Homemade Baby Food – Link up your recipes

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 26, 2010



Tyler’s got that look on his face when we all gather around the table.  He knows what’s happening at the dinner table.  And he gets *loud* when we don’t include him in the festivities.  Of course, I oblige and sit him on my lap while I finish my dinner.

While on my lap he KICKS his fat chubby legs. And kicks. And kicks.

And his eyes get WIDE as he stares at the food on my plate.

And he GRABS at my plate, trying desperately to get his fat chubby little hands on some food.

It’s time.  It’s time for him to get a little taste of non-milk food.

He’s just over 5 months old.  A *smidge* on the early side, compared to his older brothers.  But it’s time.

I  made baby food for the big fellows, and I plan to do the same for Tyler.  Not only is there great savings, but there is such satisfaction in giving him the very best foods…made with love…by me!

So…I’ve put together a few resources…a few of my favorite websites and books that will inspire and encourage you to make your own baby food (if you are in the baby stage of life, of course!).  Also, if you’ve written a blog post about your baby food making experience, or favorite recipe, by all means, come LINK IT UP!

Resources and link up can be found on The $5 Dinners Homemade Baby Food Page!

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Andrea April 26, 2010 at 8:22 am

I’ll link up my baby food making blog entries later, but just wanted to mention a tip for making baby food even cheaper. I’ve always been *blessed* with having babies in the summer, which means that some veggies and fruit are more expensive during that time of year and not at their peak of tastiness anyhow. With my daughter, I planned ahead. That summer she was born, I looked for sales or great deals at farmer’s market/roadside stands. I got great deals on buying in season for things such as zuchini, peaches, apples, watermelon, plums, green beans, etc. I then froze them until they were ready to be made into baby food. I was a little worried how this would turn out since I would be re-freezing the fruits and veggies again in their cube baby food form, but they turned out great. Not only were they more tasty than store bought baby food, but they were more tasty than the more expensive out of season fruits and veggies I bought as well.

Thinking ahead can save you a lot of money!

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schroeder April 26, 2010 at 8:23 am

Erin … if you get a chance, show us a pic of your baby boy so we can see how much he has grown.

S

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Crystal April 26, 2010 at 9:15 am

This is great! I plan to make my own babyfood for my first when the time comes. I can’t wait to read everyone’s recipes and advise!

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Kristi Temple April 26, 2010 at 9:37 am

I made my own baby food for my 2nd and 3rd babies. I remember going to Disney when our second child was 6 months old and thinking, “I will just buy some jars of food for the trip so I don’t have to take a cooler on the plane or into the parks.” He hated it compared to homemade food. The only thing I could get him to eat that week was the fruit from a jar. The rest of the time I was mashing my food with a fork and feeding him from my plate. He is still the same way now 9 years later and will tell me when something is bland. That was the first time I had ever encountered a baby food snob. My oldest ate anything and everything you put in front of him from the time he was 6 weeks old.

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PikaPikaChick April 26, 2010 at 10:16 am
Dusty April 26, 2010 at 10:28 am

It’s been a little while since I’ve made homemade baby food, since my youngest is over 2, but with baby #3 making her appearance in July, I’ll soon be doing it again. Here’s a post that I did awhile ago about some of my favorites:
http://reachtothemoonandback.blogspot.com/2008/10/recipes-for-baby.html

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Debbie April 26, 2010 at 10:29 am

Love it! It definitely sounds like he’s ready! The kitchen is not my favorite place in the house, but I LOVE making baby food. It’s so easy! I don’t have any recipes of my own, but love my Annabel Karmel cookbook :-)

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Lara April 26, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Loved making baby food for my two boys – never did a lot of “recipes” – just made sure they were getting fresh fruits and vegetables! One thing that my boys both loved was what we coined “pumpkin parfait” – we mixed whole milk yogurt with pumpkin (from a can or fresh) and added a little cinnamon.

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Beth April 26, 2010 at 12:45 pm

My daughter’s favorite was mashed bananas and avocado with a sprinkle of cinnamon. It had healthy fats with a touch of sweetness (from the bananas). Another was parsnip, carrot, and potato puree. Put everything in the blender with enough liquid to make the consistency you desire, then put the unused portion in ice cube trays for future use!

