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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Homemade Baby Food - Its Easier Than You Think!

Making Addison’s baby food has been such a fun journey! We started her on solids at 5 1/2 months and haven’t looked back since!  Each week when I sit down to make our weekly menu for my husband and I, I also decide which new foods I’m going to introduce to Addie.  I have been introducing 1 new food every 4 days to make sure she doesn’t have any allergic reactions.  I look forward to finding new things for her to eat each week AND mixing and matching different things for her to try!  I love that I know exactly what is going into her body, and if God forbid she has an adverse reaction to anything, I will know exactly what it is.  Here are a few essentials (in my opinion) if you want to start making your own baby food.

You definitely will want some kind of blender to puree everything.  I love the Baby Bullet because it is fast, simple to use, takes up very little counter space and is easy to clean. 

This is more of a “nice-to-have”, as it is super fast to steam anything I want.  Without this, you can boil your food (though I have read that boiling sometimes removes some of the nutrients), or use a vegetable steamer over a pot on the stove.  Simply put-its convenient.

Silicone Ice Cube Trays

I picked these up at Bed Bath and Beyond after struggling with the one that came with my Baby Bullet.  I find the smaller cubes are easier to pop out, and you get more space for food.  Also, VERY easy to clean!

Ziploc Freezer Bags

Once the food is frozen, I pop them into these bags, and label them with the date and name of the food.  Each night I decide what I'm going to give Addison for breakfast and put a few cubes in the refrigerator to thaw over night.  In the morning, I pop them into the microwave for 10-20 secods to warm them up and then decide what she is going to have for dinner and do the same!

If you never wanted to do this because you assumed it would be too costly and or time consuming, I urge you to give it a try.  It honestly takes very little time (maybe an hour to prepare several foods for the week / month), and I find that it actually is cheaper than purchasing packaged baby food from the store.  I go a little bit more in depth in the video about the whole process.

What are your favorite combos to give to your little one?


  1. Hey Michele..when do you think you are going to start introducing finger foods to her? My girl is 4.5 months old and we are just looking right now at our options for introducing solid foods and I am leaning towards the baby led weaning but I am nervous about the choking aspect. Have you done any finger foods yet with Addison?

    1. We have tried puffs and cheerios and already had a few times where she came "close" to choking. For that reason, I'm not going to be trying the baby led weaning. Though I have heard great things...I'm too much of a scared Mommy!

  2. I'm so getting this as a gift for my sisters baby shower. I would have never thought of it - thanks for the idea!

  3. Hey I am having some problems with my food.. I can not for the life of me get it too a really smooth consistency.. it still has little bity bits of the vegetable... I am using my ninja blender.. I didnt aee the need in buying something new since I had such a nice one. Any suggestions?

  4. You're my mummy guru, Michele!


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