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Make Your Own Baby Food at Home Using Three Simple Steps

I have one active toddler and she is such a great eater! One of the things that I can credit to her great eating habits is the fact that I exposed her to a wide range of foods including fruits and vegetables once she started eating solid foods. Apples, kale, pear, peas, avocado…you name it, I probably steamed it, mashed it or purèed it several times over.

By the way, making your own baby food is not only cost effective; it is healthier for your baby and can be more convenient than you think. It does however require three essential steps:

· Planning/Preparation
· Determination
· Follow-Thru

Planning

When I was preparing my daughter’s food at home I used a steamer or steamer insert as part of some food preparation. I prefer to steam foods like broccoli, peas, spinach and carrots to make sure that we are getting the best nutritional value. Boiling can cause nutrients to leach into the water, which is often thrown away after the food is prepared.

A blender or food processor will be necessary if you want to make your own baby food at home. Using this tool will not only give you the consistency that you desire but, it will also cut down on meal preparation time (as mashing foods can get quite labor intensive).

Storage containers are also a necessity in order to make puree’s convenient for feeding and transportable for travel. Consider making certain foods puree’s in bulk, freezing the food in ice cube trays, then transferring the “food cubes” into plastic food bags for storage.

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Determination

As a parent, if you deem making your own baby food to be important then you need to do whatever you can to make it work. Keep fresh fruits and vegetables replenished and abundant in your home. Keep a grocery list on your refrigerator at all times so that you can easily add an item to your list once it is finished. You can even make a chart with all of the fruit/vegetable combinations that you would like for your baby to try, a menu of sorts. Remember to allow at least 3 days between introductions of new foods to see if there are any allergic reactions.

Follow Thru

When you really think about, there is only a 6-8 month window where you will be preparing your own baby food. Even if you do work outside the home most “meal prep” can be done on the weekends or your days off. If you have older kids, get them involved in washing and even peeling or prepping some of the foods. Allow this meal planning for your baby to carry over into other areas of your life. There is no reason that the rest of your family should not be eating more meals and fresh fruits and vegetables at home either. Stop making excuses, buy the tools, plan ahead and make it work.

Lisa Leslie-Williams, Pharm D is a wife and the devoted mother of one active toddler. She quickly realized after the birth of her daughter that she was not only destined to be a mom but that her true passion lies in empowering women to live life at home with finesse and style. Even as a licensed health care professional, Lisa has spent the last 10 years living and fine tuning her “domestic life style lessons” on budgeting, beauty, family health, entertaining and all things in the kitchen. She shares these lessons and other home management tips as a life style consultant,  a featured contributor and as the author of her blog, The Domestic Life Stylist.  Lisa’s blog was voted in the “top three”, in the Circle of Moms Top 25 Home Management blog contest where she has also become a featured contributor.

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Cascia Talbert is a devout Catholic, mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast and positive parenting supporter. She is also the founder of the award winning online health, fitness, parenting and Christian faith magazine for moms, the Healthy Moms Magazine. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, five children and one spoiled cat. Her hobbies include gardening, country music, running, and playing her flute. Check out her first book, "Taking Care of your Family's Health and Well-being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available anywhere books are sold.

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5 Comments

  1. GrowingPhasesFarm September 29, 2011

    Great article and advice – I made all my own baby food for my 2 children who are now 20 and 22 and healthy as can be! I grew alot of my own food in the garden and at that time we had ducks who laid alot of eggs! I really had fun creating their meals and knowing they were getting Good food! I can proudly say I never purchased one jar of baby food 🙂

  2. Shonda September 29, 2011

    I'm going to start making my baby food again for my 5 month old. I made all food for my 3 year old and loved it.

  3. ariutomo September 30, 2011

    Food has a major influence on child development. Therefore very important to be able to always give them good food and meet their individual needs each day. Every parent should do own cooking for their children. Besides, as you said, cost effective and healthier, but also to express affection in children. They will be proud if their mom is a good cook.

  4. Barbara K. September 30, 2011

    You got good point here! It is very important if we teach our children of a healthy eating! Throw away all the junk food and try to keep more food with vitamins, good fats and etc. This is the way to help our kids have good health and goo selfesteem!

  5. Lisa -The Domestic Life Stylist September 30, 2011

    Great call Shonda! You should be proud “growing phases”. Ariutomo, I also love to prepare meals for my family because it is one of the ways that I show I love them. You are right on point Barbara, we are building the foundation for healthy kids indeed.

    Thanks for reading!