So ever since Dominic was born, I have not given him any store-bought baby food. Okay, that’s sort of a lie. My husband bought 2 small packs of Gerber baby food during the early days (I think he was in denial when I said I wanted to make all of his baby food), but other than that, our boy has only had homemade goodies.
After watching way too many documentaries, I’ve become more determined to really know what’s in our food by making it myself; and considering Dominic is brand new to this world, I wanted to start him off on the right foot. I wanted full nutrition from real ingredients. Yes, it’s a huge commitment. If it meant I wouldn’t sleep until 3am, so be it. I think if something is important enough to you, you’ll somehow find the time, and for me, this was one of those things.
I get a lot of questions about it, so I thought I’d share a mini FAQ here just in case it would be helpful for any other moms that stumble on here (and also reference for myself for the future ha). If you have other questions, feel free to ask!
- Does he only eat from the packets?
- When I first started making baby food, he wasn’t self feeding yet, so I froze the food in ice cube trays. One cube is about 1 ounce, so depending on his growing appetite, I would defrost enough cubes the night before.
- Now that he self feeds, he only eats blended food from the packets. He now eats finger foods, so I use these packets as a snack between meals to make sure he eats a variety of fruits and veggies.
- Before self-feeding, the packets were mostly used during travel – whether it was local or not. It’s more compact and also easier to bulk pack when you have to bring it on a plane than the frozen cubed version. When it’s time to eat, just let it defrost then you can just squeeze it onto a spoon to feed him on the go.
- What brand are the packets and what system do you use to make them?
- How do you know he’ll like what you make?
- Taste test! I have had a few failed ones. Anything with tomato didn’t do well. He liked it initially during the taste test, but didn’t like it after a few tastes from the packet. That said, taste test with a few spoonfuls before putting them in the packet. One is not sufficient, and you don’t want to risk wasting your hard work!
- Are there tried-and-true recipes you can share?
- This site was extremely helpful when I was starting out: http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/. At the end of the day though, I think every child will have different tastes for different foods, and it wasn’t until my most recent batch that I really understood what he would or wouldn’t love. It’ll take some time. Dominic loves anything I mix with apple or butternut squash. With these two as my base, I’m able to add veggies like kale and carrots, and he would inhale it. If it was majority carrots, however, he won’t eat it 🙂
- Any tips you can share?
- When a mixture is too thick – and I don’t want to add water to thin it – I add cucumber which he loves. It’s a refreshing taste, but still subtle.
- When you want to make something creamy – but don’t want to use dairy – use avocado. It adds a nice, creamy taste to any of the mixes, and it’s full of healthy fats. Again, it’s a subtle taste. If you’re okay with dairy, Greek yogurt is a great option. Avocado, banana, and Greek yogurt together was delicious for both baby and me 🙂
- I try to cook everything at once. This means all of the pots and baking trays come out. I bake the squash and sweet potatoes while the stove is on cooking whatever else I decide to cook. I let it all cook, blend them all, then do the mixing. I try to yield at least 20 packets each time. He doesn’t eat one every day; just days where he wants an extra snack or when I couldn’t add enough fruits/veggies to his meals.
Hope this helped!