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1 Month of Homemade Baby Food, 1 Hour, $20 – Round 2

The feedback from my first homemade baby food post was so wonderful, I thought I’d do a round two. I’m so glad you found it to be as helpful a resource as I had hoped. Hope you enjoy this one as well!

one month of healthy homemade baby food with recipes and steps

One Month of Baby Food

I still love making food for Liv as much as I thought I would. It’s so much fun to introduce her to new flavor combos and ingredients, and I have a feeling it will be this way… forever.  

I make one month of baby food at a time, freeze it all, and then defrost it over night as we need it. It’s the perfect main component of her meal, and I’ll always give her a little bit of what we’re having, too. It always surprises me to see what she’ll go crazy over (salmon! a girl after my own heart) and what she doesn’t enjoy as much, like egg yolks. 

Liv is currently 8.5 months and here’s some of our recent stash of homemade baby food. As usual, it took a little under an hour and about $20 to make everything.

healthy homemade baby food

(I like to use these storage containers)

7 Homemade Baby Food Combinations for This Month

Apple-carrot

Sweet potato, apple, cinnamon

Zucchini-banana

Broccoli, apple kale

Spinach, pea, pear

Blueberry quinoa (brown rice, or oats)

Plum banana quinoa (brown rice, or oats)

For all of these, see what your baby prefers as far as fruits and veggie ratios go. For Liv, I find that she enjoys the veggies more if a little fruit is mixed in, especially with greens to cut the bitterness. Usually I’ll try to do mostly veggies and a little fruit. 

Homemade Baby Food Recipes

Blend these homemade baby food combinations well and thin as necessary with water or breastmilk–especially necessary with starchy mixes. 

Apple-carrot: 1-2 peeled, steamed apples and 3 steamed carrots. 

Sweet potato, apple, cinnamon: 2 baked sweet potato flesh, one peeled and steamed apple plus a tiny pinch of cinnamon. (A little goes a long way for tiny tastebuds!). 

Zucchini-banana: 3 steamed zucchini and 2 fresh bananas.

Broccoli, apple, kale: 1/2 package of steamed frozen organic broccoli, one peeled and steamed apple, 1/2 bag of kale, wilted in a little olive or coconut oil on the stove top. 

Spinach, pea, pear: 1/2 package of defrosted frozen spinach (or fresh, wilted in a little olive or coconut oil on the stovetop), 1/2 package of frozen, organic defrosted peas (the other half of last month’s bag) and 2 pears. 

Blueberry quinoa: 1/2 bag frozen blueberries and 1/2 cup cooked quinoa. 

Plum banana quinoa: 1 banana, 2 plums and 1/2 cup cooked quinoa. 

Quinoa

Make Healthy Homemade Baby Food in Under an Hour

Follow these steps for efficient homemade baby food prep!

-Preheat the oven, wash the sweet potatoes and poke with holes. Bake for about 50 minutes at 375.

-Start boiling the water for the quinoa (or brown rice), rinse well and get that cooking.

-Peel all the fruits and veggies as needed and start steaming. You can either microwave in a glass bowl with a little water, or steam on the stovetop. We use this electric steamer contraption, which makes everything easy to steam at once in layers. Apples and pears can also be boiled for 7-9 minutes until tender. (You can do fruits together, like the apples, pears and plums, and then veggies together, like the broccoli, spinach and peas to make less steaming rounds. Remember, it’s not an exact science! Have fun with it)

-Heat up the pan and start wilting the greens as the fruits/veggies steam.

-Puree in batches, adding a little water or breastmilk as necessary to thin out. 

-For the combos that use the same ingredients, do those together. For example, I’ll do the quinoa batches right after each other (half with blueberries, the other half with plum and banana)

BONUS: Chicken, quinoa and carrots (You have almost all the ingredients for this already on hand- all you need is a plain roasted chicken breast, season with a little garlic, oregano or cumin as you like)

steamed peas and broccoli for homemade baby food

How to Store Homemade Baby Food in the Freezer

I love the Baby Bullet containers, and will usually fill 2-3 with the purees and freeze the rest flat in Ziploc baggies (all Ziploc products are BPA free).

Ice cube trays are perfect too -I couldn’t find any at Target which was kinda weird- and remember to defrost only what your baby will eat over the next couple of days. Keep the rest in the freezer. 

