I’ve heard from so many people that making your own baby food is easy, so I was not hesitant at all to give it a try when Jude was ready for solid foods. Last weekend, we started with pears and acorn squash, and this weekend I’ve added sweet potatoes and more pears since he loves them so much. My sister told me about a great website that gives you recipes, and it couldn’t be easier. I think a lot of moms are unsure about making your own baby food because it sounds time-consuming. It really isn’t at all! Working full-time, I find that weekends are a mad dash to finish tasks before Monday morning, and I still found the time to do it. Your stove or oven and your blender do most the work, and you can make a freeze a large batch all at once, so it’s not like you have to do this numerous times throughout the week.
For pears, you just peel and slice them and place them in a pot on the stove. Cook them on low heat for about 20-30 minutes or until they are fork tender.
Then you simply let them cool and then dump them in to the blender to puree. After they are smooth, I pour them into ice-cube trays and let them set up in the freezer. Once they are solid, pop them out in to a snack-size ziplock bag, and they can stay in your freezer until ready for use. Each ice-cube is one ounce, so that gives you an idea of how much your baby is consuming as well.
For the acorn squash, I cut it in half down the middle, scooped out the seeds, and placed the halves, open sides down, in a Pyrex baking dish with about an inch of water in it. Roast for one hour, scoop out the “meat” and place in the blender. Sweet potatoes are similar. Bake in the oven as you normally would, scoop out the potato, and blend until it’s smooth. Squash and sweet potato both freeze well. I added a little water to them in the blender in order to get the best consistency for Jude.
There are so many reasons to make your own food for your baby. You know what’s in it and whose hands have touched it. It’s also more cost efficient. I spent about $7 on organic sweet potatoes, and it made this much food.
The leading brand of organic baby food runs about 25 cents an ounce, so it’s a huge savings. Most significantly, you get the satisfaction of making your baby happy. For a lot of us, there is no better feeling than making something and watching someone happily devour it. You can’t get that same feeling from purchasing a jar on a store shelf. Here’s Jude enjoying some sweet potatoes soon after I made them. He’s serious about his food!