I’m the first one to say that I have a lot going on in my life. Let’s see: first, there’s my 7-month-old (who still isn’t sleeping through the night…and is now starting on solids). Then, there’s my 8-year-old son who’s got sports, swim lessons, birthday parties (one of which I recently forgot about!), and so much more. And I have a 4-year-old daughter, who has playdates, swim lessons…oh, and lots of temper tantrums!
Plus, I’m working from home. And there’s the laundry, the dishes, the meals to be made. And I do try to find time in the midst of all this craziness to get to the gym for some “me” time (but truthfully, not as often as I’d like!).
So do I need to add another thing to my plate by making my own baby food?
Absolutely, because making baby food is simply one of the easiest—and not to mention, healthiest—things you can do for your baby.
Here’s how I manage to fit baby-food-making into my insanely busy day:
1. Get the right “equipment”. You wouldn’t run a race without the proper sneakers. And no mom should be making baby food without the proper tools, either. What you need: a good baby food maker that mashes, purees, and basically preps the food. In reality, you could do this on your own—but moms, I’m telling you, this investment (most cost no more than about $100) will save you time and frustration. I’ve used it for my other two kids—and now with my third—and it makes baby food making super easy!
2. Don’t worry about getting creative. Babies need to learn to appreciate the taste of each food individually. Simple, I’ve found, is best…at least when you’re starting out. What that means: sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, bananas, avocados, pears, peaches, apples…the list goes on! Plus, when you start thinking simply, you’ll get less overwhelmed.
3. Give your baby your leftovers…well, not really all your leftovers! What I mean is, when you’re cooking for yourself, leave a little out to make for baby. For example, when I’m making sweet potatoes for dinner (I usually steam or roast them), I take out a few, mash them up in my baby food maker (this process takes no more than three minutes), then spoon them into a baby-food-freezing container, and stack them in the freezer. I make sure to mark, with a sticker, the date on the food, along with the name of the food, so I can keep track. Then, when it’s time to feed my son, I just take out one of the frozen “cubes” of food, put it in a bowl sitting in warm water to defrost it, and voilà: your own baby food! It’s fresh, healthy, and most importantly, pure (no additives ever!).
Then, when I’m traveling (or eating out), I just pack the frozen food into a sealed container and bring along with a baby spoon. It’s so convenient—and healthy—there is really no reason to buy the pre-made stuff, ever!