Just for Fun Baby Food Extras

-Happy Baby puffs or Little Ducks dried fruit. Liv loves these for breakfast and lunches! I’ll put a few on her tray with some fresh, soft fruits or veggies (bites of banana, melon, avocado, peeled beans and sweet potato work really well) while I get our meals ready. We used to use the mesh feeder often, but Liv is getting much better at gnawing on food with her gums and swallowing it. She loves to pinch up tiny bites of soft food.

Happy Baby Puffs and Little Ducks dried fruit for Liv

One Month of Homemade Baby Food Shopping List

-3 apples

-2 pears

-2 plums

-3 bananas

-3 zucchini

-2 sweet potatoes

-carrots (buy the long ones instead of the baby ones, which are washed in a bleach solution)

(The following usually last 2 months, with the exception of the fresh kale. I still had the broccoli, peas and blueberries in the freezer from last time. I always have quinoa on hand, but you can buy it in the bulk bin. I only included half a bag of each in the $20 total cost)

-1 package frozen blueberries

-1 package spinach (fresh or frozen)

-1 package broccoli (frozen)

-1 package kale

-1 C quinoa (bulk bin)

*Keep in mind that I’m not a baby food expert or baby nutrition specialist in any way- these are just the foods that Liv likes and an inexpensive list of combos. Always check with your doctor regarding the best method for feeding your baby and before introducing any new foods. We do a combo of pureed food and baby led weaning over here, and it’s working well for us so far <3

xoxo

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120 Comments

  1. Angie on September 18, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I don’t have a baby and don’t plan on having one any time soon but there’s a different reason I loved this post. Because it made me feel less crazy. I went looking for ice cube trays at Target a few months ago and thought for sure I had lost my mind because they HAD to have them somewhere! I looked every where (even got a little creative with my search…are they considered home decor?!) and couldn’t find a single ice cube tray.

    Which led me to wonder…if not at Target, where DOES one find them?!

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      exactly- target has EVERYTHING! just not ice cube trays.
      but yes, livi and i walked around for at least 10 minutes looking for them… nada

      • Lisa @ Fresh Spinach on September 18, 2012 at 7:49 pm

        I once spent about 30 minutes looking for ice cube trays at Target with no luck. Then, as I continued shopping, I found them in the tupperware/ziplock section. Weird.

        • leecang on December 17, 2012 at 12:28 am

          Tupperware, zip lock, plastic at target is were I found the ice trays also. Thanks for the post. very helpful.

      • Ami on September 30, 2012 at 9:16 pm

        Dollar stores and Walmart usually have them, and I have seen them in the overpriced kitchen utensil aisle at the traditional grocery store…went threw the same mission a few years back!

      • Angela on December 2, 2012 at 10:49 pm

        I found my ice cube trayson the Wal-Mart website. They have lids and are BPA FREE which I love. I to make homemade baby food and store it in the ice cube tays. That way I just take out however many cubes at a time, heat them up and they are ready.

    • Rachel on September 18, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      Target has Ice Cube trays but the tupperware and Zip-Lock area!

    • Jenna on October 7, 2012 at 10:05 am

      My Target does have ice cube trays! They are in between the trash bags and reusable lunch containers!

    • K. on October 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Goodwill has all that ‘old school’ type stuff. You may have to go a couple of times. Also consider mini muffin tins and snack size baggies.

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks on September 18, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Best use of an hour and $20 bucks! The girl will be eating like a queen for awhile and you just saved a boatload of cash! Those tiny little jars of storebought baby food are pricey and obviously no where nearly as tasty as homemade!

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      i tried to give her one when we were in vegas and she spit it out! haha. i tasted a bite myself and it was pretty gross compared to the fresh stuff

    • momma of 3 on November 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      I did the store bought baby food with my older one “for the convenience.” But with my last I am home with her and decided I would try the homemade food. I thought I had more time to make it. But it is not a matter of time! I wished I would have done more for my older child. She has allergies that I might have noticed sooner had I paid more attention to what she was eating. It only makes sense to make and feed them fresh food. My youngest daughter, she is 7 months now; she loves avocados, along with vegetables. I would have never thought to give babies avocados. Stores don’t sell that! She loves them!
      “Avocados have diverse fats. For a typical avocado: About 75% of an avocado’s calories come from fat, most of which is monounsaturated fat. On a 100 g basis, avocados have 35% more potassium (485 mg) than bananas (358 mg). They are rich in B vitamins, as well as vitamin E and vitamin K. Avocados have a high fiber content of 75% insoluble and 25% soluble fiber.” According to Wikipedia

      • Fitnessista on November 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm

        another great baby food you won’t see in stores: persimmon! liv goes crazy for it

      • Delana on November 29, 2012 at 11:24 am

        Thanks for the info on avocados. I grew up in the south and never even tried an avocado until I moved out west. My 18 month old daughter is allergic to bananas (yes I still cry because I love them and they would be such an easy snack to keep around!!) and I am always thinking about what would be a good alternative to give her. I think we will give avocados a try!

