Homemade Baby Food 101

No need to buy a $200 baby food maker! Great for beginners/newbies! Just use your blender and crockpot! Includes super easy and yummy homemade baby food recipes. Store, make and feed.

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Making your own baby food is fun, easy, and I love the fact that you know EVERYTHING that is going into your babies little tummy. And lets face it…seeing your little one eat your food happily and not spit it in your face just makes you put a big grin on your face.

SO first up, should I buy something to make my baby food in? Beaba food cooker, Baby Bullet…no no no no no NO. A HUGE waste of money to buy a baby food maker. I know what your thinking because I did too. I don’t want to have to watch the food on the stove, and it’s just easy to get something that specifically designed for baby food. Mom’s and Dad’s have been making baby food for years without these $200 food makers.

The truth is after looking at numerous reviews on different top name baby food makers and trying one my self I notice that I could have easily made baby food myself AND make it less of a hassle. All the little parts has to get cleaned, you can’t put them in the dishwasher (even though they lie and say you can) and overtime they get stained really bad and need a major upkeep.  Save your money and do not buy baby food makers. Look at the reviews on them…most of them don’t last very long.


How do I cook my babies food?


Everything you need is most likely already in your home.A crock pot and a blender.

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Food Storage 


Now that you have some ideas of what to make your baby food in and what to store them in..lets move on to some recipes!

UPDATE: Started using the Kiinde Foodii System and I have fallen in LOVE. My husband even loves it more than me! Hardy any mess at all after feeding Abbey, hardly any clean up, and super easy for on the go. A little tip – Reuse the plastic pouches. Just rinse them out, run it through the dishwasher if you want and place them in the freezer. All the water will never fully dry if placed on drying rack so just wash it out and put it in your freezer until you make another batch.



Recipes


First off I would suggest you start off with one of each veggie or fruit before moving on to a mixing two or more fruits and veggies. Please do not start your baby off with mixed veggies and fruits. If you do they could be allergic to something and then you will not know which veggie or fruit your baby is allergic to. So make a batch of sweet potatoes, another batch of green beans, peas, bananas…and so forth. Making only one batch of one fruit or veggie ensures that you know whats in it if your baby soon after eating shows signs of being allergic to that fruit or veggie. So after testing each fruit and veggie individually to make sure your child is not allergic, you can then start mixing them into some yummy combinations that your baby will LOVE!

My favorite batches happen to have avocado in them one way or another. I just love the texture and the taste (yes I try it out sometimes before giving it to our baby ) . Feel free to play around with the ingredients and add or take away an item to accommodate your baby. I also stop by the baby food aisle sometimes to get some inspirations on what to mix together.

  • Each recipe usually fills my blender capacity which is a little over 5 cups.
  • I also add a little whole grain oatmeal to each recipe as well, about 1-2 cups for a more healthy filling.
  • You can decide not to add it in the whole batch and just add it in separately when you are getting ready to feed your little one.
  • With using the Kiinde pouches I just love having the food on the go, without worrying about bringing a separate bowl of oatmeal, separate bowl of food and spoon. No mess at all when we’re done feeding with the  pouches Everything is in one pouch and all I have to do is attach the spoon! Love it!

For some awesome recipe ideas check out these:

  1. Homemade baby food cook books like this one has 90 easy recipes.
  2. Buzzfeed has some yummy ideas!
  3. Or check out a few of my favorites  below…

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*New* Pineapple Carrots & Pear 

  • 1/2 Pound Of Carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 Pears peeled and chopped (Can use 1 can of no added sugar Pears)
  • 2 Cups Of Pineapple peeled and chopped (Can use 1 can of no added sugar Pineapple)
  • If using cans keep the juice or add water/apple juice for desired consistency
  • Optional – I love to sneak a jar of Gerber baby meat (I prefer turkey) just to know that she’s getting her veggies, meat and fruits all in one meal!
  • Optional – Whole Grain Oatmeal for a thicker meal and a for sure healthy “filler upper”. About 1/2 – 1 Cup OR you can decide not to add it in the whole batch and just add it in separately when you are getting ready to feed your little one.

