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Homemade Baby Food – Blenders are a Mom or Dad’s Best Friend

February 20th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Adam Steinhoff and new son Graham Louis

Meredith, Nicolas and Robbie

Babies are popping out all over. Cousin Meredith Sundbye and her hubby Rob brought Nicholas into our family at the tail end of 2010. Friends Adam and Carly Steinhoff are the very new parents of Graham, born at the late end of Valentine’s Day. Several friends report new nieces and nephews or grandkids.

A back-to-the-earth movement has many new parents looking into making homemade baby food rather than going the commercial route. The benefits are remarkable — not even counting substantial cash savings.

Read on…

Experience with this

I know what of I speak: My son never was fed commercial baby food – I made every bite he ate, even getting his grandmother into the act, cooking for him when I couldn’t.

Fresh vegetables and fruits were so simple to make, first steamed then pureed in a blender, it made me wonder why other mothers didn’t take just an hour a week to cook enough for quintuplets.

The right blender

What spurred all this was an email about an interesting appliance Sur la Table is offering. It’s an all-in-one gadget, the Baby Gourmet Baby Food Maker, that intrigues me – makes me wish I had a baby just to make baby food for. It steams the food, processes it and does everything but serve it up. This model also sterilizes pacifiers, bottle nipples and probably, teething toys – a good multitasker for a parent.

Of course, there’s still the blender – but use one with a glass container. I like and still have the Oster 8-Speed Blender; a half-pint size commercial canning jar (Ball or Mason) fits their blender blade-cap mechanism – you can blend in small amounts and so store in glass, too. Glass Mason jars will go nicely into the freezer as well, and can go into a pot of water for quick-thawing. This helps minimize exposure to BPA-containing plastics.

Foods fit for babes

Not all foods should be cooked and pureed for a tot – certainly not from the beginning stages of solid food (typically 6 months or older).

You may think avocado, banana and sweet potatoes are odd choices, but they all contain nutrients that are key to a baby’s growth. Texture and taste also please infants – who knew?

More common are peeled apples, pears and other stone fruits but take care with mangos, passion fruit and some others that may cause allergies. Fruits can cause diarrhea as well and should be measured. Certain grains can be problematic – including wheat. Watch fresh or canned fish for toddlers – mercury is a concern in infants and children.

Never introduce more than one new food at a time – allergies will show up immediately and you can rule them out quickly. Also make sure your baby is ready for solids – don’t rush them and don’t overfeed them, either.

Good resources for baby food makers

At the website wholesomebabyfood.com, there’s an excellent chart showing when and what to introduce to babies. Also there, find recipes and more information about homemade baby foods.

Check out these books, Super Baby Food, Cooking for Baby: Wholesome, Homemade, Delicious Foods for 6 to 18 Months, and The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet.

Tags: Kids' Cooking

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jan Norris // Feb 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I’m not sure Carly or Adam would like it if you ran Graham’s food source through a blender.

    He’s being breastfed.

  • 2 Ruth Yaron // Feb 28, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    What a beautiful family! Thank you for the Super Baby Food mention. I sincerely hope it is helping with your baby feeding plan!

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