DIY Baby Food {More nutrients, less money}

Quinn is now 4.5 months old!  GASP!

4.5 months old

Where the bleep has the time gone.  Well, I guess between feedings, pumping, and changing diapers, it has all been a blur.  That’s okay because I have enjoyed every slobbery and poopy-diapered minute of it.

This past week, Quinn had her 4 month check up.  She got three shots and was a trooper.  The doc said that she can start on foods so I had the frugal idea to make my own.  When compared, each baby food jar would be almost $1 (that would be between $30-$60 a month), but I can make a month’s worth of food for about $10!  So I started pinning and referenced my Happy Baby book.

It is suggested that you try a new food for a few days to ensure that no allergies exist for your baby.  I mapped out the rest of October with foods each lasting three feedings.DIY baby food calendarWhy start with veggies?  Because fruit tastes better.  If you give your baby fruit first, they will realize that it is so deliciously sweet, and be less likely to be interested in vegetables.  Of course, sweet potatoes, carrots and peas are somewhat sweet, but not gold when compared to bananas and peaches!

Ideas for foods: (4-6 months depending on Doctor)

list of foods to introduce to baby

How to cook– Use any of the following methods:

  • Steam in electric steamer
  • Steam in a saucepan on the stove
  • Bake or roast in the oven
  • **Some foods do not need to be steamed: bananas, avocado**

steam time for baby food

It took me about two hours total to make enough food for the entire month plus a little more.  I could have made bigger batches which wouldn’t have taken longer since I had so much extra space in the steamer.DIY baby food steamerInstructions:

  1. Peel/wash produce.  For larger vegetables, such as squash, cut into chunks.
  2. Steam according to chart.  Do not steam until mushy because the food will lose nutrients that are crucial for your baby.
  3. Put fruit/vegetable in food processor.  I added a little breast milk and water I had reserved from the steamer since it is loaded with nutrients.  Blend on low until you get a creamy texture, adding more liquid if necessary.
  4. Scoop food into small freezing trays, or ice cube trays.  Fill, close tightly, and place in freezer.
  5. Label gallon freezer bags with food name, date, and a “use by” date.  Food can be frozen for 1-3 months.
  6. After freezing for a few hours, I just ran each container under a little hot water then the food slipped right into the labeled bag with a gentle squeeze.
  7. Close each baggie tightly after squeezing out extra air.  Store in freezer.DIY baby food blend edited with watermark DIY baby food freezer cubes**To thaw you can either leave a cube in the refrigerator overnight, or place the food in a glass container and microwave for 10 seconds at a time, stirring at each interval. **

If you have made your own baby food, please leave a tip for the rest of us newbies!

I am off to spend more time with my family and start a sewing project tonight.  I hope your Sunday was full of sunshine!

What is your favorite baby food recipe?

green bean:
butternut squash:
sweet potato:
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