September 26, 2019
Making your own baby food is something many parents dream about before their little one arrives. Some parents enjoy making all their babe’s purees and snacks from scratch while others switch over to premade food pretty quickly. I made the first few foods for all 3 of our kids from scratch and then switched to a mix of convenient pouches and blended or chopped versions of what the rest of the family ate.
I’ve always enjoyed the nurturing feeling of making our babes’ food, but two issues keep me from doing that exclusively. One is convenience – it’s a time-consuming job to prep and chop the veggies and proteins to make them. The other is storage – I inevitably make more of each ‘flavor’ than we really need so a lot goes to waste. To solve both and have a fun mommy-morning, I hosted a baby-food making party recently and it was a hit!
The set-up is super simple. Choose someone’s home who has a food processor and/or blender. Divide up the shopping/prep list. Bring your babes together and get blending! Ideally, have each person bring their own ice cube trays to divide up the food into portions for freezing right there. The easiest method for this I’ve found is to scoop the puree into a baggie, snip off the corner and pipe it into the wells of the tray like frosting.
Here is our menu (free download available upon request!):
Shopping and Prep List (buy organic whenever possible):
- 2 medium zucchinis [steam or sauté in a little oil]
- 2 C mixed kale/spinach [steam greens to wilt, pick out tough stems]
- 1 small avocado [remove pit and peel]
- 2 C total mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries) [wash, hull strawberries and pick through]
- 2 medium sweet potatoes [bake at 350 until very soft]
- 2 large or 3 medium ripe peaches [pitted and peeled]
- 2 small chicken breasts or 3 thighs or a mix [poach until 160 degrees cooked through]
- Baby oatmeal or quick cooking rolled oats
- Ghee and/or coconut oil and/or olive oil and chicken bone broth
As you can see, it’s a lot of shopping and prep to make 4 foods, but if you each do 2 parts, it’s super simple.
Each mixture gets roughly chopped and blended to a good puree texture – think greek yogurt. Add water to the fruits or broth to the savory mixtures if needed a tablespoon at a time.
Divide the purees up into each person’s ice cube trays for freezer storage and high five each other for being home-made baby food makers! This party is so wonderfully modifiable and easy to put together. Have a great group of parent friends already? Call them up and get together. Have coffee or mimosas while you catch up, prep and puree. Need to make some new friends? This is a great ice-breaker to have something to do instead of awkwardly trying to make conversation while you stare at your babies on the floor together.
Make It Your Own
Change up the menu to your liking. A good rule of thumb is to combine a fruit or vegetable with either protein or healthy fat. Use other fruits and veggies that you find at the Farmer’s Market. Try nut butters (yes, nuts! Give early and often to decrease allergy risk) or beans for protein options. Avoid super sugary fruit mixes early on (ie banana, mango, prune, etc) – babies are developing their palates with those first food experiences and it’s great to show them lots of vegetable options.
Do you remember what your first food was? Your baby’s first food? We’d love to hear!