Homemade Baby Food 101: Tips, Tricks, How much Money You’re Really Saving and More…

Did you know you could save hundreds of dollars a year making your own baby food? With the right tools and ingredients, making homemade baby food can be super easy (less than ten minutes), fun, a healthier option for your little one, and way cheaper! 

UPDATE: This is a post I pull from my archives. I wrote this when Ava was starting solids and she’s now three years old. Our youngest daughter Zoey (5 months) hasn’t started solids yet but she will soon so I wanted to share this post again in hopes of helping other families going through this same season of life. 

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Joey and I had a feeling making homemade baby food was cheaper but we weren’t really sure as to how much cheaper. We took the price of the pears (which has been the most expensive fruit or vegetable that I have had to buy for Ava) and compared it to the price of one serving of store bought baby food. Here is the break down…

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That’s about $900 a year you can save by making homemade baby food!

Here are some things that helped me during this new journey of baby food making…

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Right now Ava isn’t eating mixed foods but I plan on starting soon. These are some varieties that I would like to try. If you have any other suggestions on food blends that you have tried I would love to hear them!

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Starting your baby on purees is an exciting journey. I couldn’t wait to see Ava’s facial expressions to certain foods. Our doctor mentioned that babies will still get their nutrition from their milk or formula and that the purees are just to help teach them how to eat from a spoon. It wasn’t until we gave Ava her first bite that I realized that they REALLY DO have to learn how to eat from a spoon. I don’t know why but that was the craziest thing to me. Here are some other things that our doctor mentioned to us that helped this new journey go smoothly.

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HOW WE MAKE HOMEMADE BABY FOOD

  1. I cook the vegetables until they’re really soft. This might include steaming, baking, or boiling. I LOVE to buy the microwaveable steamers and use those because their just easier.
  2. Then I blend the vegetables or fruit in our Ninja blender really good until pureed.
  3. Pour pureed vegetable or fruit into ice cube containers. Freeze until frozen. Once frozen store in ziplock bags in the freezer. Don’t forget to label them! Especially when you start blending foods.

You can find some more homemade baby recipes here.

UPDATE 10/21/18: We plan to use the same method we used with Ava with Zoey and probably more of baby led eating.  Now, we have an Instant Pot, which is amazing! I have a feeling I will be cooking a lot of fresh vegetables in bulk using our Instant Pot.

Side Note: I have the Aldi version of an instant pot/pressure cooker and it works so good! Plus it was only $40.00! So keep an eye out at your local Aldi. I think they will have them this holiday season.  

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