Lucas was 6 months when the doctor gave me the green light to start him on solids-I was super excited!
I THOUGHT that it was going to give me a break from breastfeeding, but yeah right! He’s still a “Boobie Monster” as I call him. Haha! But introducing him to solids has nonetheless been a fun journey thus far.
The reason I decided to make my own baby food was not only to save money but also because I find peace in knowing exactly what my child is consuming.
I feel that pre-made baby foods are very sketchy- how can an organic baby food puree be so “fresh” as they advertise it, if it has a shelf life for over a year? 99% of the time they have additives to preserve the foods in the jars, and that’s not fresh nor is it healthy to be consumed on a daily basis.
At first, meal prepping for Lucas was a bit overwhelming because there are just so many solid food options, and if you’re like me, you want to give your little one the best, and make sure he/she is getting all of the nutrients he/she needs.
Another thing that can get overwhelming is being aware of which fruits and veggies absorb more pesticides and when you should definitely buy organic. My husband says I can get a bit crazy about this, but I just feel like I’ve seen and heard too much! I worked at an urgent care for a few years and there were specific cases that I recall of adults who got allergic reactions from the pesticides on the fruits they ate. If that happens to adults all the time, how much worse can it be for our little ones whose little bodies are all so vulnerable?
Now, although I’ve gotten the hang of meal prepping and I know what he likes and dislikes, I find it challenging and super exhausting to meal prep so much food for such a tiny human being! He just LOVES food (Like his mama I must say) and I feel like meal prepping is never ending.
I usually try to meal prep for at least a week, sometimes more.
One of the best inventions out there is the Baby Bullet!
My Baby Bullet was a baby shower gift and it came with the little storage containers as well as the freezer trays.
It only came with one freezer tray so I actually bought more. These Baby Food Freezer Trays by Moje Mama are great because they are 2.6 ounces per each serving which worked out for me since that’s exactly how much Lucas eats in one serving. Plus, they come with 2 spoons and they are so easy to pop out when they are all frozen.
I also bought more Baby Food Jars by Sage Spoonfuls. These are my favorite because they are glass; they can be warmed up, put in the freezer, and they are super easy to wash!
So the first thing I do, before anything, is write down a grocery list of the fruits, veggies and grains I need to ensure that I’m giving the baby a well balanced diet.
Examples of what I buy include
- Bananas (His FAVORITE fruit)
- Carrots (His FAVORITE veggie)
- Sweet Potato
- Russet Potatoes
- Green beans
- Red Beans
- Black Beans
- Brown Rice
- Flax Seed
Once I buy everything, I peel and cut up the veggies and start to steam and boil them.
I also make oatmeal which I give with a fruit or cinnamon for breakfast and I boil one type of grain such as quinoa or brown rice which I would give for dinner mixed in with a veggie.
As all that cooks, I work on skinning and cutting the fruits into chunks.
After everything is cooked, peeled and cut, I blend to a puree texture.
The fun part of all of this is mixing different things together. Have you ever tried peach and banana? It’s amazing!
I always leave a few single ingredient meals like carrots or sweet potato and the rest I mix up in different combos so that he gets to try a variety of flavors.
Then, I sort out the menu for the week and the rest of the food I freeze in the Baby Food Freezer Trays by Moje Mama and the glass Baby Food Jars by Sage Spoonfuls. If I have a lot extra I use my regular Pyrex Food Storage Set.
A menu example for one day would be:
Oatmeal & banana puree
1 serving of a fruit: Mango
1 serving of a veggie: Carrot
Quinoa & zucchini puree
1 serving of fruit: Applesauce
Meal prepping for a baby can be very time consuming and tiring! I usually do it on Sunday or Monday nights. But the benefits of homemade baby foods are great, AND you save a lot more money.