Melissa's Cuisine: Homemade Baby Food: The Basics

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Homemade Baby Food: The Basics

Have you considered making your own baby food?  It's simple, healthy, and budget friendly!  Not to mention fun!  This post focuses on the basic supplies you need to prepare your baby's food.
Melissa's Cuisine:  Homemade Baby Food: The Basics
So your baby is showing signs of being ready for solid foods.  Now what?  If you have thought
about making your own baby food, I'm here to help you!  Making baby food is quite simple, requires little to no special equipment, and takes very little time.  The health benefits of fresh food, along with the monetary savings are what convinced me to start making baby food for Summer.

Most pediatricians recommend breast milk or formula as the main source of nutrition for the first six months of your baby's life.  After that, they suggest starting your baby on cereals and fruits.

We started Summer on oatmeal cereal a little early because she refused a bottle and we thickened up her milk just enough for her to take it off a spoon.  Keep in mind that each child is different and it is best to consult your pediatrician before introducing new foods.  I started feeding Summer fruit just a couple weeks shy of six months.  Again, we started early due to her personal needs.  Also, most people recommend offering your child vegetables before fruits since once a baby tries fruit, they will often prefer the sweetness over the taste of vegetables.

Now that you've decided to make your own baby food, you'll need to gather a few supplies.  You will need a blender or food processor, microwave safe bowls (or steaming trays if you have them), and storage containers.  You can buy products specific for your needs, or use what you already have at home.

Here are the ones that I use:
Cuisinart BFP-703CH SmartPower Duet Blender and Food Processor, Chrome
KitchenAid Diamond Vortex 5 speed Blender- KSB1575ER
Vidalia Chop Wizard

Progressive International Microwavable Mini Steamer

Tovolo Perfect Cube Ice Trays


Fresh Baby So Easy Baby Food and Breast Milk Trays

OXO Tot Baby Blocks Freezer Storage Containers 2 Ounce, Set 6, Clear

OXO Tot Flip-Top Snack Cup, 2 Pack - Aqua/Pink

Making homemade baby food is fun for both the mom and the baby!  I love to try new food combinations and Summer loves to eat!  Now that you have all the necessary supplies, next week we'll talk about starting to make foods for your baby.

Do you make your own baby food?  Do you have an questions or recipes you would like me to share in upcoming posts?


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2 comments:

  1. Great information on making baby food. Thanks for sharing on Saturday Dishes. I pinned it!
    Blessings,
    Diane Roark
    recipesforourdailybread com

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  2. My daughter is 7.5 months and I've finally started making her food at home! I love knowing she's getting fresh fruits and veggies, and it is really such an easy process! I've only made sweet potato / cauliflower puree so far, but am planning to make some applesauce, carrot puree, sweet potatoes, and some green beans or peas this weekend for the coming week. :)

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