Ha. Yes. So I said I’d blog for 31 days about babies. The problem with doing this when you actually have a baby…or kid of any age, really…is that
occasionally often there are times when you count a shower as your greatest accomplishment of the day. Unless you didn’t do that, either, which is also okay.
For some reason, it took me until baby #4 to try out making my own baby food. I wish I’d done it for the rest of them because it was really easy. Here’s what I learned:
-yes, you can buy the regular containers of applesauce to feed babies. They have the same stuff in them (please tell me I’m not the only one who worried about this. Right? Anyone?). Look for sugar-free/all natural labels.
-you also don’t need to buy banana baby food. Mashing it up well with a fork or in a blender works just as well.
-you can feed babies veggies like sweet potatoes and squash by preparing them the same way you would for an adult. Boil or bake the potatoes, mash and feed to your baby before adding any butter and salt for the grown-ups. Slice your squash in half, microwave face down in a little water for 10 min or so (or bake), then scoop out the mushy part. Mash for the baby, then add salt and butter (or brown sugar! Ahem) for the grown-ups.
-for any other veggies, boil raw vegetables until soft. Empty them into the food processor and blend until smooth. You can also steam soft, mild fruits like pears and peaches, then blend in the food processor.
-you can make food ahead of time and freeze. Spoon your pureed food into ice cube trays, cover with plastic wrap and put them in the freezer. When they’re frozen through, transfer them to a freezer bag, label with the date and type of food and store in the freezer until ready to use. Plan on having your baby eat them within a month of freezing.
Some links with more detailed information on making your own baby food:
How to Make Your Own Baby Food at babycenter
Wholesome Baby Food at momtastic
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This is Day 22 of 31 Days of Baby Stuff. Click here to read the rest of the series.