First of all, I just wanted to say thank you for all of your supportive comments on my post on Friday about my current blog identity crisis. That is one thing that I truly love about this community – everyone is so supportive of each other. It always reminds me just why I love to blog. It’s not just about sharing my story, it’s about interacting with amazing people, most of whom I’ve never actually met. So thank you again, and I hope that you all will continue to bear with me as I work to figure out my new blog identity and make some potential changes around here.
One of those changes may be going down to just 3 posts a week. I have been having a really hard time blogging consistently with my crazy schedule this semester, so I think for the rest of this month I’m going to try a M-W-F schedule and see how that works for me.
Secondly, this weekend has been an absolute emotional roller coaster. In the span of 3 days we: saw a house we loved, visited said house, put in an offer on this house, got stuck in a bidding war, and ended up losing a house. Talk about emotional highs and lows! I am definitely a little bummed we didn’t get this house because it really seemed perfect for us, but I am just trying to remind myself that clearly this all happened for a reason and that there is a better house out there for us.
Phew! It’s been a crazy few days!
But today I wanted to start off this Monday talking about something that has been a big part of my life lately and that I have spent a TON of time researching: Baby Food Making (not to be confused with “baby making” as my MIL accidently called it. Not quite the same thing)
Because I feel like there are a lot of misconceptions about homemade baby food, I thought I would take a few minutes to talk about why I decided to make my own baby food, and some of the resources that I have used in learning and planning.
Why I make my own baby food
One thing I really liked about the idea of making my own baby food is that I can control what goes into it. While there are some good store-bought baby foods out there (and don’t get me wrong – we definitely use them from time to time), I love that when I make my own food I know exactly what is going into it and there aren’t any extra or unnecessary ingredients.
Plus, I can have a lot of fun mixing flavors and adding in spices!
Guys, babies are expensive. And baby food is no exception.
A lot of the good quality store bought baby foods can run you anywhere between $1-$2 a pouch/container. For ONE meal (or at least for Colton they usually are only 1 meal). Times 3 meals a day. Times 7 days. That has the potential to be upwards of $30-$40 a week! Ain’t nobody got the dollars for that!
I love being able to pick up a few different fresh or frozen produce items a week, spending 30 minutes making up a batch of several different foods, and tossing them in the freezer. Typically it costs me anywhere between $8-15 per week. That is a major savings (which we can put towards his daycare costs… ooph!)
Ok, maybe this one is just me, but I actually really enjoy making my own baby food! I love researching and coming up with my own combinations of foods, and seeing all of the fun colors and flavors that I can create. It’s almost like a challenge to me – what foods can I mix together to make a healthy and delicious meal? And how many different combos can I come up with this week!
Where I have found good information on homemade baby food
I am one of those people who researches things to death, so before I really got started in making my own food I spent a lot of time on Pinterest and Google gathering information and getting ideas.
I have a whole Pinterest board devoted just to baby food if you are looking to get some inspiration.
If you are really ready to get started, there are two websites that I have considered my baby food bibles:
This website seriously has everything that you need to know about making almost any kind of basic puree or meal. They have a page devoted to each different kind of food where they tell you all kinds of info about the nutrients found in the food, any potential allergies, whether they would recommend buying it organic, how to cook it, different recipes AND what other foods it pairs well with.
Seriously, it’s like the baby food bible.
We actually received her book, Little Foode <—affiliate link, FYI) and LOVED it! I think we bookmarked about 30 pages of recipes to make. So when I found out that she has a website and blog that she updates frequently with different recipes and ideas, I was super excited. The website is a great extension of her blog, especially for older kids – although the book does have a lot more basic recipes, which is good for us right now. I love her creative flavor combos and mixes!
We also have a couple of other books that I have found especially helpful beyond the Little Foode book. My two other favorites are:
201 Organic Baby Purees by Tamika L. Gardner
In the coming weeks I plan on sharing exactly how I go about planning our meals each week, especially since we’re still in the stage where we are introducing new foods to check for allergies. I’m a bit anal about tracking his food and creating a meal plan each week (mostly because it helps me know what foods to grab in the morning so he isn’t eating a diet consisting primarily of apples and peaches!), but hopefully you all will find it helpful too. I know that I love reading posts about how people plan out their baby’s meals!
I know it might seem a little daunting, but once you get the hang of it, making your own baby food really can be a fun, rewarding process. I know every baby is going to respond differently, but it has been such an adventure for both Colton and I, and I can’t wait for it to continue in the coming months!
So tell me: Have you ever tried or considered trying to make your own baby food? Any tips or tricks from other mamas out there? Any resources you highly recommend?