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Kelleigh @ Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs April 26, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I don’t have any links, either, but I totally loved making our baby food, for the same reasons you like it! I never really followed any recipes, but I do remember coming home from the grocery store with my bag of already peeled baby carrots and just steaming them on the stove while I put the rest of the groceries away, then tossing them in the blender. SO easy, and always a big hit with the boys. I also did pears, green beans (which is also a great finger food), apples, bananas (so convenient! Just take a banana and a baby spoon on the road! I mashed it with the spoon while I peeled back the peel!). Finger foods: BEANS! My boys loved all kinds of beans. I squished them between my fingers so they wouldn’t choke on them, and they ate them like candy. Especially Kidney Beans, which are super-sweet.

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christine April 26, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I made baby food and froze it in ice cube trays too. Years later, my older child wanted to make flavored ice cubes and asked if we still had the ‘baby food tray’. I was cracking up explaining to her that in prehistoric times, ice didn’t come out of the front of the freezer, you had to fill these trays and wait. She could hardly believe it. She still calls them baby food trays! :)

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 26, 2010 at 6:05 pm

@christine,

Well, I guess we’re still living in the stone ages. We don’t have one of those fridges with an ice dispenser! And our freezer doesn’t even have an ice maker!!! And it’s a lovely fridge too…not sure why it doesn’t have these “updated” features! ;)

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Linda April 26, 2010 at 1:25 pm

I never bought a jar of baby food – making your own is easier and cheaper – and much better tasting! My oldest (now 10) would eat anything we put in front of her and especially loved mashed avocadoes. I used to steam the butternut squash, carrots, etc. but I think if I was doing it now I would roast everything because the flavor is so much better. I think it’s easier to make the transition to “real” food, too, because you can just make it chunkier and get them used to more texture in their food. My younger daughter, however, wouldn’t touch baby food. I finally started feeding her table food around 7 months because the pediatrician basically said “feed her whatever she wants”. And who wouldn’t think that pizza is better than pureed carrots?? And I had HUNDREDS of frozen cubes of pureed squash, carrots, etc., because I kept making things trying to find something she would eat. I ended up making soup out of most of it! I also had lots of frozen breast milk with nothing to do with it because she refused to eat out of a bottle (or sippy cup when she got older) and wouldn’t eat cereal so I couldn’t even use it as a mixer. Particular child – and she still is. She’s the kid who refuses to eat Mac and Cheese but will throw a temper tantrum in the grocery store if I won’t buy her a red pepper! :) I like to say she’s particular, not picky, as she orders a chopped salad off the adult appetizer menu instead of chicken fingers & fries off the kids’ menu!

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Buffie April 26, 2010 at 2:39 pm

I made the food for my daughter and plan to do the same when the time comes with the new baby. It is so easy and really is so much better then the stuff in the jars. Hubby even got into it and made some of the food for her. Hopefully he’ll help out this time too.

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Larissa April 26, 2010 at 3:29 pm

I also made food for my son and when away from home for a week he turned his nose up at everything except the pears and applesauce that was store bought. He fought eating everything else, with a vengeance!
So easy to make…I did peas, carrots, yams (the rich orange coloured ones) parsnips, squash, etc. I actually had a mom ask me at a community playdate “if I ate that stuff too or just fed it to my baby” I laughed out loud…I was raised eating “weird” stuff like parsnips and yams and still love them! My almost 5 year old still loves real food and a wide variety.

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Sara @ ThrivingMama April 26, 2010 at 3:32 pm

I’ve made all of my daughter’s food – and going into it when the produce is rolling in from the garden is the best! Click the “BabyFood” tag on the bottom left of the blog for basics and a great butternut squash soup recipe that my daughter LOVED!

I’m also getting ready to start a series on tailoring baby’s diet to avoid iron deficiencies including baking your own iron fortified snacks :)

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Kristin April 26, 2010 at 3:49 pm

I’m not a mother, but a few years ago I was a nanny for a baby boy. I took care of him from 5 months old until he was a year old and went to daycare. I made all of his food for him and his mother got the book “The Baby’s Table.”

I loved, loved, loved this book. It has tons of recipes and articles of food that you can introduces after you start them on solids. There were a lot of interesting things that I put together from that book and he would gobble it up, except for avocados.

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Crystal & Co April 26, 2010 at 6:44 pm

With five kids I’ve made A LOT of baby food.

My all time favorite and their all time favorite is….

banana and avacado.

One ripe of each and run it through a food processor and there you go. They love it! Semisweet and buttery. Great monounsaturated fat. Fattens them up, too.

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Kerry D. April 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Just laughing at description of the little one kicking and grabbing at the “real food”… our 3rd (huge guy, 10 lbs at birth) had complete fits from about 5 months old, and we really had no choice but to give him mashed up bits from our plate. He never really did have “baby food” but ate bits of whatever we had, much earlier than his sibs. His life as a 3rd baby has always been very different!

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