bananas and avocados are already soft and ready to go! When you’re ready to mix ingredients try one of these recipes:
Homemade Beef and Broccoli – All you need is sirloin steak, low sodium beef stock, and broccoli to make this easy recipe. Start by cooking your steak and broccoli and then puree it into a soft texture with a bit of stock.
Beets and Blueberry Mash – This colorful baby food consists of two simple ingredients, cooked and pureed. This is fantastic mixed into a bowl of cooked, rolled oats for babies 10-12 months old.
Carrot Applesauce – This blend of favorites packs a lot of nutrition into an easy to prepare recipe. Simply cook your apples and carrots with a few spices before pureeing. This is a recipe your whole family will enjoy!
Cherry Mint Yogurt – If your baby is old enough to handle dairy, try this easy cherry mint yogurt. You may end up stealing some for yourself.
Storing Your Homemade Baby Food
If you enjoy making your own baby food, you’ll want to develop a storage system that works for you. Ice cube trays can be an easy way to freeze and store batches of baby food, when you’re ready for it, simply grab a few cubes and thaw. You can also purchase small, BPA free plastic containers for refrigerator storage, which is your best option for taking baby food to go.
A Few Things to Remember
As you approach introducing solids, remember that each mother has a unique approach to feeding their child, from baby-led weaning to store bought jars of strained peas. It’s important to make the decision that you feel is best for your family.
Be sure to communicate with your pediatrician about when they feel is best for your baby to start solids and which foods they recommend starting with. Introduce new foods one at a time to gauge you how baby reacts to them, especially when it comes to high allergen items such as strawberries and peanut products.
Do you enjoy making homemade baby food for your little one? Tell us all about your favorite recipes and tips in the comments section below.
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