The Skinny on Baby Food

I’ve gotten a few questions about making my own baby food for Bud so I figured I’d just write a post about it. Whether you like it or not!

First off, it’s not as hard as you think! It’s actually pretty dang easy. It’s cheaper than buying the food in the store and you can make it in batches and it lasts you awhile! Bud watches me while I do it and I talk to him about the different kinds of food (I’m sure he knows what I’m talking about… right?)

Have you read Super Baby Food by Dr. Yaron? If you haven’t, I’d highly recommend it. It has everything you need to know about feeding your baby solids. She has tons of recipes and schedules about what they can eat and at what age.

Bud HATES rice cereal, still does. So, we actually switched to baby oatmeal instead. He downed that stuff! At first, we used the Earth’s Best baby oatmeal and mixed it with breastmilk. We tried it super runny at first and he couldn’t really get the hang of it so we thickened it up just a bit and that made it really yummy to him. Once we switched to oatmeal, we never went back. It’s still a grain, so it has the same fiber benefits, etc.

I now make my own baby oatmeal. I buy the big ole thing of old fashioned oats that I eat in the morning and just put a couple dry cups in the blender and blend it until its powder consistency. We did a few weeks of oatmeal, upping the quantity and frequency. We started it at supper, then added at breakfast, then added at lunch.

Then at 6 months, we started with sweet potatoes, then avocados, then pears, then bananas. We started with just about a tablespoon to make sure he didn’t have any reactions and followed the “Four Day Wait Rule”. He definitely didn’t love the avocados and bananas at first but now he LOVES them. So don’t give up if your kiddo doesn’t like something right away!

I cook the fruit and veggies (except bananas and avocado) and then put them in the food processor. Then, I pour it into the ice cube trays, cover them with foil and let it freeze. Then I pop those cubes out and put the food into freezer bags. I label them and put the date on there. Portion sizes… easy as that!

Pureeing some apples!

Easiest way to cook butternut squash- cut in half, place in water face down, bake for 45 min or until soft

I batch cook on Sundays which lasts me for a couple weeks; that way I only get the food processor out once a week (code: only have to clean it once a week).

You’ll figure out your baby’s appetite and what he’ll eat/how much he’ll eat. For breakfast we do oatmeal with a fruit (apples, pears, mangos, and peaches are what we’ve tried so far). For lunch, we do a mashed up banana and a container of YoBaby Vanilla baby yogurt. For supper, we do oatmeal with 2 cubes of a veggie (squash, peas, cooked carrots, or sweet potato) and cubed up avocado. I still nurse him 4-5 times a day and I do it before I feed him solids, that way he’s still getting most of nourishment from me.

If you drop food on the floor, Roy the Sweeper will help you

Pears, mangoes, and sweet potatoes!

Green peas are the prettiest color...i want to make a dress out of it. Is that weird?

Look at all those cubes!.... and all the single lady food on top 😉

There you have it! If you have any questions at all, just holler at me! marthabmetz@gmail.com

 

 

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  • Love it! I have been making Calvin’s food too and he loves it! Still working on the peas though….

    • I have to mix them with the sweet potatoes for Bud to eat them 😉 

  • You are super mom! Seriously…I could barely get my teeth brushed at this point!! That all looks so yummy!

  • Angela

    Two years later and I’m so proud of myself for sticking with making my daughters food. I did a Sunday cooking day too and it was great. The rest of the week was a breeze. When he gets older I would look into the Deseptively Delicious cookbooks by Jessica Seinfeld. It sneaks veggies into meals and no one would be the wiser. My husband even likes the recipes. However I never tell him that the sloppy joes he is eating has butternut squash and sweet potatoes in it. I’m making him healthier and he doesn’t even know it.

  • Wow, you make this look easy! I meant to do this the first time around and kinda failed. But I’m determined to try it again when my little one starts solids.