If you are looking for a tad quicker meal, steam the carrots in the microwave with a tad bit of water and use cans of fruit. Once carrots are done put them straight into the blender along with the cans of fruit and the include the juice from the cans.

Turn your crock pot on low and add the ingredients above. Cover and let it sit until everything is very soft. If you can easily slide your fork through the fruit or veggie, its done, if you’re having a little bit of trouble sliding your fork into the veggies and/or fruit then let it cook for a bit longer. You want every thing to be very “mushable”.

Once everything is done, put all of it(including that healthy liquid) in your blender and push your button (mine reads) Puree. If you want it more runny add water for desired consistency. Then pour that yummy goodness in the storage container of your choice.

Don’t forget you can always double the recipe for large batches!

No need to buy a $200 baby food maker! Great for beginners/newbies! Just use your blender and crockpot! Includes super easy and yummy homemade baby food recipes. Store it, make it and feed.

Squash, Blueberries & Strawberries 

  • 1 cup of frozen or fresh Strawberries
  • 1 cup of frozen or fresh Blueberries
  • Chop up 2-3 medium-large squash
  • Pinch of Cinnamon
  • Add water/apple juice for desired consistency
  • Optional – Whole Grain Oatmeal for a thicker meal and a for sure healthy “filler upper”. About 1/2 – 1 Cup OR you can decide not to add it in the whole batch and just add it in separately when you are getting ready to feed your little one.

Turn your crock pot on low and add the ingredients above. Cover and let it sit until everything is very soft. If you can easily slide your fork through the fruit or veggie, its done, if you’re having a little bit of trouble sliding your fork into the veggies and/or fruit then let it cook for a bit longer. You want every thing to be very “mushable”.

Once everything is done, put all of it(including that healthy liquid) in your blender and push your button (mine reads) Puree. If you want it more runny add water for desired consistency. Then pour that yummy goodness in the storage container of your choice.

Don’t forget you can always double the recipe for large batches!


No need to buy a $200 baby food maker! Great for beginners/newbies! Just use your blender and crockpot! Includes super easy and yummy homemade baby food recipes. Store it, make it and feed.

Avocado, Apple & Pear

  • 2 Pears – Peeled and Chopped
  • 2 Avocados – Peeled
  • 1-2 Apples – Peeled and Chopped OR Substitute with a 1/2 – 1 cup of All Natural Motts Apple Sauce
  • Pinch of Cinnamon
  • Add water/apple juice for desired consistency
  • Optional – Whole Grain Oatmeal for a thicker meal and a for sure healthy “filler upper”. About 1/2 – 1 Cup OR you can decide not to add it in the whole batch and just add it in separately when you are getting ready to feed your little one.

Turn your crock pot on low and add the ingredients above. Cover and let it sit until everything is very soft. If you can easily slide your fork through the fruit or veggie, its done, if you’re having a little bit of trouble sliding your fork into the veggies and/or fruit then let it cook for a bit longer. You want every thing to be very “mushable”.

Once everything is done, put all of it(including that healthy liquid) in your blender and push your button (mine reads) Puree. If you want it more runny add water for desired consistency. Then pour that yummy goodness in the storage container of your choice.

Don’t forget you can always double the recipe for large batches!

No need to buy a $200 baby food maker! Great for beginners/newbies! Just use your blender and crockpot! Includes super easy and yummy homemade baby food recipes. Store it, make it and feed.

Spinach, Apple & Sweet Potatoes 

  • 2 Cups of Spinach
  • 1 Large Sweet Potato – Peeled and Chopped
  • 1-2 Apples – Peeled and Chopped OR Substitute with a 1/2-1 cup of All Natural Motts Apple Sauce
  • Pinch of Cinnamon
  • Add water or apple juice for desired consistency
  • Optional – Whole Grain Oatmeal for a thicker meal and a for sure healthy “filler upper”. About 1/2 – 1 Cup OR you can decide not to add it in the whole batch and just add it in separately when you are getting ready to feed your little one.

