Baby Food Tricks of the Trade

I've been making homemade baby food for my daughter for about 4 months now. As she starts eating more and more things I'm expanding the "recipes." But I'm also picking up a few tricks along the way. I thought I'd share them with you.

When your baby starts out eating solids, or when they're first trying a new food, freeze leftover home made baby food in ice cube trays. Pop them out and store in zip lock bags. Each cube is 1 oz.

As your baby gets older and needs more to eat at each meal start freezing homemade baby food in small cupcake trays. Use foil cupcake liners so the food doesn't get permanently stuck in the tray. The tray I use makes 3 oz portions. Serve the babyfood cupcake alone or add one of your 1 oz food cubes depending on your baby's appetite.

Use a turkey baster for a no-mess fast way to load up the ice cube trays with thinly pureed baby foods. This only works for thin foods like squash, pears and peaches.

Mix various fruits and veggies together before you freeze them. You can even cook and puree combos like chicken/peas/carrots or squash/apples together. Make sure your baby has gone through the 4 day wait for each food before you start mixing it with other foods.

Don't stress yourself out about only serving homemade food. Sometimes (ie overnight trips) you might have to buy a jar of baby food. Look for organic products and give your baby a taste before hand in case she flat out refuses them. If that's the case come up with a plan B.

Skip the baby-specific yogurt that's packed in individual portions and priced like gold. Instead pick up a large container of Organic plain whole milk yogurt and measure it out for your baby. I usually serve 1/3 or 1/4 cup of yogurt mixed with fruit and/or pasta for lunch.

Offer water instead of juice. If you get your baby liking the taste of water early on she won't know what she's missing in the juice department.

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1 comment:

mom2four said...

she is so cute!
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