Homemade Baby Food

As you might have gathered by now I do try to do things as natural as possible for my girls, and that includes making their baby food at home. Alongside with using cloth diapers I believe this is one of the best things you can do to give a child a healthy start to life. It is simple, inexpensive and the benefits far outweigh the effort. By making all our own baby food I know exactly what my children are getting (no added sugars, preservatives, etc).  I use this website as a guide- http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/ It has tons of great information about when and how to introduce solid foods, how to cook and store the foods, and the nutrients contained in each food. It is a great website.  Making baby food is also much less expensive than buying those premade baby foods. For example- I picked up some butternut squash on sale at my grocery store. It was already cut and cubed ready to cook, for .82 cents. I bought two bags ($1.64). It made over 50 servings. That is .03 a serving! The average price I have seen for store bought baby food is $1.29 for a two pack. Even if you were to pre-split this package into four servings that is .32 cents a serving. 10 times as expensive! Pre-splitting is important because once a baby starts to eat from a container any unused portion must be thrown out due to bacteria in the baby’s mouth.  Using ice cube trays to freeze food yields about 1- 1.5 ounce servings… especially helpful when baby is just starting solid foods and won’t eat as much. Most people wouldn’t need to buy any special equipment to make baby food either. I use a pot (when steaming or boiling), pan (for baking or roasting), a food processor (a blender would also work) and ice cube trays. Here are some pictures of the process.

Published in: on August 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

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