Natural and Thrifty in 365: #41 Make Your Own Baby Food

One of the things I did to save money when my children were little, was make my own baby food. In fact, I didn’t make a lot of baby food, but let my children do infant-led self-feeding.

When they become interested in certain foods, I let my children try them. As long as a child is still getting plenty of breast milk or formula, and he or she is healthy and thriving, babies don’t need to be force-fed a lot of baby foods. They will usually guide you and let you know when they need more foods in their diets.

But to help out, I would puree up baby foods in my little mini processor. I did this with carrots, sweet potatoes,fruits, vegetables and more. But as long as food is soft, you would be surprised what babies can do with those gums. Have you ever had a baby bite down on your finger with his gums? Pretty powerful stuff there!

With baby food being so expensive these days, especially the organic brands, its easy to save money when you puree your own baby food. But just remember to always supervise babies no matter what you are feeding them.

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  1. my kiddo NEVER wanted purees, cereals, etc. he wanted to eat what we were eating, so that’s what we did. steaming or nuking fruits and veggies to make them soft, sharing cheerios and yogurt…so i guess, in a way, we did make our own baby food. ;)

    of course, it was easier for us, since he didn’t show any interest in solids until he was nearly 10 months old…

  2. I got their very first foods store bought to make sure they weren’t allergic to anything before I made a huge batch, and that way I had some jars to store my homemades in :)

  3. Not for the first baby but I did for the second and third and it was much easier than I expected

  4. I almost exclusively made my own baby food. I’d freeze it in little containers so I could make a larger batch at one time. The only time my kid had jar food was when my mom brought a bunch home from the day care she works at that was not going to be used up.

  5. I did, loved it! It was SO easy to make and great to freeze in individual bags & cups. All I had to do was stick a few in the fridge at night and by morning they were ready to eat.

  6. Freeze your babyfood in ice trays. Once frozen pop them out and store in your freezer in ziplock bags.

  7. I did with my first 2 and then figured out it was even better to just feed them what everyone else was eating!

  8. My youngest HATED pureed foods! We did infant led weaning and loved it! Sha has always eaten what we eat.

  9. We just fed DD what everyone else was eating. I don’t really see the sense in shoveling purees in a little baby’s mouth…

  10. I sure did! I liked that by making them myself I could control the texture! I used the ice cube trays as mentioned above. I would measure the food into the trays using tablespoons. Neither of my kids really liked jarred food, but did have it from time to time.

  11. We made our own– and found a great book of recipes- mommy made and daddy too — I used the gladware disposables wee one cups for storage. I would chop with food processor on pulsate so it would have texture without big chunks.

  12. Random question but I have been wanting to ask you – does cooked rice freeze well? Ok, 2 questions – do you freeze just the pizza crust & then cook it later or freeze the whole pizza?

  13. Yes made my own baby food. steamed the fresh or frozen veggies and then pureed and froze them in ice cube trays. After they froze I stored them in baggies in the freezer. My son wouldn’t eat any of the jarred baby foods in the stores.

  14. I do both – I make most of my own, but do use sales/freebies to stock up on some jarred food to use while on the go because we have a hectic schedule. That way, I dont have to cart around a cooler bag… just toss the jarred food and a spoon in my bag.

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