        • Kasey on December 11, 2012 at 6:06 pm

          Delana,

          If your daughter is allergic to bananas, chances are she will be allergic to avocado too! πŸ™

          People with latex allergies are commonly allergic to avocado, banana, kiwis, mangoes, potatoes, etc. πŸ™

          • Heather on January 16, 2013 at 8:52 pm

            Yep, I have Oral Allergy Syndrome & am allergic to bananas, kiwi, mango & pineapple. I tried avocado last month & seemed to get a very light reaction but not sure on that one yet. However, it’s the last fruit in my little group, so it’s probably out πŸ™



  3. Rosie on September 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    is there a reason you peel the fruit? just curious as I’ve always thought that’s where most of the goodness lives. do infants have issues with the peel?

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      yeah it makes it harder to digest

  4. Chelsa on September 18, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    wow really cool combos. If I had a baby I would make them all!!

  5. Jennifer on September 18, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    I’ve made all my kids food, and wouldn’t do it any other way. I love the fall season and making foods. Whenever I make soup, I would always take some out and freeze for the baby. Split Pea, lentil, barley, and chicken noodle soup are my kids favs!! πŸ™‚ And they go nuts over pumpkin!

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      same here, i love doing it! liv went crazy for the last soup i made, so i can’t wait to try another recipe for her

  6. AshleyC on September 18, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks so much! My little one will be eating solids soon *a couple more months….but I’m bookmarking! Love the quinoa idea!

  7. Kristen on September 18, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I love these posts. I started making my son’s food a couple of months ago. I made some combos last week, including your spinach, peas, and pears. He loved it! I agree that it’s so much fun to watch him try things for the first time. Yesterday I videoed him eating a puff for the first time. Hilarious! He wasn’t too sure about them.
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. marie on September 18, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    If not Target,try Ikea.

  9. Stef on September 18, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    My son just started solids this past month and I will hopefully be mixing flavors soon so thank you so much for this post! I love making baby food for him. πŸ™‚

  10. Holly on September 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    THANK YOU Gina! This is an awesome tutorial! I’m book marking it so that I have it in the future…I know I’ll be needing it soon πŸ™‚

  11. Ali on September 18, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    This couldn’t have come at a better time! I bought some organic baby food because I wasn’t going to have time to make Jack’s food… and then I went to Sprouts to buy produce and felt overwhelmed because I didn’t know what type of combos to make. I’ll definitely take this list with me this week! Thank you!

  12. Dynamics on September 18, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Ikea and Bed, Bath and Beyond have ice cube trays. Not sure what states they are in. I use my silicon cupcake baking cups (I place them on a tray for easier managing). Once the ingredients are frozen, pop them out and put them in a ziplock bag or mason jar. I do this a lot with my spinach for my smoothies. Pop one or two in my smoothies and you do not need ice. The silicon trays would work also. Hope this helps.

  13. Alexis on September 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Try using a muffin pan instead of getting an ice cube tray! It’ll fit more, and cut down on all the waste from the ziploc bags. Silicone is best because you can push out just one cup at a time, whereas with the metal you have to run warm water over the back to get a cup out

    Sadly I don’t know this because I have a baby, but because I make homemade frozen treats for my dogs:)

  14. Amber L on September 18, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I love this post! Solids are something I’m looking forward too! Elliana is 4 months now, so in a couple months. Yay! You know those rubber (or maybe its silicone?) individual cupcake things? A friend told me that they are perfect for freezing baby food too. She said they are much easier to get the food out of than ice cube trays. I’m going to try them when I start making food!

  15. Amber L on September 18, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I just read the other comments and saw the person above me recommended the same thing πŸ˜‰

  16. Phoebe on September 18, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I love these posts! I have been so intimidated about making baby food so I am super excited to try some of these combos πŸ™‚

  17. Marie on September 18, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks for the great post and combo ideas! It is so easy and cheap to make your own baby food. BTW- Baby Bullet has a silicone freezing tray too. It holds 12- 15 or so portions (I forget exactly how many). Best part- when you’re ready to defrost, the food pops right out and it fits directly in the BB containers that you already have.

