Intimidated by the thought of making your own baby food?

I WAS!   For sure.  So much so that when I had our first girl, I didn’t even look into it or try to make our own baby food.
Now after having our second baby I thought, I’ll give it a shot, at least look into it a little bit more.

SO EASY I CAN’T EVEN TELL YOU!  It’s not as bad as I thought it would be at all!

Here are the Materials you’ll need!

1.  BLENDER

What’s great is that you don’t need a fancy blender, food processer, baby bullet, etc.  It’s ok if you have them, but not necessary.  I use the blender we have at home and it even has a puree button.  While on vacation I used a blender they provided there.

2.  CONTAINERS

NO NEED for fancy containers either!  I looked online trying to find the “right” ones, good price, no shipping, etc, couldn’t find ANYTHING I liked.
Babies R us has some, but the lids didn’t stand down, so we returned those.  The Baby Bullet ones where only 2 oz and they couldn’t be used in the freezer, so we took those back as well.
I ended up with Rubbermaid 4 oz containers (with lids) from Walmart!  These could be put in the dishwasher, frozen, and microwavable!  SOLD!  Then I found some containers we got from our wedding (8 years ago) but never opened.  THESE ROCK!  They’re called PopTops and have they a great mix of 4 oz and 8 oz containers with lids that can also go in the dishwasher, freezer and microwave.  (They had other great sizes for leftovers for us too!)
The 2 – 4 oz containers are great to put in the baby bottle type bags if you have to go somewhere and need to keep them cold.  But other than that, I really think it’s too small for daily use.  I really only use them when I’m going to be out.

3.  ICE CUBE TRAYS

Nothing fancy here either!  We had a Tupperware ice cube tray with a lid so I use that.  However I found out (from the website I’ll talk about below) that you don’t even need a lid.  Any ice cube tray will work and then just cover it with plastic wrap.
After they’re frozen, put them in a ziploc baggie and keep in the freezer.  Make sure you label the bag with the date and food.  (see website below for more info on this)

4.  HOW TO MAKE THE FOOD

The Wholesome Baby Food website has been a lifesaver for me.  It was recommended by a handful of my friends as well.  It gives you the all the necessary info, easy to read, easy to look up how to prepare each type of food, tells you different ways each food can be prepared so you can do what works best for you.
I started with green beans because we were eating them a lot.  I just steamed a whole bunch, served ours for dinner and then blended the rest for my daughter!
From there I went on to do:
Peas
Sweet Potatoes
Carrots
Avocados
Butternut Squash
Broccoli
Cauliflower
***BONUS TIP – When cooking the sweet potato – WRAP IT in aluminum foil AND place it on a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil as well!!!
Learn from someone who ruined one pan and had to clean out the oven another time because of this sticky, runny sweet potato!  I never would have guessed it.

5. What I learned!

– By making my own baby food, especially the veggies, it made my 2nd daughter a MUCH better veggie eater!!
– Also, it’s super easy to transition to finger foods when you’re making your own!
Green beans, sweet potato chunks (peel, cut in chunks and steam), carrots, avocado, broccoli
and cauliflower make VERY EASY finger foods!
If you’ve found this helpful, are making baby food on your own, please send me a friend request on Facebook or send me an email at Erin4Fitness@gmail.com.
Talk to you soon
Erin

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