Easy Homemade, Toddler Friendly Baby Food
Hello, hello, friends!
Gosh, I can’t believe I’m already talking baby food for Zoey. She was just born, right?! (Unless it’s a day where I feel like I’ve had her forever. Cause those happen.)
Zoey started showing an interest in food really early, like right at 4 months. We held off until about 5 months, but honestly, I’m juuuust now starting to get consistent with feeding her three times a day. I also briefly contemplated baby led weaning with her, but we tried that with Oliver and we had quite a few scares with him choking. It may have scarred me for life and now I’m not even trying with Zoey.
I wanted to try making baby food with Oliver, but our blender was awful and I was working about 55 hours a week and that was just the last thing I wanted to do. BUT. I’m home now with Zoey, we have a phenomenal Nutribullet, and we’re on a pretty tight budget. Homemade baby food is kinda my bestie.
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We tried this first at my mom’s house, and Zoey ate literally half of a potato. So now I bake 2 sweet potatoes in the oven until they’re super soft, then scoop out in the insides and put in my Nutribullet with a little bit of chicken broth for a smoother consistency. Two potatoes made four 4oz jars. We got these freezer friendly jars (which I absolutely love) and I froze three of them. (These jars make it so easy- I just pull one out of the freezer and it thaws so fast! I love using them so I can make a lot at once and not worry about it going bad- I’m not trying to spend three days a week making baby food!)
We tried carrots next, and Zoey loooooves them! I just peel and cut carrots into slices and boil in water until they’re incredibly soft. Cooked carrot slices and some of the water they were boiled in go into the Nutribullet, and done! These are so so easy. I usually do 3 carrots at a time, and that makes 2 of the 4 oz jars. I am, however, going to be doing more at once, because BONUS! Oliver LOVES these. Can’t get that kid to eat a vegetable, but he is always asking for more of Zoey’s carrots. Calling that a mom win because no, I’m not above feeding my 2 year old pureed veggies. No shame in my mom game.
That’s just what I’m calling this concoction. I’m giving a warning that I know this sounds like a lot, but Zoey loves it and hasn’t died yet. I put a handful of blueberries, handful of spinach, 3-4 frozen strawberries, and a banana in my Nutribullet and blend it all up. This does have a soupier consistency, but she really loves it and it freezes well! This makes me 2 of the 4 ounce jars. (Oliver loves this, too, so I usually make him his own and add some yogurt and extra spinach to sneak those veggies in there!)
I made these and could have sworn she would hate them. She doesn’t. I literally just boiled frozen peas in water and Nutribulleted (totally a verb) them. These did need a lot of water added to make into a smooth consistency. I probably did 1.5-2 cups of peas, and this made 3 of the 4 ounce jars.
The only other food we’ve done with her is bananas and avocado, both of which I just mash really well and feed to her as is. She loved the banana and was pretty indifferent to the avocado, but kept going back for the spoon.
So some of these foods that made 2 four ounce jars is more than enough. I’ve been making all four foods in one day, so I keep one jar of each food in the fridge and the rest go in the freezer. She’s not even eating half a jar in a sitting yet, so even two jars of each food lasts me quite a bit, but I’ll up it once she does start eating more.
Just a quick breakdown- frozen peas, a bag of carrots, and sweet potatoes are all super cheap. (Sorry, I don’t have a specific price breakdown here, but you can get all three for less than $5.) All of this makes A LOT of baby food. (I had all the ingredients for the baby smoothie on hand.) For Oliver we were buying the Beechnut Natural baby food, which is about $.60 a jar. That wasn’t awful until he started going through a jar a meal. Making all of this legit takes me less than 30 minutes on Sunday, and we have enough food for her for about two weeks. And it costs less than $5. WIN.NING.
Now that I’m doing it, I really wish I had taken the 30 minutes a week when Oliver was a baby. It’s so easy (thanks to the Nutribullet) and saving me so much money! Which is important, because I think my little girl is going to be quite the foodie…
So let me know, did you make your baby food for your kiddos? If so, let me know what other foods you made! I want to try and add a few more in for her next time I make it!
Have a phenomenal day!