  18. Shannon on September 18, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Olivia doesn’t like egg yolks? I could have sworn you wrote a post in which you said you saved a yoke for Olivia…..hmmm. Doesn’t add up. Lying is not a good way to become a brand, Gina.

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      hahah, whoa there, sparky.
      oliv liked egg yolks the past couple of times she had them (i think because i offered them first?), but last week, wanted nothing to do with them. i wish i could ask her what she really thinks -her tastes seem to change day to day and week to week- but oh yeah, she can’t talk.

    • Kristen on September 19, 2012 at 6:24 am

      Ok, I’m normally very respectful of other commenters and what they have to say but this comment is just too rediculous to pass up. Is this a joke or are you seriously getting all bent out of shape over egg yolks that an 8 1/2 month old now decides she doesn’t like?!? Why would you accuse Gina of lying about something like EGG YOLKS? Hahaha I just have to laugh.
      Olivia gets so many other yummy foods now. She’s probably realized that a plain yolk she was once getting is blah compared to things like blueberry quinoa and sweet potato apple cinnamon. Can you blame her? I’d change my mind about plain old egg yolk too.

    • justine on September 19, 2012 at 7:05 am

      Somehow, and she can correct me if I’m wrong, I don’t think Gina will be staking her claim on world domination based on her baby’s avowed and unshakeable taste for egg yolks. I think you can relax, Shannon πŸ™‚

    • Laura on September 19, 2012 at 9:47 am

      I don’t usually make comments on what other people have said, but I just feel the need to say something.

      Olivia is an 8 1/2 month old baby, clearly she’s going to change her mind about what types of foods she likes over the course of her long life. God forbid you have ever changed your mind about something before.

      If you’re really basing your validation of Gina off her baby’s food preferences, maybe you should find a different blog.

    • Beth on September 20, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      Yeah, but, YOU GUYS. Maybe Shannon is right. Maybe Gina is saying that Olivia doesn’t like egg yolks NOW so that when Olivia grows up and inevitably has her own blog (called, like, “LIVin’ Large!” or something), she will appeal more to all of the vegans/chicken-haters out there and will thus “become a brand” based on a shared hatred of egg yolks hereby securing a future for both Gina & the Pilot so that they might never work again and grow old and rich off of their daughter’s successes and their one tiny genius LIE. It’s all so clear now!

      • Fitnessista on September 20, 2012 at 11:45 pm

        ok ok, you got me.
        thanks for the laugh πŸ˜‰

  19. Molly@This Life Is Sparkling on September 19, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I love the idea of making homemade baby food. Although I am far,far away from having children of my own, I will definitely remember these posts when that time comes. It looks like fun and I’m sure Livi loves it!

  20. Alexis @ Hummusapien on September 19, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    I think it is absolutley AWESOME that you do this. I think I’m a while away from kids, but once I have one, I will be sure to refer back to this post!

  21. Steff on September 19, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I love all these ideas, Thank you! Just wondering how you went about with giving Livi her first puffs and little chunks of food. I have an 8 month old, and I have to admit that I haven’t tried letting him pinch up anything yet because I’m so scared of the whole choking thing! I know most babies his age are ready, but I’m not πŸ˜‰ We’ve only done purees, and I really want to transition, I’ve even had a package of the organic puffs in the pantry for a month! I don’t know why I’m such a scaredy cat, cuz I was originally dead set on BLW. Any tips would be much appreciated πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      i started off giving her 1/2 a puff. the good thing is that they dissolve, so it’s pretty hard to choke on them.

  22. Shelly on September 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Thanks so much for this post. I was inspired again to make pureed food for my now 13 month old. She is going through a fussy eating period (I think she is teething again), and I am having a hard time getting her to eat her usual finger foods.
    Today I made her carrot, pear and apple puree and she gobbled it right up. Thanks again for your post and inspiration πŸ™‚

  23. Sarah on September 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    These are such great ideas! I have a six month old and I too am making her food. Right now she loves pears, peaches, avocado, sweet potato, and butternut squash. I was wondering, how old was Liv when you first introduced quinoa? I tried organic brown rice cereal and it makes my little one constipated so I was looking for an alternative and thought about quinoa. Again, thank you for these ideas.

