How to Make your own Baby Food

There are a million different products out there designed to help you make your own baby food. And while I do not doubt that they work, I also know from experience that you don’t need all the bells and whistles. There is no reason to spend a ton of money on systems to make baby food. In this post I will go over a few basics of what works for me.

Besides some normal kitchen utensils I have had the greatest success with a couple ice cube trays and the KidCo Baby Steps Food Mill.

In another post I will go over different foods to that are great to start with as well as what foods you should avoid. But for now lets just go over the basics of making your own baby food.

Prepare whatever the food you want to feed as you normally would. For this example I made oatmeal and sweet potatoes. For the oatmeal I made it as I usually would but left out the salt in the water. Once is was cooked I add just a little bit of apple juice to help thin it out. You can also use formula or breast milk. For the sweet potatoes I simply peeled, cut and boiled them until they were done. I also used a little bit of breast milk to help thin them out a little.

Following the directions with your KidCo baby food mill put it together. Add the food into the container and then turn the handle. This will mash the food so it is easier for baby to eat.

Once the food has been run through the mill spoon it out into an ice cube tray. Then place the tray in the freezer until it is frozen.

Once the food is frozen, remove from the trays and place it in freezer bags. I label mine with what is inside and the date. Once you are ready to serve, I just place a cube in a small bowl and allow it to thaw at room temperature.

I have had the same KidCo baby food mill since I had Genghis 5 years ago. I loaned it out to a friend for awhile and am now using it with Miss Stalin. It has held up great. Not one single issue and I love that it has fed 3 kids from 2 families so far. I love making my own baby food. I know exactly what my kids are eating and there are no extra preservatives or ingredients that I don’t want them to have.

Stay tuned for another post on what foods are good to start with as well as a few recipes.

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Rachel Akers writes about crafts, recipes, and features the adventures of a family of 4. It is always crazy but I wouldn't change it for the world! Comments or questions? Talk to me on Facebook or Twitter or sign up for our RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.