How to Make Baby Food
I don’t think I ever feel more domesticated than when I’m making baby food. Dave thinks that is hilarious. I have no idea why, but I just feel like my inner domestic goddess shines bright when I’m pureeing vegetables for my baby. I also find it kind of therapeutic. Unless Atlas is whining for me to pick him up and/or Andi is screaming at the top of her lungs. Then it isn’t therapeutic at all and I’m like, “Oh my gosh! Forget it! We will all just eat ice-cream, okay?!”
I made most of Atlas’ baby food from the time he was 4 months old and now I’m making baby food again for Andi. I thought I would share 3 of our current favorite baby food recipes, just in case any of you mamas out there are looking for ideas. Andi is now 6 months old and has been eating solids for over 2 months, so I’m blending a few fruits and veggies together for each of her meals. Obviously, if your baby is just starting solids you would need to introduce 1 food at a time. And I’m not a doctor, so I think it goes without saying that you should always consult your child’s pediatrician before giving them solids.
Sweet Potatoes, Corn & Apples
- Peel Sweet Potatoes (I typically use 2) and apples (I typically use 1 or 2) and cut into cubes.
- Line a baking sheet with tin foil and spray lightly with Pam.
- Place Sweet Potatoes & apples on baking sheet and lightly drizzle them with olive oil and then sprinkle them with a little salt and cinnamon.
- Bake at 375° for roughly 30 minutes, or until they are easily pierced with a fork.
- Boil Corn or sauté in a pan with a little olive oil until cooked through (I usually use frozen corn).
- Blend the roasted sweet potatoes, apples and corn together in a blender, adding water until you reach your desired consistency.
Obviously, in the beginning you will need to add more water to ensure the mixture is thin. As your baby gets more comfortable with solids you can decrease the amount of water used and serve a thicker mixture.
Once the mixture has cooled, store in airtight containers (or pouches) either in the freezer or fridge!
Peas & Corn
- Saute´peas and corn with a bit of olive oil and salt until cooked through. Or you can boil the peas and corn. Your choice!
- Put the veggies in the blender and add water until desired consistency is reached.
- Allow to cool and store in airtight containers (or pouches) in the freezer or fridge!
Carrots & Apples
- Boil carrots until they are soft enough to easily stick a fork through them.
- Line a baking sheet with tin foil and lightly spray with Pam. Peel apples and cut into large cubes and place them on the baking sheet. Lightly drizzle apples with olive oil and sprinkle them with cinnamon.
- Bake apples at 375° for about 30 minutes.
- Blend apples and carrots together in a blender and add water to reach desired consistency. I always taste it to see if it needs a pinch of salt.
- Allow mixture to cool and store in airtight containers (or pouches) in the freezer or fridge.
I asked Dave if we could get the Infantino Squeeze Station (the contraption you see in the above photos) last month and he surprised me with it over Christmas (such a gem that husband of mine is)! Oh my word – I love that thing, you guys! I always stored baby food in 4 ounce tupperware containers (I know a lot of people also use ice cube trays) but the pouches are so amazing for grab and go snacks! And they don’t take up nearly as much room in the freezer. Andi still doesn’t suck directly from the pouch that well, so I just squirt the mixture onto a spoon and then feed her because it is less mess at this stage. Atlas loves the pouches though, so its also a great healthy snack for him! I think the Infantino Squeeze Station is very user friendly, easy to store and easy to clean. If you are a baby food makin’ mama and you decide to get the squeeze station, just don’t forget to order the extra pouches because they aren’t reusable.
This post isn’t sponsored. I just really liked the gift my husband surprised me with and wanted to share it here! 🙂
I also want to quickly note that Andi doesn’t always like the foods I make. Some days she loves a meal and then 2 days later I’ll try to give her the same ‘blend’ and she wants no part of it. Eating solids is still touch and go at this stage, but these 3 recipes tend to go over well with her most days.
If you’re interested in more baby food recipes, please leave a comment and let me know! I could probably dedicate 3-4 posts easily on this topic with different recipes that we’ve had success with in our house between our 2 babies. Just not sure what the interest level is! 🙂