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Homemade Baby Food served on Baby Bowl - Avanchy.com

Homemade Baby Food served on Baby Bowl - Avanchy.com

July 08, 2016

You may feel that making your own baby food is beyond your capacities when you have a new little one: all parents can relate to feeling overwhelmed by all that needs to get done with a baby in the house and have baby bowl with you.

It doesn't have to be a big job. If you have a few tools to get you started, you will be pleased with how easy it is to make a batch of food you can feel proud to feed your baby. There are a few things you will need to start:

  1. Food, of course. We use foods that we buy for ourselves anyway, which means we don't make trips to the store just to buy baby food. See below for what to start with.
  2. Pots or baby bowls to cook food - a bit softer than you might cook it for yourself.
  3. A blender. This one is key: if I were to use my full-sized, clunky blender every time I made baby food, it would be a much bigger chore. I have a Single Shot Magic Bullet, which is a good size to make a reasonable amount of baby food, can be stored with a lid in the fridge for short periods, and even more importantly, is very easy to clean. A good-quality immersion blender with an appropriate bowl or pitcher would also work.
  4. Ice cube trays, for freezing baby food into serving sizes - BPA-free, if possible.
  5. A good, appropriately-shaped rubber scraper to make sure you are getting all the last bits of food - a little goes a long way with a baby, so you don't want to leave whole servings worth on the sides of your blender!
  6. Baby bowls to feed baby from. You may want plastic, glass, or metal; I use a set of 1-cup prep bowls because they're small, made of tempered glass (which doesn't break easily), have etched measurements on the side, have lids for storage, and are fridges, freezer-, and microwave-safe.

In our household, we started with rice cereal, followed by barley and oatmeal, as generally recommended. Next, we began sweet vegetables like carrots and peas, cooked soft and blended smooth. Other vegetables to try are squash (especially butternut), beets, sweet potatoes, and green beans. After that, use your imagination!

Once you have cooked and blended the food, you can freeze it stored in ice cube trays. This way, one or two cubes makes a perfect serving size for your baby, and you can combine different veggies to vary the flavors.

You can heat up your baby's meal in the microwave or in a saucepan with hot water in the bottom. The food needs to be only slightly warm. We usually mix in some oil and some baby cereal to get the consistency we want.

We also use our blender to make fruit "smoothies" for baby: blend together unsweetened applesauce with peaches, pears, bananas, mango, blueberries, or strawberries (you can buy these fruits fresh, canned, or frozen - just make sure they are ripe, and the larger fruits are peeled first). These fruit servings make perfect desserts follow up the meal. If you don't have the time, unsweetened applesauce on its own is a big hit with lots of babies!

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Size Guide

Infant Spoons 

Baby Spoons

  • Length: 6.5" 
  • Width: 1" 
  • Weight: 0.6 oz.
  • Length: 5.5" 
  • Width: 1.5" 
  • Weight: 0.6 oz.

Baby Plates

Toddler Plates

  • Diameter: 7" 
  • Height: 2" 
  • Weight: 12.8 oz.
  • Length: 8.5" 
  • Width: 7.3" 
  • Height: 2.2" 
  • Weight: 13 oz.

Baby Forks

Baby Bowls

  • Length: 5.5" 
  • Width: 1.5" 
  • Weight: 0.6 oz.
  • Diameter: 5" 
  • Height: 3" 
  • Weight: 9.6 oz.