it’s strange I feel the need to defend myself + my decision to make our baby’s food. but I do. so, humor me as I share why. (then: the how to). it’s impossible to know 100% what kind of parent you’ll be, until you are one. I know there are many
highly vocalized opinions on how you should raise a baby. from what they eat, where they sleep + how, to how you get their boogers out (I’m looking at you, nosefrida).
the assumptions around parents who make their own baby food make me laugh. mostly because they are not me. like “they only feed their children organic, unprocessed food”. while I’ll admit that’d be ideal, it’s not reality or necessary for us. we have + will feed jackson store-bought baby food. and if the huge bag of sweet potatoes at costco isn’t organic, I’ll still buy it. another assumption, “they clearly have too much time on their hands”. do you make dinner for yourself? ever? then you probably have time.
how to make baby food.
our little is almost 7 months old. he’s in the bottle + baby food stage. we started introducing foods at 5 months. we began to take it seriously at 6 months. now, he’s eating twice a day, at lunch + dinner. so, we go through 14 containers of baby food each week!
I only make baby food once a week. (occasionally less, thanks to the freezer). think: “meal prep” but for baby. so far, I’ve been fairly boring with my baby food creations. sticking to only 1-2 ingredients. our focus right now is to slowly introduce new foods + stick mostly to veggies. not to mention, so many of the store-bought combinations sound awful and I refuse to recreate them in my kitchen. for my shopping list: I buy in bulk, at costco. I’ll get large bags of organic, frozen vegetables (peas, corn + broccoli), fresh green beans + butternut squash, and a 10 lb bags of sweet potatoes.
while I’m in the kitchen, making the husband + I dinner on a sunday night, I multitask! I peel + dice sweet potatoes. boil them in a large pot of water until soft + puree the crap out of them in the food processor. while that’s happening, I roast a butternut squash in the oven until easily scooped out with a spoon. puree that. boil the frozen veggies + puree. the magic words: multitask + puree. (if your baby is new to food, keep the texture smooth. add water, formula or breast milk while pureeing).