DIY Baby Food
Making your own baby food is economical, safer for your baby, and extremely easy! You will surely love doing this for your baby!
- Store-bought organic – $.69 per serving
- Store-bought non-organic – $.53 per serving
- Homemade organic – $.38 per serving
- Homemade non-organic – $.23 per serving*
Always wash your hands and your produce before beginning!
1. Choose Fruits and Veggies
Always try your hardest to buy organic produce for your baby as it does not have any pesticides, and is the best choice. Always wash your produce before beginning!
- Sweet Potato (It is a wonderful choice because it is a SUPERFOOD packed full of potassium, vitamins, and fiber!
- Apples (A great first food, and a way to get your baby to eat other foods, so try mixing)
- Squash (Yummy and packed full of vitamins and fiber)
- Green Beans
2. Peel, Core, and Cube
Make sure you wash your veggies and fruit before peeling, coring, and/or cubing.
Always steam veggies or fruit because the quicker they cook the fewer nutrients they lose. Also, boiling leaches the nutrients out of the fruits and veggies.Cooking them quickly and in a small amount of water helps preserve some of their water-soluble vitamins.
Blend the fruit and/or veggies and add water or breast milk to thin if you have a younger baby. If your baby is older leave some texture.
5. Jar it up!
Add to jars, and label. I usually make a huge batch, and store in the freezer. Once frozen, you have 1 month before the nutrients start to diminish. Out of the freezer, I take the lid off, and put it in the microwave for 1 minute, and it comes out perfectly lukewarm!
*baby food cost chart courtesy of mint.com