Homemade Baby Food

How to Make Baby Food

by contributing writer Brandy Ferguson

Whether you begin feeding your baby solid foods at an early age or follow more of a baby-led weaning later on, homemade baby food is easy to make.  Not only is homemade fresher and often more nutritious, it can also be much less expensive than the store-bought varieties.

With our eighth baby, I waited until he was 8 or 9 months old, and tried to take my cue from him for when he was ready to try solid foods.  Many foods, I simply mashed with a fork and offered to him, which he accepted with great success.

Since he did enjoy a smoother texture, I experimented with just a few purees and made several of his favorites to keep in the freezer.

I bought these handy trays for freezing, but you can just as easily use BPA-free ice-cube trays.  Once frozen, just pop them out and store in freezer bags until ready to thaw and serve.

Good First Foods

When your baby is ready, here are a few easy foods to start with that require nothing more than a fork for mashing:

  • ripe, mashed avocado
  • ripe, mashed banana
  • baked, mashed sweet potato
  • steamed, mashed squash
  • cooked egg yolks (no whites, thinned with water)

Vegetables

While it’s not always necessary to puree your baby’s foods, some moms prefer to do so.  For most vegetables, the process of making baby food is generally the same.  Steam or boil the vegetables until tender, then mash or place in a food processor and pulse until smooth.  When necessary, add a bit of filtered water to thin any veggie purees and make them the right consistency for your baby.

One great benefit of making baby food ahead of time and keeping in the freezer is the ability to have it ready to either serve your baby at home or even toss it into a diaper bag for later that day.

A few great veggies for experimenting with include the following:

Not only can you serve these veggie purees to your baby, you can also add them into sauces, chili, and even some soups as a way to sneak in foods that your older and pickier children wouldn’t eat otherwise.

Fruits

Fruits can sometimes take a while longer to steam, but the process works the same.  Steam or boil, then process or mash until completely smooth.  Again, you can skip the puree process entirely if your baby is ready.

Teething Biscuits

Once your baby begins cutting teeth, you might decide to make your own teething biscotti, too.

Vegetable Casserole for Toddlers

Toddler Veggie Casserole

Once your older baby has a few teeth and has moved on to a bigger variety of foods, not only can you experiment and mix and match the fruit and veggie puree combinations (or just serve them softer, bite-size chunks), but you can begin offering him/her foods with a bit more texture and variety, too.

This recipe for Toddler Veggie Casserole is extremely flexible.  You can choose any vegetables that your baby or toddler tolerates well and even add a bit of garlic, onion, butter and/or cheese, if you prefer.  Our one-year-old and two-year-old boys love it!

More recipes from Brandy

About Brandy Ferguson

Brandy, a homeschooling mom of eight boys, loves learning
and teaching others how to cook real food for real families on a real
budget.  You can find more of her recipes at TheMarathonMom.com.


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Comments

  1. Aleah says:

    Fun food tip for teething babies: I mash up a ripe banana and mix with some peanut butter and put it in the freezer. After a couple hours it gets like ice cream! My son loves it when he is teething and it hurts to chew. Obviously, you should make sure your baby isn’t allergic to peanut butter before offering this up!

  2. Marguerite Miller says:

    For easy meals on the go (when you are out to eat as a family), carry a garlic press in your diaper bag! Whatever food you order for yourself, can easily be smooshed through the garlic press for instant baby food! Just watch out for the sauces they may use! But when you order steamed veggies, you have instant baby food!

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