Turn your crock pot on low and add the ingredients above. Cover and let it sit until everything is very soft. If you can easily slide your fork through the fruit or veggie, its done, if you’re having a little bit of trouble sliding your fork into the veggies and/or fruit then let it cook for a bit longer. You want every thing to be very “mushable”.

Once everything is done, put all of it(including that healthy liquid) in your blender and push your button (mine reads) Puree. If you want it more runny add water for desired consistency. Then pour that yummy goodness in the storage container of your choice.

Don’t forget you can always double the recipe for large batches!


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Bananas, Blueberries & Green Beans

  • 2 Bananas – Peeled and Chopped
  • 2 Cups of Green Beans
  • 1 Cup of Blueberries
  • Add water or apple juice for desired consistency
  • Optional – Whole Grain Oatmeal for a thicker meal and a for sure healthy “filler upper”. About 1/2 – 1 Cup OR you can decide not to add it in the whole batch and just add it in separately when you are getting ready to feed your little one.

Turn your crock pot on low and add the ingredients above. Cover and let it sit until everything is very soft. If you can easily slide your fork through the fruit or veggie, its done, if you’re having a little bit of trouble sliding your fork into the veggies and/or fruit then let it cook for a bit longer. You want every thing to be very “mushable”.

Once everything is done, put all of it(including that healthy liquid) in your blender and push your button (mine reads) Puree. If you want it more runny add water for desired consistency. Then pour that yummy goodness in the storage container of your choice.

Don’t forget you can always double the recipe for large batches!

No need to buy a $200 baby food maker! Great for beginners/newbies! Just use your blender and crockpot! Includes super easy and yummy homemade baby food recipes. Store it, make it and feed.

Apple, Mango & Avocado

  • 2 Mangos – Peeled and Chopped
  • 2 Avocados – Peeled
  • 1-2 Apples – Peeled and Chopped OR Substitute with a 1/2 – 1 cup of All Natural Motts Apple Sauce
  • Add water or apple juice for desired consistency
  • Optional – Whole Grain Oatmeal for a thicker meal and a for sure healthy “filler upper”. About 1/2 – 1 Cup OR you can decide not to add it in the whole batch and just add it in separately when you are getting ready to feed your little one.

Turn your crock pot on low and add the ingredients above. Cover and let it sit until everything is very soft. If you can easily slide your fork through the fruit or veggie, its done, if you’re having a little bit of trouble sliding your fork into the veggies and/or fruit then let it cook for a bit longer. You want every thing to be very “mushable”.

Once everything is done, put all of it(including that healthy liquid) in your blender and push your button (mine reads) Puree. If you want it more runny add water for desired consistency. Then pour that yummy goodness in the storage container of your choice.

Don’t forget you can always double the recipe for large batches!

No need to buy a $200 baby food maker! Great for beginners/newbies! Just use your blender and crockpot! Includes super easy and yummy homemade baby food recipes. Store it, make it and feed.

Beets, Blueberries & Pears

  • 1-1/2 Cup of Blueberries
  • 1/2 of a Beet – Peeled and Chopped
  • 2 Pears – Peeled and Chopped
  • Pinch of Cinnamon
  • Add water or apple juice for desired consistency
  • Optional – Whole Grain Oatmeal for a thicker meal and a for sure healthy “filler upper”. About 1/2 – 1 Cup OR you can decide not to add it in the whole batch and just add it in separately when you are getting ready to feed your little one.

Turn your crock pot on low and add the ingredients above. Cover and let it sit until everything is very soft. If you can easily slide your fork through the fruit or veggie, its done, if you’re having a little bit of trouble sliding your fork into the veggies and/or fruit then let it cook for a bit longer. You want every thing to be very “mushable”.

Once everything is done, put all of it(including that healthy liquid) in your blender and push your button (mine reads) Puree. If you want it more runny add water for desired consistency. Then pour that yummy goodness in the storage container of your choice.

Don’t forget you can always double the recipe for large batches!

