Making Your Own Baby Food

Making your own fresh baby food is inexpensive and super easy! Follow these easy steps and take the guessing out of what you’re feeding to your baby.

It’s easier than you’d think!

My husband and I both knew pretty early on that when Greyson was ready to begin discovering and eating solid foods we wanted to prepare them ourselves. With the food industry the way it is, leaving foods often unregulated in its preparation, it was important for us that he be introduced to wholesome healthy fruits and veggies versus the store-bought packets or jars.

Now, realistically speaking I was worried that our good intentions would be flanked by having little time to prepare our own baby food considering, you know, taking care of a baby – but thankfully that couldn’t have been further from the truth. All we needed was a few inexpensive materials such as Ziploc baggies, cheap ice cube trays, a blender, and some time carved out for steaming and puree the fruits and vegetables of our choosing.

Making your own fresh baby food is inexpensive and super easy! Follow these easy steps and take the guessing out of what you’re feeding to your baby.

To start making your own baby food, simply pick out your favorite fruits and veggies that you would like to introduce to your baby. Greyson is still in stage 1 of solid foods, which just means he’s limited to simple veggies (orange & green) and fruits that are puréed smooth.

Going to your local farmers market is also a guaranteed way to provide farm fresh produce and veggies for your family and there’s often a wide variety of what’s in season that you can’t find in stores. However, we always shop at Trader Joe’s and I’ve always been happy with their selection of fresh and seasonal produce/veggies.

OUR FAVORITE PUREES:

Peas – Broccoli – Sweet Potato – Butternut Squash – Carrot – Peach
Breakfast Medley: oats (made with breastmilk), blueberries, raspberries, & bananas puréed altogether.

Prepare your foods by steaming them or roasting in the oven. Then, using a blender (or a Nutri-Bullet like me) blend your fruits or veggies until smooth and there’s no chunks. Add water or even breastmilk as needed or until desired consistency is reached.

Using your cheap ice cub trays, spoon into molds until full. (We use these trays from Target for only $1.99). This is about one full serving for baby and is the perfect amount. Pop into the freezer for 2-3 hours so they firm up then place them in a Ziploc or other freezer-safe bags, label, and you’re good to go!

Making your own fresh baby food is inexpensive and super easy! Follow these easy steps and take the guessing out of what you’re feeding to your baby.

Making your own fresh baby food is inexpensive and super easy! Follow these easy steps and take the guessing out of what you’re feeding to your baby.

When you’re ready to serve simply take out a cube of whatever you’d like to feed to baby and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. I like freezing the foods separately then mix and match once thawed. That way you get more options out of each set of veggies/fruits and you can change it up as often as you’d like or as your baby’s tastes change.

Making your own fresh baby food is inexpensive and super easy! Follow these easy steps and take the guessing out of what you’re feeding to your baby.
Homemade carrot puree.

We’ve been making our own baby food this way for about two weeks now and it has made introducing new foods to our son so much easier and less of a hassle! I love being able to put just a little effort in the beginning and in the end having enough food to last us a few months by freezing them into the cubes. I also love mixing the different flavors and seeing what Greyson enjoys eating as well as changing it up when he doesn’t seem to like certain flavors (like peas!).

Making your own fresh baby food is inexpensive and super easy! Follow these easy steps and take the guessing out of what you’re feeding to your baby.

Do you have any other baby food suggestions for Greyson and I? What foods does your infant just love to gobble up?

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  • Wow, this is SO easy! My baby is going to be here in the next month or so, but I’ve already been planning to make baby food for him once he’s 6 months old or so. I’m worried about the way store bought is made and what extra ingredients might be included. Since I work from home, I’ll have plenty of time to make his food myself!

    • It’s exciting to create your own food and something healthy for baby. It does take some time, but you’re right – food today you never know what you’re getting. Even our pediatrician said often times the food companies extract sugars and concentrate them when placed back in so they’re extra sweet to get kids to eat them. It’s a shame we can’t trust where our food comes from, but at the end of the day I’m happy to make my baby’s food from scratch. Thanks so much for stopping by Jenna!

    • It’s exciting to create your own food and something healthy for baby. It does take some time, but you’re right – food today you never know what you’re getting. Even our pediatrician said often times the food companies extract sugars and concentrate them when placed back in so they’re extra sweet to get kids to eat them. It’s a shame we can’t trust where our food comes from, but at the end of the day I’m happy to make my baby’s food from scratch. Thanks so much for stopping by Jenna!

  • Wow, this is SO easy! My baby is going to be here in the next month or so, but I’ve already been planning to make baby food for him once he’s 6 months old or so. I’m worried about the way store bought is made and what extra ingredients might be included. Since I work from home, I’ll have plenty of time to make his food myself!

  • I love this so much! We ended up going the baby lead weaning route but I’m all for making homemade baby food!

    • Thank you! Food is love in our home and we were so excited when our doctor gave us the go-ahead to start him on solids. I think that since we make the majority of our dinners at home that our son should have the same privilege 🙂

  • I love this so much! We ended up going the baby lead weaning route but I’m all for making homemade baby food!

  • Deborah Morey

    Hi Kelly!
    We are past the baby stage but wanted to chime in. We did this for all three of our kids and it was FABULOUS! Hopefully your encouragement will help other moms to dive in and give this a try. Save some money and provide better quality food for the baby. Win Win

    • Thanks so much for stoping by! I find a lot of enjoyment making his own food – I have nothing against mothers who opt for store-bought baby food, but I find that when we are able to do the things our grandparents did it takes the stress out of it. Plus, I know exactly what is going in by making it myself.

  • KELLY! THIS IS GENIUS! We’ve been doing baby-led weaning, in the sense of whatever we’re eating we chop up and put in front of Aiden so he can practice grabbing it and feeding himself. But I really want him to be on solids by 9-ish months, so that means introducing purees, and I will DEFINITELY be following this method. I can’t believe how easy it is!

    • Haha Julie you are hilarious! I think it’s great that you’re letting him discover the foods you’re eating. I want Greyson to know that food is fun and we plan to let him try the foods we’re eating when he’s a bit older. Making our own purees have been such a life saver and time saver these last few weeks. I hope it’s helpful to other mamas out there!

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