Why I Make My Own Baby Food
I like to try new things, ESPECIALLY when it has health benefits to it. While scrolling down my Facebook timeline one day, I ran across a meme that compared a jar of baby food to fast food saying it was full of preservatives and "not good" for babies. It made me think to myself, ‘hmm interesting’ I never thought of it that way. Shortly after discovering that meme I was convinced and decided to make my own baby food. Along with that, I saw a huge price difference in making it myself vs. buying it.
With my first son, I fed him jarred baby food his entire infancy and he turned out perfectly fine! However, I felt super horrible once I realized that it wasn't as fresh as the food I was eating. Along with the fact that I had personally stopped eating canned/jarred fruits and vegetables myself. It made me think, why would I give it to my baby if I wouldn't eat it myself? He turned out fine as I said, but I still had that guilt.
Fast forward to baby #2, I am the baby food making QUEEN, and I love it! I received a baby bullet as a gift at my baby shower, and I couldn't wait for my little one to turn six months to whip it out. I started with the recommended "first foods" such as apples, bananas, sweet potatoes, green beans, carrots, and pears. I loved that I was providing my baby with freshly made food along with saving money. I would buy six organic bananas for $1.50 and be able to make five 4 ounce jars with them. If I were to go to the store and buy organic baby food, I would spend around $1.25 on each 4-ounce jar. You see the savings?
Making food is super easy as well! All you have to do is steam the food until it is soft and blend with water until your desired consistency. After that you add the food in to your jars or freezer modes and you are done! All you have to do is unthaw or warm when it's time to eat.
Now I would be a complete liar if I told you, my son, ONLY eats homemade baby food because he doesn't. I treat jar baby food like I treat fast food for my four-year-old and six-year-old, I only give it to them on occasions. An occasion such as being out later than I expected and the kids need to eat. I need to feed them fast and quick, and I don't have time to unthaw, cook or heat up something for them.
I make sure to keep a pouch or jar of baby food in his diaper bag for emergency uses. You NEVER know when you may need to feed them. For example, I caught a flat tire around my sons' dinner time and had to wait for a little over an hour for the roadside assistance to show up. LUCKILY I had food in his bag. Nothing would have been worse than a hungry baby and a flat tire.
This blog isn't to shame mothers into making homemade baby food as a mother do what's best for you and your baby. I make my own because of the experience, savings, and my change in eating habits.
For those of you interested in making your own baby food I HIGHLY suggest purchasing (or adding to your registry) a Baby Bullet and an Infantino Fresh Squeezed Station. Those two gadgets make making baby food 10x easier and fun!