I am getting ready to start feeding my baby solids next month. With my daughter, I thought making my own food would be way too much work. Now, I have the time and would love to make my own food for my son. The problem is I have no idea where to start. What do I need to have to make it and store it? Are there any great recipe books out there? Any tips would be greatly appreciated. – Anna
Hi Anna, I’m at the very same stage with my own son, so you asked his question at the perfect time! I’ve made food for all of my children and it really is as simple as you want it to be.
Generally, at times like these, I turn to books. And a few that look really great right now include The Best Homemade Baby Food on the
Planet which I recently raved about here; Sprout Right, which is written by an amazing nutritionist to help get super-healthy foods into babies, and Baby-Led Weaning. The last one explains a different way to introduce solid foods that skips the purée phase altogether and essentially outlines feeding them what you’re eating yourself. An interesting approach — and certainly easy.
Or maybe you don’t have time to read a book – you do have two little ones, after all! We love the great step-by-step DVD called Chef and Father, which offers fun and delicious recipes your little one will devour.
And there’s a great website I just got lost on: Weelicious has all kinds of healthy recipe ideas in the 6-9 month category that sound scrumptious, including one for homemade brown rice cereal (above).
As for some small appliances that might come in handy, the Beaba Babycook and the Baby Brezza (at top) are pretty darn awesome if you feel like investing in a gadget that will pretty much make the food for you. But if you don’t want to go the electric route, there’s always a good old fashioned food mill like the Baby Steps Food Mill or a nifty invention like The Wean Machine
Finally, if you’re looking for something to store the food in, lots of moms just use cheap and cheerful ice cube trays to freeze
everything in handy single-portion sizes. But But I’d recommend a BPA-free version like the So Easy Storage Trays from Fresh Baby.
Hope you have fun on your baby food journey. And don’t forget to snap lots of pictures. Because, as I’m sure you already know, those
sweet potatoes you make are going look pretty darn cute all over your own little sweet potato.