A little over a week ago I went on a trip to visit my parents.
While traveling I opted to 1… use disposable diapers 🙂 but also 2… decided I’d buy “jar” baby food, while away.
After all, taking frozen bags of baby food I had made seemed like to much work…
At home I have only been feeding Owen home made baby food. I think before this trip he had maybe 2 jars of store bought baby food… and that was because my husband was caring for him and opted for a more “quick feed” option 🙂 – you know men, haha… they are all about convenience!
I purchased Owen organic baby food while traveling.
Earths Best and a brand called SPROUT.
With it being organic I thought for sure he would handle it fine and have no problems.
while at my parents…
Owen not only slept horribly… part of that I am sure is to blame on him not being in his element… but he slept so bad it began to pop a question in my mind of… “was his tummy upset??”
On top of him not sleeping well (and by ‘not well‘ – I mean he woke up twice at night! – he hasnt done this since he was a newborn), he also had terrible diaper issues… 2-3 poops a day, and for him, this was not the norm. At home he would only go once a day, or every other day.
I also noticed he had a lot of gas during the day… which was not normal for him either.
When we got back home (after a 4 day trip), I immediately put him back on the home made baby food I had prepared for him in our freezer. Within 2 days he was completely back to normal! He started sleeping through the night again, and his bathroom diaper duties became regular.
Now maybe it was a fluke. Maybe he was experiencing something else?
But I find it really interesting how he had all these changes, after that one change in his diet.
This past week I prepared another 2 month supply of baby food for him.
Foods such as Green Beans, Mango/Pear, Mango/Apple, & Carrots.
This was added to our already collection of Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Cauliflower, Peaches and Peaches/blueberry.
I dont want to feed him any more jar food unless I absolutely have to.
I dont think jar food is “bad“… but I think making it ourselves is so much better for our babies… and I think its worth the extra work.
Also, its fresh… and not processed.
You know exactly what is going into your babies food. I buy it and I cook it.
You can choose to buy organic or not. You can choose what blends to make.
You can season it if you’d like… Although I dont think its wise to put much seasoning 🙂 but will admit to adding some brown sugar to an apple batch I made for Owen once, heehee. He didnt complain!
I dont think its cheaper? maybe it is… I havent kept track honestly of what Ive spent on fresh fruit and veggies… but I dont think the cost would be any greater than those little jars that cost .50 – $1.00 each. I got peaches a few months ago for .65 cent a pound… lets just say owen has an abundance of peach babyfood…
So where to start.
Its not hard!
A blog I love that has the most beautiful pictures of baby food on the web 🙂 has a great video and post about why she opted to make her own food as well. Its a must read!
Also a site I use CONSTANTLY to find out how to cook certain foods for a baby, and difference recipes… is the
The tools that I use to make the foods are:
1) Ice cube trays. I got mine from the Dollar TREE $1 for two trays. I have I believe 6 trays, maybe 8? So that cost me a total of $4. I have yet to have a problem using these. Some say silicone works best when making baby food.. because its easier to get the cubes out. A little trick though.. when you are ready to get the food out, just run hot water under the bottom of the ice cube tray for a few seconds, this will loose them just enough to get them out without any trouble at all.
2) A blender. I use a hand held one I got for our wedding 8 years ago. Its just like THIS ONE. It works great. Im sure you could use the MAGIC BULLET 🙂 or any food processor.
3) I have small spatulas I use as well to scoop the food out and spread it over the trays well. I got a set of 3 adorable ones, that are super small, dish washer safe, for $1 at the DOLLAR TREE 🙂 : They work perfectly.
4) Freezer bags
5) A large 13×9 inch glass baking pan (I use this to cook the foods)
6) A large pot to boil stuff in
7) A strainer
8) and a morning to prep things 😉
Oh and of course
It sounds like a lot to take on.. but honestly I can make an entire 2 month supply in less than a day.
I store it all in a spare freezer we have.. which is nice. Freezer bags full of baby food take up a lot of space… so it has been handy to have extra room for this.
When its time to feed Owen (he eats 3 times a day now!), I just go out to the freezer, grab 2-3 cubes, defrost them for about 1 minute, and we are good to go. I find that fruits are super runny after you defrost them, so I will sometimes add organic rice cereal to them, to help thicken it up a bit (he doesnt like runny food).
Also with certain foods you can just smash them fresh.
I feed Owen fresh banana, mango and even rice. He has learned to chew well and can eat some stuff straight.
Hes also tried baked potato fresh and the other day I made home made-chicken noodle soup, he had that with me. It wasnt to salty or seasoned, so I had no worries he’d be able to digest it just fine.
Be sure to ask your Dr’s what foods are safe for your babies. Also you are the mom (or dad).. so use your best judgement when choosing foods as well. With my boys Ive never had to many fears with allergies, so that puts me at ease a lot of times… but I also try to steer clear of certain foods.. such as things with egg or peanut. So far neither of our boys have had any food allergies, but you just never know. So those specific foods I will try to wait giving him when hes over age 1.
I hope this helps some 🙂
Be sure to use those links above.
That WHOLE SOME BABY FOOD site is amazing.
You can find so much great information on it.
Feel free to ask any questions if you want 🙂
ALSO! as far as taking food OUT when I go places…
I use DOLLAR TREE tupperware. They have the most adorable baby food containers in the baby section of the store. Its the perfect size to put one cube (two max) for baby to eat on the go. They come in animal patterns, with a baby spoon as well. A pack of two, and one spoon is $1… you really cant beat that! I have 2 sets, so 6 containers total. This has been plenty for us.
*To those curious: The thing Owen is chewing on in the above photo, is a MUM MUM. I found them at Babies R Us. Owen LOVES THEM. They dissolve super fast, arent to messy 🙂 a great alternative to teething biscuits (that to me, make a royal mess and scare me because they are so hard). I would encourage parents to keep a close watch on baby while they eat a MUM MUM tho, as with any food theres always risk of them biting off to much. Owen naws and drools like crazy when he has one, but im never to far just incase he gets “happy” eating it. You can also break it into tiny lil pieces if you want too. Oh and I tasted it, it taste kinda like a big rice crispy treat, wasnt half bad!
*Final Note: I think baby food is one of those things you have to decide when baby is ready to have. Our Dr. said to start Owen at 4 months! I didnt think this was a good starting time… Owen seemed way to young. So we waited til 5, and tried it then but he still didnt seem to want it. Closer to 6 mo. is when he really began to show interest in food. He’d reach for what we ate… would get fussy any time we ate, even if he had just had a bottle. He wanted to try it! So I knew when he started doing these things It was time to let him have some 🙂 and hes done great ever since. Owen does still get 5 bottles or so a day, 6 if he gets up at 11 to eat.