Since she was about 6-months old, Samantha Smith has been pigging out on homemade organic baby food. While I was totally intimidated to make my own food at first, I’m writing this blog post to encourage other moms and dads to give homemade organic baby food a try. I have some pretty incredible friends who’ve given me the tools and ideas to make this happen, and now it’s really a piece of cake.
Homemade Organic Baby Food Needs
- Recipes — Most of it is common sense, but there were some pretty important tips I wouldn’t have known on my own (such as needing to cook all fruits except bananas and avocados). I highly recommend The Baby and Toddler Cookbook: Fresh, Homemade Foods for a Healthy Start.
- Blender — I use the Baby Bullet Complete Baby Care System. It makes pureeing a breeze.
- Freezer Trays — Freeze your food in 1-ounce cubes to mix/match portions of veggies, fruits, meats, and more. Make sure they’re BPA-free. Here are my favorites: green sprouts Silicone Freezer Tray, Green.
- Serving Bowls — Once you’ve frozen your cubes, you’ll want to thaw only what you want to serve the next day. These bowls work perfectly and easily fit 2 cubes: Libbey 6-1/2-Ounce Small Bowls with Plastic Lids, 8-Piece Set.
- Organic Food — Of course we get our beef and dairy from Beyond Organic, but we score our produce from Spacegirl Organics.
Homemade Organic Baby Food Favorites
- Golden beets (pictured right)
- Avocado (Samantha drank plain Amasai with every bottle from four months, but this was her first true solid)
- Guacamole (avocado mixed with seeded cucumber)
- Sweet potato (regular sweets, baby sweets, and even white sweet potato)
- Pears (green and red)
- Apples (gala, fuji, you-name-it!)
- Squash (carnival, yellow long-neck, zucchini)
- Spinach and kale (after 7 months)
- Mashed potato and corn
- Carrots (rainbow carrots were really beautiful and fun)
- Berries (strawberries and blueberries)
- Ground beef (Yup. Paul and I browned some Beyond Organic GreenFed Beef for a homemade tomato sauce, reserved a little for Samantha, cooled it, and blended it up. She ate it with corn and mashed potatoes and loved it!)
Before I wrap this up, I have to give a shout-out to Pierce Rowans for parting with his Baby Bullet and to Aunt Kate & Uncle Brian for the super awesome recipe book that gave me a great place to start. THANK YOU!!!