Why Homemade Baby Food is Better


They are what they eat…
Have you ever contemplated whipping up your baby’s food at home rather than relying on canned purees and boxed treats? Here, one mom shares her experience making her son’s food herself.

I am proud to say that I made all of my son’s baby food. But before you start rolling your eyes at the idea of my being a Martha Stewart wannabe, I have to tell you: it’s much easier than you may think. After the first few batches, I became a pro at pureeing and concocting my own special mixtures of super-nutritious blends.

Start small. I began with the starter foods, one at a time to ensure there were no allergies, and after a few weeks I’d start to mix fruits and veggies, veggies and meat, etc. Cook fruits and vegetables as little as possible; you want them soft enough for baby to eat, but you don’t want to overcook them and lose all of the nutritional value. Reserve the water you use for cooking your veggies to thin other baby foods, such as meat which can be too thick–the veggie water has vitamins too! Then, start adding in some herbs and spices. Not only are these incredibly healthful, but it helps to expand your child’s palette, as well. Cinnamon is super beneficial, as is turmeric, parsley, flax, chia, and more.


Eat locally. I sourced local foods as much as possible: I hit local markets, we grew a lot in our backyard, or I would just ensure that I looked for locally-grown items at the grocery store as opposed to imported foods. This was pretty easy during the spring and summer seasons, but was more limiting in the colder months, so we froze a lot of berries in the summer as well as greens from the garden, and we dried out our fresh herbs.

Go big. I made large batches. Forget making enough baby food for a meal or even a day; if you’re going to endure all that prep work, you might as well make a whole bunch. It freezes beautifully: just spoon into ice cube trays (each ice cube is one serving size), and once frozen, pop the cubes out into a big Ziploc bag. That way, a meal is as simple as opening the freezer and grabbing a few different ice cubes.

Try soups and stews. They go a long way. It’s the perfect way to sneak in all sorts of extra veggies and other good stuff. However, you should only give this to your baby if you’ve tested all of the individual ingredients that go into that dish, i.e. carrots, potatoes, beans, turnip, leek, squash, peas, meat, etc.

Have fun. This food guide is incredibly handy: the “food ideas for baby” part at the end was clipped to the side of our fridge for months and has lots of fantastic suggestions on foods for your little one. The key is to not shy away from experimenting: try different mixtures and blends, taste it yourself and, most of all, make homemade baby food a fun experience.

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