Do You Make Homemade Baby Food?

It may sound difficult, but making homemade organic baby food has tremendous benefits for baby, the environment and your budget.  Also, it is by no means difficult to plop cooked food into a blending device and swirl it up.  Both Rebecca and I have conquered the art of baby purees despite the fact that both of us felt totally overwhelmed as new mothers for the first year.  Have you given homemade baby food a whirl?  If so, what are your standbys and how did you get started?  What challenges have you faced?  We find that like many other green lifestyle pursuits, most people gain the confidence to make the shift when they have friends or family who have tried it before.  Hopefully our readers can provide that online community for each other.  Thanks for sharing your baby food secrets!  And for more recipes and tips, check out our book, The Eco-nomical Baby Guide: Down to Earth Ways for Parents to Save Money and the Planet.

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  1. We’ve always done homemade babyfood – it always seemed so easy too. We’ve done peas, carrots, squash, avocado, bananas, pears – with the veggies we steam them, throw them in the food processor, and then into an ice cube tray. (avocado we just mash and then put in the ice cube tray) – once frozen we move them to ziplock bags. super easy. super cheap. The only thing we buy pre-made is applesauce. Hes 8 1/2 months now, so we usually just mash whatever we are eating with a fork a little and feed it to him now.

  2. We do the same thing as Sarah mostly. I need to start making it in bulk and freezing it as she does. I usually just do it as I go…but I bet it would be easier to do it like that. Also, this is my third child and the first time I’ve done home made food. With the first two I didn’t realize I had choices. I just thought that the stuff on the shelves is what you give them. I am so glad that my eyes were opened to the better option. I also am cloth diapering this time around too which has been just awesome!

  3. My little one is almost 8 months old, and although she isn’t incredibly interested in solid food, we have been practicing with little bits. I’ve been blending and freezing yams, carrots, apples, and pears so far. I’m happy with how easy the process is, and feel certain that we can keep it up without any need for the jar baby food. It’s one of the easier “green” things we’ve done so far…and Vera loves the homemade applesauce!

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