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Old 05-09-2006, 11:50 AM   #11
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Re: Do you make your own baby food? Convince me I can.

I make Isabel's food ... we kinda had to, since we make our cats' food - couldn't leave Isabel hanging

I use the book Simply Natural Baby Food, but more as a guideline than a bible. I'm also loosely follwing guidelines for introducing foods to allergic babies - Isabel doesn't have allergies, per se, but DH has a couple major food allergies and Isabel does have very mild eczema - so we're waiting a little longer for the big allergens (dairy, wheat, soy, etc). I like this book because it's really vegetarian-friendly, too.

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Old 05-09-2006, 12:09 PM   #12
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You can do it!! Think of how much $ you'll save! I never could get banannas the right texture so we used the baby food jar of those until he wasn't so sensitive about things being completely smooth. It's such a cinch and just like Cd'ing once you get a system (freezing/reheating/etc) it'll be easier than going out to buy baby food!
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Old 05-09-2006, 01:00 PM   #13
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You can do it! I work full time, do all of the laundry, CDs included and still had time to make her food. Besides being able to choose what your baby eats, it will taste better. When my dd rejected some foods, I finally started tasting them myself and you know, I couldn't blame her.
Did you know that some brands use concentrates in their baby food? I know you want your baby to have the best!

Not only will it taste better, but you will also be able to choose organic fruits and veggies and you can control portions without wasting. I don't know how many times I threw out a jar because DD only ate half of it. Now I can just heat up what I know she will eat.

Food like sweet potates and squash I would make in bulk and be good for at least two weeks.

I also used wholsebabyfood.com for ideas, but really its pretty basic. As pp posters have said, steam or boil (I've even steam-microwaved apples) and mash or puree.

Just wanted to mention that I didn't do the ice cube trays because they don't sit right in our freezer. I bought the Gladware 4oz round containers and they were the perfect size. I could throw them in the diaper bag for the DCP or to have for DD after church if we ate out. They never leaked and haven't cracked in the freezer and do fine in the dishwasher.

Give it a try! BTW, its tons cheaper!!
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Old 05-09-2006, 01:09 PM   #14
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It is soooooo easy. Get Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron. She has TONS of info and cooking instructions. I am convinced that Payton is such a good eater (not at all picky) b/c I made her baby food. That jar stuff is gross (IMO). And another + it is WAY WAY WAY cheaper than buying jars. Even if you buy all organic produce you still save TONS. Good Luck!
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Re: Do you make your own baby food? Convince me I can.

You can definitely do it. I did pretty much the same thing that the pps said, including freezing in ice cube trays, for DS. I hadn't really planned on making my own, but when DS refused jarred bananas, I tasted them and realized they did not taste like bananas, so I mashed some up for him and he loved them. After that, I started steaming and processing almost everything (except carrots. We stuck with jarred carrots). If you make a bunch of one thing at a time, it really doesn't take a lot of effort. I would just do one food a night while making dinner and eventually I had a good variety. If I was baking something, I would toss in a couple of sweet potatoes or some squash and cook it in with dinner.

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Old 05-09-2006, 07:04 PM   #16
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Re: Do you make your own baby food? Convince me I can.

Thanks ladies! I have decided to do the ice cube tray method. I am actually going to start now while he's not really eating anything yet and get a good stockpile going so it won't be so overwhelming when he starts to eat more table food.

I ditto the pp about having all your food come from a jar.... !
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Old 05-09-2006, 07:29 PM   #17
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Glad you are going to give it a go! I made all ds' food and I'm making dd's food now and I love being able to buy organic veggies and control what she is eating. Plus, if you make it, your baby gets so much more variety. For example, Gavin *loved* a ricotta w/ leek recipe - try finding that in a jar! I have the Healthy Baby Meal Planner by Annabel Karmel and love it. DH even tries to sneak bites of Claire's food. I tried Ruth Yaron's book, and didn't really like it - it was organized oddly (not by age, but by food type) which made it hard to browse for things to make (i.e. you'd have to read every section instead of just one!) Gavin was (is) a great eater, but he would absolutely refuse jarred food (when we were on vacation, I couldn't bring enough homemade for the whole trip), so I know my food tasted better! Good luck! Oh, also, we did do the ice cube tray thing, but once we got beyond purees and 1 oz. servings, I started using the round 4 oz. Rubbermaid containers - perfect size for an older baby. Just pull one out of the fridge/freezer and go!
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