Jessica Seinfeld and use purees to make your own meals even healthier.
I get a lot of questions from people about what making your own baby food entails. It seems most people think it sounds like a lot of work and so mystifying that they don't give it a second thought. I'm here to hopefully take a little bit of the mystery out of it and tell you how EASY it is. Not only easy but I actually think it's FUN! This is coming from a fast food junkie who never used to like to cook and HATED chopping.
I, like other mothers, want better for my child. I would like to guide him to better, healthier eating (and as a bonus I have even started eating some healthy home-made meals). I know there are organic, healthy baby foods out there. Lots. But that gets expensive! I chose to make our own because 1. it saves money 2. I know exactly what is in his food 3. I can make my own flavor combinations 4. it is easy to guide him into eating the same foods as us 5. I think store baby foods smell and look gross. If I wouldn't eat it, I don't expect him to.
By the way, I get not everyone has the time, or care, to go this route, so seriously please don't take any of this as a judgement if you buy your food. It's hard to find time to shower as a mom let alone cook (yes, I just admitted that I don't shower publicly). One of the biggest things I've learned becoming a mom is to not judge any one else's parenting. We all are doing our best to get by and do what works best for us. Just wanted to make sure that was said.
You only need a few things to get started.
-a food processor
We use one made for making baby food but that's not necessary
-a good baby food book
I use Top 100 Baby Purees (ugly cover, gorgeous pictures). I also hear great things about Super Baby Food as well. This will help be a guide to what can be frozen, what age they can have certain foods, and of course how to prepare them.
-a good knife
So helpful with all of the chopping you do.
-pots & a steamer/microwave-safe dish to steam
-ice cube tray & ziploc freezer bags /storage containers
There are also lots of foods that you can make that you don't even have to puree. You can mash up some banana or avocado. Or give them rice cereal, oatmeal, or yogurt. As they get older you will be able to dice some fruits into tiny pieces they can feed themselves or even give it to them whole as they get better at eating. Giving them something like a big piece of carrot to gnaw on is great for teething (note: I wouldn't recommend leaving them unattended with something like that though).
A few other "helpful" tips:
-Feed them after they have nursed/had their bottle. Food at this time is just for practice and they still need to have at least 18 to 20 oz. of milk a day. So, it's good to feed them that first to make sure that they aren't too full of food to have their milk.
- It's best to wait at least three days in between trying new foods to see if they are allergic.
-Microwave the frozen purees until they are piping hot and let cool. This will help kill bacteria.
Again, I am in no way an expert on this situation. I am just sharing what we do in case someone out there is interested. Feel free to ask any questions you have or share your thoughts or own tips on the subject.