    • K. on October 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      The reason for the constipation is most likely all the iron in the cereal. If you’ve ever taken an iron supplement or eaten a high-iron food, especially after not having much iron, it’s sort of like trying to poop an iron skillet. πŸ™‚ When adding cereal, consider also adding a ilttle LITTLE food with magnesium in it (Google foods with magnesium) or a tad of prune juice or other known food that gets you “going” again.

  24. Erin on October 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Found your combo ideas and love them. Made my daughter’s food but had a hard time thinking about combos to get her to eat the green stuff (was working full time then). My son is loving the ones I have tried so far. Pumpkin and banana from Round 1 is a big hit and he even enjoys his peas with pear. Going to add the spinach soon. Going to start Round 2 combos after my next grocery store trip πŸ™‚

  25. Erin on October 15, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Love your food combinations. I’ve been making my own for my 19month old. He loves the pouches and so do i, but i hate paying for them and not making it myself to save money. i stumbled upon your blog on pinterest, as well as this handy new item.

    http://www.infantino.com/product.cfm?product_id=1446

    I’ve made and filled almost half the bags that i purchased. my next purchase for this is the reusable pouches.

    Cheers!

  26. Alanna on October 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Great ideas! I didn’t see any protein combos on your list. My local LaLache league recommends that babies who are on solids but still breast feeding get protein purΓ©ed as solids in combination with vitamin . Apparently the thought behind this is that they need more iron than what is found in breast milk alone aft 6 months. Have you tried any meats?

    • Fitnessista on October 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      Yep she gets lots of beans, salmon, egg yolk and chicken. I make them all fresh and don’t puree them- she gets small bites to pinch up

  27. Lorissa on October 24, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Gina, I completely agree that it is so fun introducing the kiddos to new foods and seeing their reactions, then getting to know their likes and dislikes (so far very few). My little guy’s favorite so far has been avocado with banana. So easy, yet so healthy πŸ™‚ he also loves butternut squash, which p.s. I wasn’t aware they sold it that way at Traders so next time for sure using your genius shortcut! Just getting started introducing him to the wonderful world of food so I have enjoyed your posts! Xoxo, Lorissa

    • Fitnessista on October 26, 2012 at 12:12 am

      thank you, friend! hope you and your family are doing well πŸ™‚

  28. Mary on November 15, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    How long can these be frozen before it spoils?

    • stephanie on December 21, 2012 at 1:49 am

      Most frozen baby food can be kept up to 6 months but they recomend using it within 3 months usually!

  29. Elizabeth on November 17, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Just an FYI… I follow “100 Days of Real Food” on Facebook and she does her research – she just looked in to the whole carrots soaked in bleach thing. This is what she has to say.

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=484580058253008&set=a.189769597734057.47450.111437015567316&type=1&theater

  30. Katie on November 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I just started making baby food. I made pears last night and put the leftovers in baby magic jars to last the next two days. Woke up this morning and the pears where brown. Is that normal? What other fruits/veggies do this?

  31. Caroline on November 23, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I love this post, but would like to let you know about an article I recently read about microwaving food. I apologize for not having a link to share, but I’m sure you could google it. It basically explains that the USA is one of only a few countries that kills its food in the microwave before eating it. It says that most, if not all, nutritients are completely lost within just seconds in the microwave. I immediately stopped using my microwave.

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  33. stephanie on December 21, 2012 at 1:46 am

    What a great inspiration to other mothers you are! i have a 9 month old who has never eaten jarred baby food yet. He is a great eater and so far has eaten almost anything I put in front of him ( even green stuff). We have a steamer that I use for most items or bake in the oven. I love your combinations though as I am not good as mixing foods together or think of combinations. Do uou have any other meats your little one enjoys? I do the basic chicken, beef or pork mixed with any veggies but was just wondering if you had any combos. Thanks a bunch!

  34. Hayley on December 25, 2012 at 3:06 am

    What I have found best to use are the silicone trays from Ikea. They have black ones that freeze in a long rod shape. I am able to fill so much more space in a zip lock. And they are only $1 each. I bought a ton of them and use them all the time to freeze and store other foods.

  35. Megan on January 3, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I got extra large silicone ice cube trays at Marshall’s and bed,bath,beyond. LOVE them for baby food.

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      awesome tip!

  36. Suzy on January 3, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Love this post! I am just now starting to introduce solids to my almost 6 month old. What age did you introduce quinoa? The first thing we gave my son was Earths Best organic oatmeal cereal and he developed a HUGE rash all over his face/mouth area, so we aren’t able to give him oatmeal. Do you think that this would make him sensitive to quinoa also? I am going to have to try some of these combos! Oh and I love all of the tips on where to find the ice cube trays….. I also have spent lots of time wandering target for them! Never woulda thought to look in the garbage bag section!