 


Feeding Essentials 


Spoons

bunch of bowls

Using regular oatmeal saves you a TON of money. Stop buying that overpriced baby oatmeal and get with regular whole grain oatmeal. Simply grind it in your blender and BOOM….instant baby oatmeal!  I recommend you use this over rice cereal because rice cereal will constipate your baby.  Also, if your little one is having trouble pooping and he/she is screaming crying when trying to push it out, mix in a little prunes along with whatever baby food you’re wanting to feed him/her. I just get the Gerber Prunes already made.

My all time favorite to-go-to bowls and spoons are these Munchkin spoons and colorful Gerber bowls & lids.

Honestly, I just mix a lot of healthy things, veggies, meats, and add something sweet and every time she LOVES it. So go wild with mixing whatever you have at home.

I always make a big batch to put them mostly in the freezer and then leave about 4 jars in the fridge, and every time I take a jar out the fridge I get one from the freezer and put it in the refrigerator (this is only if you’re using the Ball Glass Jars because I believe they can break if you take them from the freezer to the microwave).

No need to buy a $200 baby food maker! Just use your blender and crockpot! Includes easy homemade baby food recipes. Store, make and feed.

About Keami Terrill

Hi! Being a Mom of three girls (2 in Heaven), past nanny and teacher for infants, I've decided to share my tips on how to get by day by day with your little ones.

36 thoughts on “Homemade Baby Food 101

  1. Thank you for these great recipes!
    If I use frozen blueberries, would I still need to add water to the crockpot?

    1. I use frozen fruit as well and lots of healthy liquid comes out of it. But I like to be on the safe side of not burning anything so I make sure the bottom of my crock pot is covered with some sort of liquid. You could add a bit of water/juice to the bottom or put your ‘liquid’ type fruits on the bottom so it will eventually create a pool of liquid. Great question, hope that helps!

  2. Hi there! My son just turned 5 months, and we’re preparing to start introducing solids to him. I came across your post on Pinterest. I have been in love with the OXO Tot line of products and was excited to see that you recommended their storage containers for baby food. However, I am a little concerned about them being plastic and probably needing to heat them in the microwave. What is your take on this as I know microwaving plastics is a no-no?

    1. With my experience with them from nannying, they work pretty well. If microwaving, make sure to take off the lid. I microwave my little ones food in plastic bowls (that are BPA free) all the time and haven’t had any staining problems or warped plastic. If you still feel unsafe about the plastic, some parents like to take it out of the container and place it in a glass container. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions 🙂

    1. Average cooking time would be 10-30 minutes. Just enough so that you can pierce the tough veggie and/or fruit with a fork extremely easily. Depending on how tough or soft your fruits are, will determine the cooking time. Sometimes I cook ‘tough as a brick’ pears and sometimes I wait until the pears are extremely soft to cook them. So again just make sure your checking for extreme softness of the fruit with a fork and it should be easily ‘mashable’ with the fork alone.

  3. I absolutely love that you gave your outlook on the OXO brand. My daughter is 6 months old and has a very difficult digestive system. We’ve had nothing but problems with all baby food that you buy from the local stores. Wasn’t till I was shopping at the farmer market that an older woman suggested making their own.

    First thing I find when searching for it was your site. Wonderful way of explaining and fun so that my oldest daughter can follow along. Thank you kindly!!

    1. I am so glad that I could help! Thank you so much for your support, it truly means a lot! Homemade baby food is truly the way to go because, as all parents, we always worry about what’s going in our little ones tummy. And making our own baby food allows us to know exactly what they’re eating at all times…its a wonderful feeling!

    1. When I did it with my 5 oz Kiinde pouches I could get about 3-4. And The Ball Brand is 4 oz so I got a lot more with those, don’t remember how much but my guess would be 6 and up. Each recipe usually fills my blender capacity which is a little over 5 cups. And I also add a little whole wheat oatmeal to each recipe as well…. about 1/2-1cup for more healthy filling. Hope that helps!

  4. Thank you for posting this!! Probably a silly question… But do you make the oatmeal first and then add it? Or do you put just the oats into the mixture?

    1. Not silly at all! I buy the Walmart brand of whole grain oats or Red Mills Rolled Oats. It helps if you put the oats in first before the food (with my blender anyways). Great question!

