Being a parent is the most rewarding experience I have ever had the privilege of being a part of. My wife and have a little one, our first, and every moment is a memory and every picture taken is happiness captured. While anticipating what life will be like after our first child we started looking into how to make homemade baby food. What we anticipated and what actually happened are two very different realities. Well, what happened is reality, what we thought would happen is most definitely a fairy tale.
One thing to keep in mind when searching for and making baby food recipes is there are certain age groups for different food. Make sure your child, grandchild, sibling, nephew, niece or any other relationship I forgot to mention is ready for solid foods; if you don’t know please go ask your child’s pediatrician.
There are two benefits of making your own homemade baby food: you control the ingredients and you control the cost. Cooking just about anything at home is cheaper than buying pre-made or going out to eat. This is also true for baby food. Plus you can buy local organic food to make your baby food recipes with. Why not give your child the best stuff possible and support local business and farmers. Here are a few of the recipes we tried and liked.
Your baby’s stomach is delicate and this will be their first solid food. Stick with single ingredient food every couple of weeks. Doing this will help alienate any reaction to food. The following recipes will be made with low acidic fruits and vegetables.
Sweet Potato Puree
-4 oz. diced sweet potatoes
-1 cup water
-Small sauce pan
Make sure the sweet potatoes are peeled before you proceed. Put the sweet potatoes and water into a pot. Bring the pot to boil for about 15 minutes. If the mixture is watery go ahead and boil it longer. If it’s too thick add some water.
If the sweet potato doesn’t break down use the back of the spoon to mash the sweet potato to the desired texture. In order to make the sweet potato purée smooth put it in a blender. If you have extra sweet potatoes put them in a container and freeze. Pull them out and microwave them in order use them for more meals.
-Small to medium pot with steamer basket
Peel the peaches and cut them up into small pieces. The larger the pieces the longer the boiling will take. Fill your pot with water just below the steamer basket; add the peaches and put the lid on. Bring the water up to a low boil for about 15 minutes. The peaches will be done once you can easily poke them with a fork. Take the peaches out of the basket placing them in the blender and purée. Immediately transfer the purée to storage containers and refrigerate or freeze. If you would like to feed your baby right away, just be sure they have completely cooled.
-5-10 large apples
-Small sauce pan
Wash, peel, core and cut the apples into small chunks or slices. When peeling and coring the apples make sure you get all the skin and seeds. Place the apples in a pot filling it with water so that the apples are barely covered. Bring the water to a boil until the apples are tender. A fork will easily slide into the apple when they are done. Place the apples into a blender with a slotted spoon, you don’t want to add to much water, and blend. Let the apples purée cool before you feed your baby. Put the extra purée into containers then it can go into the freezer.
At 7-8 months babies can start to eat meat purée and lentil purée. They are getting old enough to start eat a thicker purée and more protein. Make sure you are only trying one new food every couple of weeks in case your child reacts to a certain food. You want to be able to tell what caused the reaction.
For quick easy food take a fork and mush it. Apples, bananas, avocados and melons work really well for this. The chunkier food will facilitate chewing with those newfound teeth preparing them to eat grownup food. My child uses bananas as teething toys.
Peach and Banana Puree
This recipe should take all of 5 minutes to make. It really is that easy. Peel and chop both the peach and banana. Put them in a blender and blend until smooth. There is no boiling, cooking or preparation. That right there is an awesome recipe.
Apple and Oat Porridge
3 tablespoons Oats
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon Powder
1 teaspoon Sugar
1 cup Water
Peel and chop the apple into small pieces. Place the pieces of apple into a pan adding the oats, cinnamon and water. Bring the stove top to a low heat and cook until the oats have been completely cooked. Take the pan off the stove and let it cool. Once cooled place the mixture into a blender and mix it until it smooth. Sweeten with the sugar to taste.
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Why wouldn’t you make homemade baby food when it’s so easy to make? Preparing your own baby food puts the control back into the parent’s hands. You can control the cost of the food. You can control the quality of the food. Children are precious and we do what we try our best to give them the best. Enjoy making your own homemade baby food. If you have any recipes I would like to hear from you or even can write them in the comments.