So, I recently saw an article that talked about finding heavy metals in baby food, here is the link if you’re curious to read up on it… When I read this, I wasn’t really giving Lily food at the time, I had boughten a couple of baby food jars just to try them out, but nothing consistent.
I knew from the beginning that I wanted to make my own baby food and reading that article just put a cherry on top of ten other reasons why I should. But I had no idea where to begin. And if you’re reading this, that’s probably why you’re here too.
So first, I want to just put it out there that you should get your pediatrician’s opinion/recommendation about when to start solids. I did happen to get Lily’s pediatrician’s approval at her 4-month appointment because she could support herself really well but after a few runs with baby food, I decided to wait
I do want to say that it’s recommended that you wait until 6 months so that their digestive systems are a little bit more developed – this actually had a lot to do with my decision… I could tell that Lily was not ready in more ways than one. So, trust your gut, mama, you know your baby best. There’s absolutely no rush and you certainly do not want to start your baby’s journey with negative experiences.
Then I set out to figure out what things I would need in order to make this easy on myself in terms of how I would freeze it, how I would store it, and how I would serve it.
Here’s the list of things I use:
Freezer Ziplocks: I didn’t cheap out on these ones, I bought the true name brand and everything simply because I really wanted them to be able to preserve the freshness as best as possible. (I’m still looking for a low waste alternative for these, but since they’re frozen before being put in a baggie, I simply scratch out the date and if the bag is still in decent shape, I reuse it for the same fruit or veggie.)
Kiddo Feedo: You can always use an ice tray, but I personally LOVE this one. I looked at quite a few of them before I purchased just so that I could make sure that it was going to be everything I needed. I love that it has 2 different ounce markings (1 and 2 oz) so that I could measure out what I wanted… It has literally made all the difference when knowing how much to give my baby at a time!
And the food grade silicone makes it super easy to take the baby food pods out to transfer into a ziplock bag. It’s microwave, dishwasher, freezer, and oven safe. (Plus, when you’re done using it for baby food, you can make giant ice cubes or freeze broth or like one of the Amazon reviewers said, she used it to pour left over smoothies in so it wouldn’t go to waste and so that she could just pop it in the blender when she went to make a new smoothie – just had to mention that because it is genius! Ya’ll know that fruits and veggies can get expensive.) Also please read the care instructions as it explains how to keep it from staining (if you care about that sort of thing like me).
I also want to mention that it would be a smart idea to buy more than one if you’re planning on making several different types of baby food at once, other wise the process might just take a little longer since you’d have to wait for the baby food to freeze before making another batch.
Blender: Personally, I wouldn’t go out and get a special baby bullet or anything like that… I’ve found a regular blender works, especially since you’re going to be making little batches over single servings.
But okay, let’s get on with how to actually make the baby food…
You can look up a list of baby foods to try if you’d like but I’ll share the few that I tried with my little one…
It is recommended to only offer a baby single types of foods at first, just in order to make sure if they are allergic to something, you can
For the bananas, I waited until they were a little a little spotted but not too much (I find organic bananas stay fresher even after they start spotting). Then I blended 2 smallish-medium sized bananas with about 4-6 ounces of filtered water (you’ll need to get a feel for how runny you want it to be), and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to keep it from turning brown (watch for the seeds). It made about 9 oz of baby food, so it filled the each of the cavities on tray to the 1 oz mark.
The avocados were a little trickier especially since they tend to over ripen after a few days… If the little stem comes off easily, it generally means the avocado is good for consumption. I used two small avocados and blended it with 4-6 ounces of filtered water. Again, I managed to get about 9 oz, filling the entire tray to the 1 oz mark.
For the apples, I first made sure to pick an apple that wasn’t super tart… I washed and peeled the apple, cored it, and cut it to cubes then added about 4-6 ounces of filtered water along with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. This one was a little harder to get a smooth texture too because of the pulp, therefore I added a little more water and blended it a little longer. I used one apple and it got me another tray of 9 oz of baby food.
You can continue the same process for several other types of fruits and veggies, though for veggies – like carrots – you might have to steam them to soften them up a bit first. You can also opt for using breastmilk instead of water for added nutrients, just remember to use fresh breastmilk because
As you can see, making baby food is super simple and easy! Don’t let it intimidate you or keep you from saving some real money. Now that my daughter is a little older, I’ll be starting to mix her fruits and veggies so I do have some real recipes for you and your little one in an upcoming blog post – be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss it!