DIY Baby Food: 3 Tips, a Recipe, and a Whole Lot of Savings!

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Thankfully, the baby food industry is moving in the right direction, but we still love DIY Baby Food and think these tips and tricks are ESSENTIAL. 

Over the past few years, most manufacturers have taken out the added preservatives in baby food, which makes your life a lot easier as a consumer. Say what?! Yup, we found an industry that has been progressing to make healthier food. While baby food in the grocery stores has been getting healthier (many awesome brands rate a B+ with us), we are still avid fans of those parents that go for DIY and make baby food at home.  This way, you know EXACTLY what you are feeding your baby. Oh, and you’ll save some money while you are at it.  Preparing baby food at home saves an estimated $500 a year.

There are so many different foods to feed your little ones as mush and some of our favorites include bananas, peas, butternut squash, and chicken soup.

Here are 3 essential tips on do-it-yourself baby food:

  1. After cooking and pureeing the food, freeze it in silicone trays (its worth the investment!) that way its easy to pop out and melt for your little one to enjoy.
  2.  Try mixing different flavors. Let two different food cubes melt together and see if your toddler enjoys it!
  3. Don’t know which foods to start with? Stroll through the baby food aisle at the grocery story and look at the different fun flavors being sold. Manufacturers have done the testing and are always coming up with unique flavors such as “spinach, peas & pear” and “broccoli apple.”

Chicken Soup Recipe for Babies!

Ingredients: Chicken, Potato, Leek, Sweet Potato, Carrots, Parsley, Dill,Water

  1. Boil chicken on the bone, potato, leeks, sweet potato, and carrots in a pot.
  2. Wrap the parsley and dill in cheesecloth and add it to the pot for flavor.
  3. Cook until everything is soft.
  4. Take out the chicken and debone it.
  5. Put the chicken pieces back in the pot.
  6. Divide the soup into little containers and mash up the soup with a fork.
  7. Add baby rice cereal to make the soup a little thicker.
  8. Freeze or serve!

We would love to hear your tips, tricks, and thoughts on DIY Baby Food– post below!

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  • K

    Easier and nicer to totally skip “baby food,” period. They don’t need special foods, they don’t need mush, they don’t need bland. Of interest to parents: http://www.borstvoeding.com/voedselintroductie/blw/engels.html
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9646449/ns/health-kids_and_parenting/t/experts-seek-debunk-baby-food-myths/

  • ChonnyM

    I froze mine in ice cube trays then popped in ziplock bags in the freezer, easy to mix and match flavours, and keeps the trays fresh for the next batch

  • Cyndi

    I made all of my daughters food, now at age four she eats anything. Helpful tip make soups and stews in slow cooker with out salt or added sodium mash hers then season the rest for the family. Viola! Everyone eats.

  • Rush Miller

    I must say that every parent should well aware about the value of foods and recipes of their babies. Which might be indicate towards our baby’s health and hazards; there are thousands of food industries that provides millions of baby food products but in reality we must conscious about the nutritional value of our baby foods therefore we used to go for different baby food brands that assured a complete nutritional package.

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  • Peter Clarke

    Baby food industry is one of the most developed and blooming industry. They will definitely increase are people are more interested in the providing their child with the right amount of food, the best quality of food which can only be done with the help of baby food industry. This can help us a lot.

    https://twitter.com/BabyStealsA