If you're a parent or expecting a child, you probably want to give your baby the best of everything, and why shouldn't you? That little bundle of joy deserves the best leg up it can get, and what better way to ensure that than feeding him or her the most nutritious, fresh food out there? By making your own baby food you can cut down on cost and feel safe knowing exactly what you're feeding your newborn every day.

Of course, it's important to remember that there are a lot of restrictions to what babies are allowed to eat, so if your doctor has any specific recommendations, remember to listen to him or her first! Without further ado, here are a few general tips and recipes to making your own awesome, healthy baby food!

Basic Strategy

Baby food is not rocket science. The basic strategy for making any kind of baby food is simple: you take whatever fruit or veggie that you wish to use, be it tasty, ripe pears or carrots, place them in a saucepan with water and simmer it on low heat until it breaks down into a soft, highly mashable form.

After your food is finished simmering, drain it and move it into a food processor and blend it until it's totally smooth. Divide it into air tight containers in 1/4th cup portions.

Tips and Tricks

  • The cooking time will vary depending on what kind of food you're using. For vegetables, particularly firm ones, it's good to bring the water to a boil first before letting it simmer.
  • Depending on how old your newborn is, you may want to use different ingredients.

  • At 6 months, it's best to use soft foods like sweet potatoes and pears.
  • Babies between 7-10 months can eat slightly firmer vegetables like broccoli or carrots.
  • At 10 months, babies can start to eat more solid foods, so introducing proteins into the mix like chicken is a good option.

  • Fresh baby food usually lasts for 3-5 days refrigerated and up to 6 weeks frozen. Many people like to freeze the baby food in ice cube trays and move it into plastic bags to thaw and use when needed.

  Here are a few Yummly baby food recipes to try!

Squash Apple Puree Baby FoodSquash Apple Puree (Baby Food)

Lentil and Vegetable Baby Food**

Beef Chuck Roast Stew Baby Food (for Babies 10 months+)

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