When I had my first child, plenty of people offered advice. I was convinced that to do things “right” I had to read the magazines and books. Things like, lists describing the layette “must haves” and step-by-step instructions on how to get your baby to sleep through the night. I got especially caught up in the ads.
How could I be a good mother if I didn’t buy expensive premium diapers? I must not love my child if I do not feed them specially formulated baby food. Just follow the numbers to feed your baby perfectly, stage 1 following by stage 2, and then stage 3. Of course you go on to pre-packaged toddler meals.
I have never been a big pre-packaged person, why was I so duped? Was it the lack of sleep? Lack of confidence? Lack of knowledge? I can’t believe how terrified I was of putting anything into my baby’s mouth unless it was in the “manual”. All those little jars were driving me crazy. All the energy and resources that went into purifying and sterilizing and packaging and advertising those tiny little jars! Half the time I threw out the food before it was finished.
Then one day I did it. I took the first step. I peeled a banana; mashed it up and spoon-fed it to my baby. My son survived! I remember calling my mother, very proud of what I had done. Mom, it was so easy! She laughed at me. Soon I was on to avocado, sweet potatoes, mango, and peaches. It was great. I had made homemade baby food.
The story with my second baby was a little different. I bought exactly 4 jars of baby food with my daughter; I gave two of them away. When she was about 5 months old I made batches of banana, avocado, sweet potatoes, mango, carrots, peas, and peaches. I took the mash, spooned it into ice cubes trays and froze it. The frozen cubes were stored in freezer bags. Everyday I took 2-3 cubes out and thawed them in the fridge or in the microwave. I bought a 6 pack of small plastic storage containers and on days she went to day care I put two cubes in a container for lunch.
My youngest daughter has just turned five months and I have already begun to dig out those ice cube trays. I’ve been watching for a sale on avocados too.
Why don’t you take the first step? You can do it.
It took me less than two hours to make just about all the baby food my daughter would need before she was ready for table food. All you need is a fork, however, a mini food processor helps a lot.
I don’t know the specifics, but I know that ALL packaged baby foods contain starch and preservatives. Even organic baby food comes in containers. Consider all those tiny jars and lids. Even if you recycle you still waste the water rinsing.
Save the money and start your baby’s college fund. Don’t give it to the baby food companies!
If you’d like to know more about making baby food I recommend getting a book like, “Super Baby Food” by Ruth Yaron. Books such as this describe food selection, storage, and preparation.
Go on take the first step, get a fork and a banana. It was so satisfying to feed the food that I made to my babies.
I’d be interested to hear about your baby food experiences. What foods have you tried?