Make Your Own Baby Food

There are many things I have decided to do differently with baby #3 than I did with my older two. Most of the things on this “different” list are things I wished I had done before, but lacked the time or the confidence, or in some cases both. Seeing as how there is a slight gap of  ahem, 7 years between my middle child and my baby, I have had quite a bit of time to work through my quirks.

One of  the things I wished I had done before was make my own baby food. I was not quite sure how much work would be involved, if Liam would even like the food, but I decided to give it the old college try! I did my research and came up with a list of foods I felt Liam would enjoy (apple, sweet potato, carrot & butternut squash) and got to work. Thankfully, Liam loved my test batch! He loved it so much that he didn’t want to eat anything else – which meant I had to get to work!

This time around I upped my game so to speak, I kept all of the first batch ingredients, but I added banana, pumpkin and peaches.

It took FOREVER to peel everything! (**Note to self: Do NOT buy small apples next time, bigger is better! And easier to peel and slice) Once I got everything peeled, and slice or chopped, I put each fruit or veggie into a pan, covered with water and boiled until tender.

Once the fruit or veggie was tender I drained the cooking water, then pureed in my blender. (You can save the water on most, not carrots, to thin if needed, but I have not needed to thin yet.) Below is a picture of my squash, carrots and sweet potatoes.

After you have pureed all your choices, you can either freeze each ingredient individually, or you can mix 2 or more together then freeze. I mixed, because we do not have any allergies in our family and I am just a throw caution to the wind type person! (Truthfully he had already eaten many of the pouches from Plum organics and they were mixed, and had no reaction so I figured I was in the clear.)

The next step is to freeze. Ice cube trays work wonderfully! Each cube is about a tablespoon portion. Liam is 6 1/2 months and he is eating about 2 ice cubes per meal. If you are making several different types of food make sure to label your trays so you know which is which. Cover each tray with plastic wrap and freeze.

 Once the food is frozen, I take it out of the trays and store in bags I label. During this session I made 5 different types of food for Liam:

Pumpkin and Banana – no boiling needed, just add fresh bananas and organic pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling) and blend.

Banana and Peaches

Apple, Carrot and Squash – Liam’s favorite

Apples and Sweet Potato

Apples, Sweet Potato and Squash

Not sure how long this batch will last – but I will keep track and let you know. I really enjoyed making this for Liam and he sure does enjoy eating it!