Ok guys, making baby food is so SO easy… and way cheaper than buying the pre-made store bought food. Honestly, my baby even liked it better than the purchased baby food. Why make your own? It is CHEAPER! And personally, I like knowing exactly what I’m feeding my baby. I was just at the store and was walking down the baby aisle and saw that baby food ranges from .79 for one jar and 1.17 for the Gerber 2 packs, and then 1.25 for the squeeze packs. That is going to get expensive real fast. On the flip side, 2-3 apples will be around 1.00, which could create a few meals for your baby. I have noticed, with my baby at least, that she inhales the fruits quicker than the vegetables, making the vegetables last a little bit longer. I still have found it to be much cheaper to make my own food.
I’ll be honest, I splurged a bit and bought the book “The Healthy Baby Meal Planner: 200 Quick, Easy, and Healthy Recipes for Your Baby and Toddler” by Annabel Karmel. It was $10 on Amazon. It goes through and gives great tips and information on how to make it.
While this book is really informative, I didn’t really follow much of the recipes or schedules. I just bought fruits and vegetables, steamed them, and then blended them. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Some of my (and mostly my baby’s) favorites were:
Carrots: Peel, half, and cut several carrots. Steam for about 10 minutes. Blend with a little bit of the water from the steamer (or breast milk/formula) and let cool. Freeze in freeze-safe containers or ice cube trays.
Sweet potato: Peel, half, and cube a medium sweet potato. Steam for able 8-10 minutes. Blend with a little bit of water from the steamer then let cool. Freeze in freeze-safe containers or ice cube trays.
Apple/pear combo: Peel, half, and core one of each. Steam for able 8-10 minutes. Blend with a little bit of water from the steamer then let cool. Freeze in freeze-safe containers or ice cube trays.
I’ve done this same process for zucchini, butternut squash, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, and strawberries. Each has been super easy and I can make a lot to freeze, which can last for months. Plus, if you're already eating these vegetables and fruits regularly, there really isn't much additional purchasing.