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      thank you!
      i think it was around 8 months? she really loved it blended with steamed pears
      for the oatmeal, the earth’s best stuff tore up liv’s stomach from the iron. it was awful. she does great with regular gluten-free oatmeal. when she was younger i would grind it up dry into oat flour and then cook it. id’ ask your ped before trying quinoa or oats again, though, just to be sure!
      xoxo

  37. Krista on January 13, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Hey Gina!

    Great ideas for baby food! I’ve tried a few and I am going to make some more today. I was wondering where you buy your Little Ducks dried fruit? I would love to get some for my little girl to add to her puffs. She just loves feeding herself! And it would be a great addition while I am preparing the ‘main menu’ for her πŸ™‚
    Thanks!

  38. Laura on January 20, 2013 at 4:45 am

    When you go to use the food you freeze in a ziploc how do you get it all out? Heat in ziploc first?

    • Fitnessista on January 28, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      defrost in the fridge overnight, then in the morning, heat on the stove or in the microwave

  39. Maddie on January 28, 2013 at 12:32 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUfxKXsdAz0

    I made a video doing this! πŸ™‚

  40. Kiley on March 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I find myself referring back to these instructions constantly. Absolutely love that I have been able to make my son’s baby food.

    It is so easy!

    Thanks so much for taking the time to give us a tutorial.

    • Fitnessista on March 11, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      i’m so happy it’s been helpful for you! i love making liv’s food, too πŸ™‚
      xo

  41. Jolynn on March 16, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    My 3rd baby is now 8 months old and I have made baby food for all of three. It is easy and tastes so much better. Why would I want to feed my baby something that I myself wouldn’t eat. I freeze everything in ice cube trays and that way I can pull out a few cubes out at a time. I can also mix flavors by pulling out two cubes of apples and two cubes of apples. One of my babies favorites is an apple, chicken and sweet potato combo. Even the babysitter said it smelled good when she was feeding it to him.

  42. Jess Williams on March 17, 2013 at 11:23 am

    So so helpful thank you!! Going to check out part 1 next!

  43. briana salinas on March 19, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I have been making my babies food for 3 months now and i have not given up! How did you introduce the cinnamon?? And! It’s so cheap to make the food instead of buying it! And my little girl spit out the jarred baby food too! It is a hassel, however, to deal with people that think it is stupid to make the baby food.

  44. Chelsea on March 21, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Love your recipes! I’ve never done plum. Do you need to steam it, or do you just peel and puree it?

  45. Ellen Moore on April 10, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Hi! I just found this on Pinterest and tried it yesterday. The first time took me a little longer, but I kept checking the directions because I’m just like that. I LOVE the recipes, they are delicious. Thanks so much, I’ll be sure to share this!

  46. Gigglebelly on May 14, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    I love all the creative flavors that you prepared. My only question is did you introduce her to all the flavors individually first to see if she might have a reaction or allergy to food item?

  47. Jasmine on May 21, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Hi! I love this! I just was curious of how much mix you put in each ziplock bag? Is there a way you measure it out?

    • Fitnessista on May 21, 2013 at 12:25 am

      i didn’t- i just guesstimated based on how much i thought would be in a pouch

  48. kross on June 12, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Hey, just curious. How long can these be frozen and still good?

  49. Shelby on June 14, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I’ve been doing lots of research on making my own baby food and this is by far the most helpful article! I can’t wait to start making food for my little one when she gets here (and starts eating solids) My husband is getting annoyed with my ranting about it lol. Thanks so much for the post! (oh and ironically we decided that we were going to name her Olivia if she was a girl like a month after I found out I was pregnant. I’m 21 weeks now and we’re having an Olivia too! lol)

  50. Nina on July 4, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Never ever do I take the time to comment on a post but I’m so happy I found this I wanted to let you know!! I’m a first time mom too. I have a little girl ( Penny- 6m) and I was stressing about what to feed her. This was so simple and healthy. My husband and I made everything last night! We put the made food in squeeze pouches from the homemade squeeze station we got at target. Everything ended up making about 40 pouches!

    Tried to attach a picture of everything finished, I dunno how lol

    Thank you again!

    • Fitnessista on July 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      yay! that makes me so happy to hear! lots of love to you and your little fam. so glad this was helpful! xoxo

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