When I was a first time mom, I wanted to make my own baby food. Aside from using cloth diapers, making homemade baby food was another way to save money. Living frugal was the driving factor in many decisions after having a baby. The truth is that it could get expensive really quick. I gave making homemade baby food a try, and I haven't looked back since.
As a busy mom, it's important to find ways to help our daily routines go smoothly. I know what you are probably thinking in your head.
"When do I have time to make my own baby food?"
"That sounds hard?"
"I don't think I can ever do that?"
"I don't even know where to start?"
Meal prepping for your baby with delicious homemade recipes is not as complicated as you may imagine. You can prepare your baby's meals in as little as 15 minutes. You don't need to be a chef to start either. You just need to have basic skills in the kitchen. I included pictures and links to all of the products that I've tested and used to make my own baby food from home. I hope you find
Step 1: Cook
There are many ways to make baby food at home. I want to share with you what I used, and how I made my girls homemade baby food. I used the BÉABA Babycook. You can cook, blend/puree, reheat, and defrost your homemade baby foods all in one. If you want to cook larger portions or multiple recipes at the same time, there is also the BEABA Babycook Duo 4 in 1 Baby Food Maker.
I started introducing solid foods to my babies when they turned 6 months old. When it's time to introduce solids, you want to start by only giving one food at a time. This ensures that you can identify an allergy to a particular food if it happens to cause one.
Start by choosing the food you want to puree. Wash and dice the food into 1/2 inch x 1/2 inch pieces. Pour the appropriate amount of water, as instructed in the manual, into the reservoir. Place the diced pieces into the steam basket, and place the steam basket into the BÉABA Babycook. Make sure not to overload the basket. Lock the device, plug it in, and press the steam button. When the steamer starts and you hear a sound, the cook cycle will begin.
Now, you can take time to get some other things marked off of your to-do list or just relax while the food is cooking.
Step 2: Puree
What's that beeping sound? The food is finished steaming. Now, let's blend! Open the lid, take the steam basket out and empty contents into the BÉABA Babycook bowl. Be careful because it'll be extremely hot. Lock the BÉABA Babycook bowl into the base, lock the cover, and blend. That's it for this part.
This is a collage of me making a batch of pureed carrots and a batch of sweet potatoes for my baby.
Step 3: Store
You will want to divide the food into portions that are enough for each meal so it'll be a piece a cake to warm or defrost. I used the OXO Tot Baby Blocks Freezer Storage Containers that hold 2-ounce portions in each block. I also loved using the BÉABA Multi-portions Silicone Baby Food Storage Container. This was ideal for storing my larger batches of pureed food and easy to feed baby on the go. Just take one of the pods out of the freezer, defrost, and serve in the same container. Once you've introduced single purees to your baby, you can have fun and create delicious mixes to meal prep.
Set aside some time to meal prep for your baby. I used to make time on Sunday when I was already in the kitchen making dinner or cleaning. It's nothing like popping my baby's food into the BÉABA Babycook and then getting some chores done like vacuuming. I hope this helped you on your journey to making your own homemade baby food. Starting solid foods is a huge milestone for your baby. If no one has told you yet, you're doing great!
Here's my happy baby eating our homemade baby food.
Please follow your pediatrician's advice on when to introduce solid foods to your baby.
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