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Can you experienced moms tell me how to make home made baby food? My dd is 4 months old, and when we eventually start solids I'd like to make my own - how do you do it? Thanks
 

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Skip the idea of "baby food" and just feed table food as your DD is ready for it. When she is ready to feed herself small chunks (or aim a spoon that you fill towards her mouth), then you can start giving small pieces of soft foods. Some good first foods include avocado, banana, and sweet potato. Hard-cooked egg yolk (no whites before a year). Otherwise, unless it's something seasonal that you want to preserve for the future (like really good homegrown squash or berries) I wouldn't bother preparing separate foods for her as "baby food". Just let her feed on what you're eating, as long as it's not allergenic, or a choking hazard, or very very spicy. Observe a four-day period in between new foods so you can discover what the problem is if there is a problem at any time, and have fun. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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No need for baby food. Babies are only ready for solids when they can self feed themselves soft chunks.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I basically followed the guidelines on <a href="http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com" target="_blank">www.wholesomebabyfood.com</a>. For almost everything, cook until really soft (I steamed most stuff), then puree it with a little cooking water. I made a big batch all at once, froze it into 1 oz cubes in an ice cube tray, and stored it in a ziploc bag in the freezer. I did squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, peas, and green beans this way.
 

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Just google homemade baby food and there are tons of ideas and websites and books.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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The above is a matter of opinion. Many people disagree with this. My baby is 9 mos and still gags on solid solids but enjoys purees a great deal.<br><br>
There is no right or wrong way to feed a baby. Baby food is just fine. Feeding off the table is just fine. Anything inbetween is just fine. There is no right or wrong way. It all leads to a toddler who can eat food. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Sure there is. A lot of people wouldn't think that highly-processed, jarred baby food with additives, or rice cereal which is processed to the taste and consistency of paste, are "just fine." A lot of parents of kids with allergies would not think that feeding children any old foods at any old time is "just fine." There are certain foods that are known allergens, which you should not feed to young children. Giving honey or egg whites to a child under one year is not fine. Giving whole peanuts or popcorn or hot dogs to a small child who could choke on them is not just fine.<br><br>
We may disagree about whether or not to feed purees vs. small chunks of food, or whether or not to give premade "baby food" versus table food, but there are some issues on which nutritionists, pediatricians and parents agree. You have to follow a few simple common-sense (or maybe NOT so common?) guidelines unless you want to put your child's health at risk.<br><br>
And while Googling is an easy method to get lots of information, it will also give you a lot of contradictory information. i am assuming that the OP wants some opinions from like-minded people, or some tried-and-true suggestions, not just a barrage of information and opinion from all different sources.
 

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My daughter is not ready for little chunks but LOVES the food I make her.<br>
I buy Organic (local if possible) and make it from there.<br>
I have done apples, pears, carrots, squash and sweet potatoes. I am finding it hard to find the green organic veggies except broccoli and that will make her too gassy. For apples, pears and carrots I boil them until they are really soft and swollen. I then peel (if needed) and mush it up and put in blender. Usually there is enough water but if not I poor a bit from the pot into it. For squash and sweet potatoes I put in the oven until soft. I took the meat and did the same thing. I put in ice cube trays to freeze then put in ziploc bags.<br>
I will be starting meat in a bit. I have someone local who raises organic chicken so I will be getting one from them and doing it up. I will not be adding anything to it. I find that since they are so young they don't know the difference so I want to keep it as natural as possible. No salt or butter in anything.<br>
It feels so right scooping that wholesome food into her tiny little mouth. I can't believe I fed jarred foods with my others. I guess you learn as time goes on.<br>
Good luck.
 
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