(Inside: My boobs got tired, baby was hungry and I didn’t like the little cans of shit that cost an arm and a leg. So, I make baby food at home. And, now, because I am a benevolent friend, I shall share How to Make Baby Food at Home Without Going Nuts.)
Is your baby about to start solid foods (meaning: are your boobs tired of all that workout–and your arm sick of holding a bottle? yup. it’s time.)?
When you make baby food at home, you can save money and reduce waste (and be all green and shit, yay!).
You also can choose more nutritious options (yippee too!).
Fresh foods are typically more nutritious than canned (that’s what the current thought is), and you can purchase organic food to prepare for baby if you wish.
You can also avoid unwholesome ingredients that show up in commercial baby food and–what kind of led to this in my family: you can avoid any allergy-inducing elements that are commonly put in baby food.
See? Learning How to Make Baby Food at Home doesn’t have to make you crazy, be an extra blackhole in your wallet or a whip on already strained time schedules.
In fact, the easiest and cheapest way is my whole philosophy.
Let’s do this shit.
How to Make Baby Food at Home Without Going Nuts
First, don’t bother with buying one of those fancy-ass baby food grinders. They’re hard to clean and too much hassle.
I hate them. The end. Unless you love them–some women swear by them.
Feel free to buy one–I changed my mind. Maybe you’ll love it.
If you wait until your baby is 6 months old to start solids, you can almost always just mash what you’re eating with a fork to the desired consistency. I have an entire list of 104 things you can feed baby that aren’t baby food that they can chow down on without teeth.
Good rule of thumb thought, wait until baby’s “pincer grasp” is developed and offer him small finger foods like peas, bits of grated apple, and the like.
And just so you know, the pincer grasp is developed when baby can pinch small objects (like those bits of carpet fluff or food on the kitchen floor!) in between his thumb and first finger.
Regarding potential allergies–go slow.
In fact, if you have a family tendency towards food allergy, like I did, waiting longer to start solids may be preferable. Although my munchkin couldn’t wait, so we just avoided what we could.
But, no matter what baby’s age, always offer one new food at a time. Then wait several days to watch for signs of allergy before offering another new food.
Regarding anything, take it slow. And simple.
So, start with fresh single ingredient foods like:
- Steamed carrot, turnip, potato, yam
- Ripe pear, peach, melon, plum
- Cooked squash
- Grated apple- raw or steamed
- Well cooked beans
- Hard cooked egg yolks (avoid the whites until 1 year)
You can serve some of these foods raw. Others, you can lightly steam (steaming retains more nutrients than canning), to make them softer for baby.
You can even make some of those fancy baby foods just like you’d buy at the store in the Instant Pot…I have a few recipes that I generally love:
- Apple Pear Raspberry Cereal
- Pumpkin Carrots
- Peas and Broccoli
- Banana Oatmeal
- Zucchini Cauliflower
- Banana Pear
But it’s not necessary to make a big deal of preparing baby’s food.
If you want to take a lot of time blending food and freezing them in ice cube trays, you could certainly do that. But I’m all for the easy approach.
You do want to avoid giving baby salt and sugar (and spices that may upset the tummy). But you can usually just take an ingredient from your own menu and “make” baby’s dinner.
For instance, if you’re steaming veggies to serve at dinner, take some out of the pan before you add butter and salt.
Put this in baby’s plate and mash away. Bam!
Instant baby food with no extra work.
Or take a bit of beef from your roast and mash mash mash until it’s very soft. Seriously.
Even when you’re at a restaurant, you can either bring an apple with you and “grate” it finely with a spoon at your table, Or bring along a banana or other portable food.
Any restaurant with a salad bar would have cooked beans or avocado.
Or give baby a bit of your baked potato (before you add the good shit on top).
Seriously, dude, life with a new baby is challenging enough.
Don’t overthink. Keep EVERYTHING simple.
And then pin this, because if you don’t many bad chain letters shall rain down on your Facebook Messenger account…