I promise. I never bought a single jar of prepared baby food for either of my little ones, so I know it’s possible. It takes a teensy tiny bit of planning but I’ve got all the resources and info you need to make it happen. And you’ll be so happy you did.
Better yet, your children will reap the benefits. They’ll be getting delicious real foods, no additives, and that will train their taste buds and their bellies. It sets the stage for a lifetime of healthier habits.
But where oh where to start?
First of all, decide what your goals are. Do you want to make all of your own baby food, 100%, no exceptions? (I went this route and never looked back, but it’s not for everyone. No judgments here.) Do you want to just try your hand at a few of the basics and supplement the rest? It’s up to you how far you can and want to take this. And if you don’t know, that’s OK too. Try it out and see what’s gonna work for you.
Next, take an inventory of your equipment. You do not, I repeat, do not, need to go buy any product that says it makes baby food. You can absolutely do everything you need to do with a steamer basket, immersion blender and food processor. (OK, I’m assuming you have regular pots, pans, bowls and a microwave.)
That doesn’t mean there aren’t a few things out there to make your life simpler. If you’re invested in this, I’d recommend getting these. If you’re just trying your hand at homemade baby food and don’t know if you’ll stick with it, skip these for now.
Check out my baby food equipment recommendations.
And you’ll want to have some basic freezer, fridge and pantry stapes on hand, to make it easy to whip up food in no time.
Lastly, you’ll need to decide on some sort of list/schedule of what foods you want to introduce to your baby first, next, and on and on after that. Sound a bit overwhelming? No worries, I got you covered on that.
Check out my sample baby food intro schedule. I recorded this schedule as I introduced foods to M and used the same one, more or less, for J when he came along. You can add, subtract, switch things around, skip over things or add in your own favorites. But it’ll help you get going in the early days and give you ideas for new things to try once you’re a few months in.
Now you’re on your way! Next up:
Homemade baby food: Getting started – Time to get in the kitchen and make it happen. Check out my tips for batch cooking and freezing baby food so you can make the most of your precious time and wind up with a fridge and freezer stocked with ready-to-go foods.
And check out my complete list of resources for making homemade baby food.