Making your own baby food may sound like a daunting task, but you’ll be amazed at how easy it is. In about half an hour you can make a week’s worth of food without breaking a sweat. And it’s totally worth it. Making your own baby food guarantees that your little one is eating fresh, nutritious food without any sodium or preservatives.

Equipment You’ll Need:

  • A steamer basket – You can get inexpensive baskets at stores like Target
  • A blender or hand held blender
  • An ice cube tray for freezing the baby food you won’t use right away

Start with Mild Tasting Veggies:

  • A baby’s palate isn’t used to bold and varied flavors yet. My son did especially well with parsnips as a first food. Mild veggies include: parsnips, carrots, and squash.
  • Chop and Steam until Soft: For harder foods like carrots or parsnips you’ll steam for about 20 minutes. Test with a fork, it should easily slide in and out of the food.

Blend:

  • Add small amounts of water and blend until the consistency is smooth. My son was very sensitive to lumps and texture, so I had to blend extra well to make sure the food was silky smooth.

Freeze:

  • Take the food you won’t be using that day and place it in small portions in a freezer tray and cover. If you prefer something more official, stores like Babies ‘R Us sell small containers especially for freezing and storing baby food. According to the Dr. Sears website, baby food can be frozen for up to 3 months. When you need to use it, simply remove it from the freezer and let thaw.

And finally…

It Doesn’t All Have to Be Home Made: Keep things in perspective. You don’t have to make all of your baby food. Use a combination homemade food and store bought food to keep yourself sane and give your little one variety.