How to Make Your Own Baby Food

So, your little darling has reached a new milestone in their life, congrats! Your baby can now eat solid food and that’s not a small matter. The time of eating solids will definitely give you a new set of tasks and things to consider when it comes to your little one’s diet, but that’s nothing to worry about. With the right information, you’ll be tailoring your baby’s healthy habits in no time! 

Baby food, although it seems quite simple, can actually be very varied (and it’s better for it!). There are lots of options out there - organic baby food that you can purchase from the market or online, but also homemade baby food, which is a personal preference for some parents. 

For the most part, baby food is really easy to prepare, which is why it’s also a good idea to make it at home, especially if you want to be extra careful about the ingredients that enter your baby’s organism. There are a couple of things, however, you need to consider before you start preparing it by yourself instead of getting it from the store. That’s why in this article we attempted to cover the basics of how to make your own baby food and why that’s a good idea. 

If you want to know more about when your baby should start eating solid food, you can check out our special article which covers this very important topic. (not yet published)

Why You Should Make Your Own Baby Food

There are plenty of reasons why you’d want to make baby food for your little one in your own home (even though manufacturers’ compete for ever better production of baby food): 

Slight disadvantages (we’ve got to mention them, just to be fair) to make homemade baby food would be the following: 

Nevertheless, there are still a lot of benefits of preparing baby food at home, and it all basically depends on the parents’ choices and lifestyle habits. 

What Will You Need to Prepare Baby Food 

Since baby solid food consists mostly of stuff that has been pureed, you’ll mostly need something to puree or grind your baby’s food with. This means that something of the likes of a blender, immersion blender or a food processor will be able to do the job perfectly, and plus they’re items that you probably already have in your home. If you want to get more specific and experimental with the baby food, there are some items which are specifically designed for it, such as: 

If you don’t have any of these gadgets and items at home, and you don’t really want to spend much on new ones, there’s still another trick in the book - you can always use the good, old fork. A fork works especially well for foods such as butternut squash, avocado, banana, and sweet potatoes. 

What Kind of Food to Use for Your Baby’s Homemade Meals 

When it comes to baby food, fresh is always the best option. Your baby’s health is not something to negotiate with and when choosing the ingredients that go in their food, you shouldn’t be too tight on the cash (unless you really have to, that is). 

So, as we said, only the best and freshest ingredients will do: whether it’s fruit, veggies or meat, try to use whatever you’ve planned in the next couple of days. 

Frozen food is also a good option when fresh is not readily available. 

In our article about the basics of feeding your baby solids, you can see in more detail when to start feeding your little one solid food. Pediatricians usually recommend doing this after the baby grows older than 4 months, aka somewhere in between 4-6 months. 

The AAP (American Academy of Pediatricians) recommends against feeding your little one vegetables that have a high nitrate content if they’re younger than 3 months - these are veggies such as carrots, beets, spinach, squash, and green beans. The reason for this is that nitrates are actually chemicals that can be found in the soil, water, and certain types of food like the ones mentioned above. The AAP warns against feeding these foods to infants because the concentration of nitrates in them can be toxic for very young babies (babies younger than 3 months as we noted above). 

Babies’ digestive system matures after they get 4 or more months old (which is part of the reason why solids are recommended between 4 and 6 months) and is already able to digest the nitrates present in some veggies.  

Serving and Storing Baby Food

Some important tips to consider when preparing, serving and storing baby food are the following: