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Anyone not make baby food?

post #1 of 50
Thread Starter 
So, some moms I know IRL spend quite a bit of time making baby food by pureeing different veggies, storing in the freezer, etc. I always have just planned to give dd soft finger foods at first - yam, avacado, etc. and then give her what we're eating. (I'm also excited about how this is a great motivator to me to eat healthier than I do now.)

Am I being unrealistic? Is there any need to give her different stuff than we have? And is there any point to baby cereal?

BTW, my dd isn't started on solids yet and won't be for at least another month.
post #2 of 50
We skipped the baby food stage altogether and went straight to finger foods and self-feeding at 10 months.

take care
post #3 of 50
I had all these grand plans about making baby food, and I did - maybe three times I even planted a garden this summer so I could freeze food. Now I am pretty much too lazy to make anything. I just cut things small and squish it a bit between my fingers to make sure its not too chunky. Sometimes I chew up a bit of something (like raw veggies) and feed him that (I feel like we're birds!)

Despite exhortions to put my ds on pablum at 10 days from my parents, at 8 and a half months, he gets one serving of food, most days. It depends what I'm doing.
post #4 of 50
No baby food here either. We just give dfs teeny, tiny bites of what we are eating. Food can also be squashed just a little with a fork as you are doing the feeding or pre-chewed (the easiest way) a bite or two if you are really concerned about a particular food.
post #5 of 50
We totally use commercial baby foods. For us they're not nearly the expense everyone warned us in horrified tones that they'd be; also, frankly, with such an active high-needs baby, no way am I spending my precious time making baby food when there are so many well-prepared & organic choices out there. I thought we'd start with soft finger foods too but our food-demandin', puree-lovin', high-gaggin' son had other ideas. There are strong negative opinions about & bad experiences with baby cereal for sure but I can only tell you that ours has also enjoyed that immensely, especially oats.

Have fun when solids get here -- it's a whole new world!
post #6 of 50
For Maia I spent 2 hours in the kitchen one day and made about 6 weeks worth of peas, beans, and sweet potatoes, . Froze it in ice cube trays and that was it. We started at 6 months (I also mashed banana, ripe pears, peaches, and avacado as she needed it. ) We also used canned pumpkin (without the spices, but a $1.99 can gave me about 20 servings which I froze) after 6-8 weeks of the chunky purees she was on finger foods or eating from out plate. I plan on the same for Sage, but we will wait until she is over 7 months to start as she was 7 weeks early and I have Crohn's disease so we are workign on keeping a virgin gut for as long as I can.
post #7 of 50
Nope, you're not unrealistic! It is SO much easier than a)buying over-priced tiny jars of food or b) spending forever cooking, blending, freezing and cleaning. I went straight to table foods with ds #2...he didn't like unseasoned stuff so we kinda skipped soft-cooked finger foods, now he just eats whatever I make as long as it's not a choking hazard or possible allrgen.
post #8 of 50
I plan on using jarred food and food off of our dinner table. My older kids arte the baby cereal for a little while and this one will too.
post #9 of 50
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We totally use commercial baby foods. For us they're not nearly the expense everyone warned us in horrified tones that they'd be; also, frankly, with such an active high-needs baby, no way am I spending my precious time making baby food when there are so many well-prepared & organic choices out there. I thought we'd start with soft finger foods too but our food-demandin', puree-lovin', high-gaggin' son had other ideas. There are strong negative opinions about & bad experiences with baby cereal for sure but I can only tell you that ours has also enjoyed that immensely, especially oats.

That's us too My ds loves the pureed food, I've made my own but can't nearly get it as smooth, and he's a huge gag reflex, so its organic/jarred for him..he 's his cereal too!!!
post #10 of 50
I absolutely do not make baby food. I am way too lazy and unorganized to even imagine doing such a thing. As my babies start solids, I mush a little of whatever I happen to be eating with a fork or my fingers and let them have that.
post #11 of 50
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the replies, mamas! It's so helpful to hear what other people have done when deciding what to try first with my dd.
post #12 of 50
After going through the introduction to solids with dd I think that baby food is the biggest rip-off out there. I think babies are not ready for soilds until they can feed themselves. Period. Cereal is nasty and worthless. I don't think that babies are designed to be spoon fed at all. Maybe a tiny taste here and there- beyond that they're designed to feed themselves.

I do make some "baby food" I steam veggies and freeze them in small portions - like I make sweet potato sticks that she loves and things of that sort. Mashed crap? Forget it.

