In our last post, Organic Baby Food Made Simple - Part 1, we provided 6 Simple Reasons to Make Your Own Baby Food. And for Part 2, we’ve scoured the internet and found the best recipes and tools out there, guaranteed to make homemade baby food as simple and stress-free as can be.
Homemade Organic Baby Food for little ones 4-6 months
In the first few months of making your own baby food, stick to simple, single ingredients, and many allergists recommend introducing new foods by spacing them at least 4 days apart. The top 3 easily digestible foods for their tiny little tummies are sweet potatoes, squash and carrots.
According to Wholesome BabyFood, the best solid food options being introduced to baby are called Stage 1.
Stage 1 Foods for Baby
Apples | Avocados | Apricots | Bananas | Mango | Nectarines & Peaches | Papaya | Pears | Plums & Prunes | Pumpkin
Beans (Green) | Carrots | Peas | Sweet Potato | Squash
Rice | Oatmeal | Barley
DIY Cereal Recipe
- 1/4 c. rice powder (brown rice ground in blender or food processor), ground oats (do NOT use instant or Quick Cook) or ground barley (barley ground in blender or food processor)
- 1 cup water
Step 1: Bring liquid to boil in saucepan. Add the rice powder while stirring constantly.
Step 2: Simmer for 10 minutes, whisking constantly, mix in formula or breast milk and fruits if desired
Step 3: Serve warm.
Step 1: Peel ripe banana – do not cook
Step 2: Place banana in a food processor/food mill or blender and puree
Step 3: You can also mash the banana in a bowl using a regular fork – heat in microwave for 25 seconds prior to mashing for extra softness
Step 4: Add formula/breast milk or water to thin or add cereal (if desired) to thicken up.
Step 1: Peel carrots and cut into small chunks
Step 2: Place chunks into a steamer pan with just enough water visible through the steamer basket
Step 3: Steam until tender
Step 4: Do not reserve any left-over water to use for thinning out the carrots if baby is under 8 months old as Nitrates may seep into the cooking water
Step 5: Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing
Step 6: Add water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency
Plus, 3 Essential Gadgets and Gizmos for DIY Organic Baby Food
At 4.5 stars on Amazon, the Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker brings healthy, homemade organic baby food for your little one. Eliminating the need to pre-cook food before adding them to your food processor, this really is a set it and forget it kitchen for DIY baby food. With the Baby Brezza, just add food and water and get back to your day. The bowl has a 3-cup capacity and is great for cooking several batches at one time.
Amazon: $103.99 - Prime Eligible
Another Amazon Best Seller, the Infantino Squeeze Station is the simplest way we have found to store and serve organic baby food, made from scratch from the comfort of your own kitchen. Perfect for the on-the-go family, it comes with refillable, reusable silicone pouches making it perfect for babies, toddlers and even preschoolers. Plus, the Squeeze Station is dishwasher safe and nests together for easy storage when not in use.
Amazon: $15.99 - Prime Eligible
For parents who juggle parenthood and work, the Mumi & Bubi Solid Starter Kit is a must-have! This starter kit makes freezing and storing big batches of homemade organic food for your little one a snap. It comes with 2 freezer trays, with 21 cubes each, for a total of 42 1-ounce servings. This comes in super handy if you have caregivers! And in eco-friendly fashion, these are certified free of phthalates, BPA, and PVC.
Amazon: $25.49 - Prime Eligible
Do you have one of our 3 tools to simplify DIY baby food or do you have a homemade baby food tip you would like to share with the Under the Nile community? Let us know in the comments below!