I’ll admit it took having three kids for me to finally get on board with making homemade baby food. With my first and second child, the thought of making my own left me overwhelmed.
But by the time my third child was born, I figured why not. What was the worst that could happen? End up giving her jarred stuff? Been there. But in all reality, my third child has a very easy-going personality and she’s got an appetite like Brad Pitt in Oceans 11. Thankfully, she’s loved every single recipe I’ve made for her. And most of what I make is heavy on the vegetables.
The way I see it, babies are only on purees for a few months so why not make it home. You can control what your baby is eating. No jars or bpa-lined packaging. Because even organic baby food comes in bpa-lined jars and pouches. Somewhere between months 8 and 9, most babies are over purées and that’s around the time to start introducing bite-sized solid food.
- Pick a couple days a week. I aim for Sundays and Wednesdays and make a couple batches for the week. If I make too much, I just freeze it. Use the ice cube tray trick or freezer bags.
- Most of my combos have three and even sometimes four ingredients. Depends on what it’s in my fridge. It’s a great way to get rid of overly ripe fruit and veggies.
- Keep frozen fruits and vegetables in your freezer. I especially love the frozen rainbow cauliflower from Trader Joe’s because you get three colors (white, green, and purple) and can beef up your baby food with whatever color that coordinates. Also if I buy too much fruit, I’ll clean it and throw it in freezer bags to use the next week or so.
- When I’m serving my youngest child food, I like to add spices like cinnamon, ground ginger or turmeric depending on what combo I made. I also share my scrambled eggs with her which has cayenne and black pepper in it (but I never use salt).
- Always save some of the cooking liquid from your fruits and veggies to thin out your purees. As your baby gets older, less liquid will be needed to make the recipes a little more chunky. This prepares them for solid bite-sized food.
- If possible, try to buy organic fruits and vegetables- as long as it’s affordable. If not, stay away from the dirty dozen.
- Try everything you make. Don’t serve your baby something you wouldn’t eat.
- Don’t be afraid to buy unusual fruits or vegetables. I use chayote (Mexican squash) all the time and my daughter loves it. It helps with constipation and is mild in flavor. I also use Korean squash since my husband is Korean and my MIL buys it for us sometimes.