    1. I would warm in the microwave for no more then 20-30 seconds depending on how many oz is in a jar or pouch. If I’m feeding our daughter out of the plastic Kiinde pouches, I like to put those in the Kiinde Bottle Warmer and turn the timer on for a few minutes. Hope that helps!

    1. When our daughter was around 3 months and a little after that, we would freeze extra batches because she would get full quick, she was just starting out so she wasn’t that hungry. I’ve managed to use all of are freezer food before the end of a week, sometimes two weeks. She was eating practically 3 pouches of 5 oz baby food in 1 day as she got older. So depending on how much your baby eats is what you want to go by. If I seen she was eating a lot I wouldn’t freeze anything, or I would freeze a lot and then leave about 3 pouches to go in the refrigerator. I wouldn’t have the baby food in the freezer for no longer then 3 months.

      Hope this helps!

  5. With the vegetables, do you remove the skin from the squash? With the green been do you get the ones from the produce area and wash them and place them in the cockpot?

    1. Hi great questions! I do not remove the skin from the squash, the ones I use has edible skin. Not all squash skins are edible so you will have to peel those before placing them in your crockpot. I like to use the frozen green beans in the freezer section, I just open the bag and place them right in the crockpot.

  6. Hi,
    What if I don’t have a crockpot? Can I steam or bake? If I can then do I still put avacados and spinach in the oven?

    1. If you don’t have a crockpot you can steam them on your stovetop. I never tried putting avocados and spinach in the oven so I don’t know how that will turn out.

  7. When you use frozen vegetables or fruit can you refreeze your extra food or do you have to use it right away?

  8. How do one store the baby food if you made a big batch?
    Can one freeze it and for how long?

    Do you have a weekly “menu plan” for babies?

    1. If I make a big batch I like to use the 8 oz Kiindee foodii pouches and store those in the freezer. They can last a while, my daughter eats a lot so we nothing is in the freezer for longer then about 3 months but i’m sure you can go longer.

      I do not have a weekly plan for babies but I do recommend all three….meat,veggies, and fruits for your child each day. You can always take a recipe that I have listed and add in a jar of meats and/or oatmeal for more filling.

    1. No I do not, the fruits/veggies I put in eventually make a pool of juice at the bottom and water would just water it down. You could put just a little…about 1/4 a cup or less.

  9. Thanks for the fun combinations! It is my understanding that rolled oats need to be cooked before being consumed. That is why baby oatmeal is easier, because it’s pre-cooked. Do you cook your oatmeal separately or in the crockpot?
    Thanks!

    1. Hi!

      I do not precook my oatmeal, is does not have to be precook, and completely fine to eat raw. Even having them added into your babies food, the liquid soaks the rolled oats and they are softened.The oats will expand in any liquid and not taste “flat” but more puffed up like it usually would taste when you cook them.

      Go here to take a look at how eating rolled oats as is, is okay. Here’s a little excerpt below:

      When it comes to rolled oats, they are usually all okay to eat “raw.” I use raw in quotations because they have already been steamed, so although minimally-processed, they aren’t technically raw. The light steaming process, as well as the flattening of the surface, is a form of pre-digestion that makes the grains easy enough for our stomachs to handle. Thinner rolled oats are easier to chew on and might have a milder flavor than the “thick-cut” rolled oats, but they are comparable in digestibility.

      Another link here as well.

      Thank you!

  10. Hi! Love your post can’t wait to try them for my little guy.
    I know you said you use and love the Kiinde system. Is there a reason you chose this system over a reusable pouch system? I’m currently in the market for such things and I was debating on what way to go.

    1. Hi! I love Kiinde’s reusable pouches because in the long run it is so cheap and convenient. Cheap because you can reuse these pouches by rinsing them out and placing them in the freezer until you need to use them again. Also I love that I use these pouches while breastfeeding, for the first time feeding our little one and toddler stages. My 4 year old can even use them if I wanted to put apple sauce in them for on the go. The fact that I can use the pouches for breastfeeding storage and feed my children for the beginning of eating until 6 and possibly on, it has so many uses! And thats why I really love them and continue to use them.

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