-Angela
post #13 of 50
I'm actually returning my baby food processor this week, I don't have the time. So far I've given the "crappy jar's", as Great Grandma gave them to me. I figure, by the time he samples everything, he'll eat finger foods..

*******since we're on the topic, anyone try the "safe feeders" you know the mesh bags that hold whole veggies and fruit that the babe sucks thru the mesh? I know my nephew is more impressed by tossing it on the ground. anyone have info before I buy...
post #14 of 50
With my first (twin girls) I bought a food processor and those ice cube trays with lids. I had my Super Baby Food book out and was ready to go. I did one big batch of sweet potatoes. That was the only time that food processor ever got used.

It is wonderful if you can manage it time wise, it was just hard for me.

We ended up using Earth's Best Organic -- whole grain cereals and organic baby food. Along with things we would just mush up like bananas, avocados, etc.

I'll probably just use Earth's Best again with this baby.
post #15 of 50
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Originally Posted by mighty-mama
I'm actually returning my baby food processor this week, I don't have the time. So far I've given the "crappy jar's", as Great Grandma gave them to me. I figure, by the time he samples everything, he'll eat finger foods..

*******since we're on the topic, anyone try the "safe feeders" you know the mesh bags that hold whole veggies and fruit that the babe sucks thru the mesh? I know my nephew is more impressed by tossing it on the ground. anyone have info before I buy...
I have the mesh teethers, and my dd really liked them when she was younger. The first thing we used the teether for was momsicles (frozen breastmilk in little cubes) when we were trying to find ways to hold dd off from solids. When she started teething quite a lot around 6.5 months, we froze pureed fruits in ice cube trays and gave her those to chew. We still use them occasionally for frozen grapes (dd loves them), but she has two teeth and I don't want her to tear a hole in them.

The biggest downside is that they're kind of a pain to clean.

Wow, so thinking back, I guess we didn't use them all *that* much, maybe actively for 3 months? I think we bought two of them for $5 at Target.
post #16 of 50
My daughter's just started solids. I bought a food mill today, but I haven't made any baby food yet. She's eating the Earth's Best organic jarred foods, and organic brown rice cereal from Earth's Best.
post #17 of 50
we've just done the soft finger foods. my older kids were both late solid starters and so they were able to handle the soft foods right from the start. I haven't really ever bothered to puree baby foods for them. I occasionally made things in the blender for them. My MIL though, loves to make baby foods and put it in ice trays so I let her make feasts for my little one
post #18 of 50
We've done homemade baby food in the past. It wasn't nearly as difficult and time consuming as I thought it'd be. I made like, 2 or 3 different "batches" of pureed fruit/veggies to freeze. By the time we went through them, we were already giving her fork-mashed foods.

To the OP, here is a link that might interest you. It's a method that I'm considering with my son, when he's ready for solids.

Baby-led Approach to Solids
post #19 of 50
I am a BIG fan of homemade babyfood, I'll admit. I find that its really very easy.

As far as grains/cereal goes, I blend mixed grains and beans and lentils in my blender once a month, at most. It lasts in the fridge preblended until I'm ready to cook it. Then I cook a batch of cereal once every four days, which takes me ten minutes. Takes much less time than cooking whole grains.

As far as veggies go, I've found that it's much faster to cook food and throw it into a food processor than to take the time to cut it up by hand into small pieces. I have six ice cube trays, so I make a whole lot at once. I wouldn't know how else to get her to eat things like kale, collards, etc.

I've used my babyfood mill only a handful of times. Making such a small quantity doesn't feel efficient. Having a full-sized food processor has made all the difference.

I just couldn't stand the thought of spending so much money on babyfood jars. We're vegetarian, and even Earth's Best contains a far amount of meat once you've passed the first stage.

At this point (DD is 16 months) she still has cereal and veggies for breakfast and for dinner. For lunch and snacks she'll have cut up toast, cheese, hard boiled eggs, mac & cheese, fresh fruit, or almond butter & jelly sandwich.

It's not that hard to do! Having good equipment makes a big difference. I found the Super Baby Food book to be very helpful.

Aven
post #20 of 50
Nikki, thanks for the link on the baby-led approach. That is basically the approach I am taking. Except that I have allowed myself to put stuff in dfs's mouth when he screams for it because he is frustrated because he isn't getting the aim right. He does have "jerky" arm movement according to his developmental specialist, which is probably part of the problem. Anyway, now I am wondering if it wouldn't be useful to back off and allow him some of that frustration but also try bigger hunks of food with him. Hmmm...

Something I'll be pondering.
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