Homemade Baby Food
Getting What's Good for Your Baby
Freezing Homemade Baby Food
Homemade Baby Food
Editor's note: Please remember that at no time should you take any chances with your baby's health. If you have any questions regarding whether a particular food is healthy for your baby, ask your pediatrician. You should never risk your baby's health to save money.
Homemade Baby Food Recipes Desperately Needed!
My 7 month old baby will not eat any of the commercial baby foods available in small jars from the grocery store. He is also allergic to several foods. Can readers give me any advice on making home made baby food? So far, he only seems to want to eat barley cereal. He shuts his mouth tightly and turn his head at everything else!
Homemade Baby Food Recipes: Freeze and Pop
I have always bought fresh vegetables in bulk - e.g. carrots, potatoes, yams, string beans, etc. First, clean the vegetables and slice them small. Then, steam them is very little water in a pan with the lid on (by doing this, you lock in maximum vitamins).
When they are soft, put them (along with as much of the water from the pan as needed for a good consistency) in a blender or food processor and puree them according to the age of your baby. Extra fine is for the very young and a little more chunky for the older ones. For the younger ones, push the pureed food through a strainer for good measure. I also was able to include some leftover foods like roast beef (without seasoning) or stew.
Pour the puree into ice cube trays and freeze them. When they are frozen, pop them out and keep the "baby food cubes" in zip lock baggies. When it's feeding time, heat in a microwave or, better still, put in a container such as a baby food jar and heat in a pan of hot (not boiling) water until it's liquefied. Always test beforehand so it won't be too hot! (I wouldn't keep too much in the freezer at one time, maybe a one or two week supply for maximum freshness)
By doing this, my children got some very important things:
1) accustomed to a variety of things they liked (2 cubes yam + 1 cube beef stew)
2) an appreciation and love of veggies
3) the maximum vitamins and taste
Homemade Baby Food Recipes: Bring Grinder to the Table
I have a food grinder that I use with my children and I grind the food that we are eating that night. At times I have found that keeping food separate helps too. Don't add things like butter or salt and pepper to it either. Keep the food as natural as possible. Letting your baby feed himself might help, even if it is messy.
Homemade Baby Food Recipes: Great Book of Information
There are a number of good books out there explaining how to cook baby food. One I have called Mommy Made (and Daddy Too) Home Cooking for a Healthy Baby & Toddler by Martha and David Kimmel. It has recipes, an introduction schedule (what food to introduce at what age), yummy combinations, and nutritional information.
Making baby food is so easy! Basically you just steam the fruits and vegetables until very soft, grind them into a smooth consistency in a food processor or food mill, and you are done. I use old commercial baby food jars to freeze my homemade food. Then, I only need to cook every week or so. The book also recommends freezing the purees in ice cube trays for convenient servings.
Homemade Baby Food Recipes: A Great Book of Ideas
There is a wonderful book called Feed Me I'm Yours by Vicki Lansky. She explains how to make your own baby food and how to please picky toddlers. I have had 4 children and none of them were very fond of baby food that first year. As long as you baby is growing and the doctor says your baby is healthy don't fret. I know if you are breastfeeding that will continue to be the most important nutritional source that first year.
Homemade Baby Food Recipes: Remember Not to Over React
I am a RN in a pediatrician's office. Rule number one about feeding: Don't Panic. Remember, at 7 months a babe is still getting the bulk of calories and nutrients from formula/breast milk. Mostly, don't make an issue of it. If refusing food means getting your undivided attention and probably all kinds of sweet words and love, it quickly (and I mean at light speed) becomes a game. You know just like the drop all my toys out of bed game.
As far as making your own baby foods, do it while you make your own dinners. Be sure to pull out a tablespoon of the dish before spicing it up. Blend, process or finely mash. Do progress slowly as your child may have allergies.
Very soon now, your baby will have a well-developed pincer grasp with forefinger and thumb, which means finger foods! Offer a variety and let him do it himself, curiosity will do the rest.
Most of all don't make a battle over it. You can try slipping some fruit into his barley cereal. But don't worry, new foods will get interesting to baby soon. Learn to be calm and accepting of these food fads, they come and go. There will be the peanut butter jag, the hot dog jag and so on.
Babies and toddlers don't need special foods, just healthy foods prepared with an eye to their tastes (bland-ish) and chewing ability (questionable.) This way you can control babe's intake to avoid allergens, sugar, preservatives etc. And save tons of money not buying those expensive jars!