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I always knew that when my baby was to start eating solids, I wanted to go down the homemade route. Not only is it cheaper, but you can be absolutely sure about what ingredients are being used, without any added salt, sugar or preservatives.
For the past couple of months, I’ve started getting into making baby food in bulk, freezing extra batches which should last us quite a while. It’s fun picking out new fruits and vegetables for baby Charles to try, and entertaining to watch his reactions! He doesn’t seem too picky about what he eats, and generally likes most foods that we’ve given so far.
I eventually struck a balance between organic, store bought baby food for the “mixed” meals (such as vegetable and lamb polenta, or winter vegetables and beef), along with my homemade baby food range which so far has been single ingredient purees. But lately I’ve also started to get more creative with his homemade meals, browsing through different recipes to find new combinations of flavours!
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Here are my must-have products for making and storing homemade baby food:
A good quality blender is the most important thing to have when preparing baby food! I find that an immersion stick blender is the easiest to use and clean, and I have better control over how smooth or textured I want my purees to be.
Reusable food pouches
The advantage of using food pouches is that they’re incredibly convenient and great for when you’re on the go. They’re so easy to squeeze out smaller amounts straight onto a spoon for feeding your baby, without having to carry around a separate bowl. Once your little one gets a bit older, they’re super fun to hold and eat straight from instead!
I love my set of Squooshi reusable food pouches – the range of different animal designs are adorable!
What’s also great about the Squooshi reusable food pouches is that they’re BPA and PVC free (so important!) and that they’re dishwasher and freezer safe. This was a deciding factor for me when looking for suitable pouches, because I like to prepare baby food in larger batches and freeze a whole heap for later. Being easy to clean is also useful!
To complement my collection of reusable food pouches, I also use my ultra handy Squooshi filling station. It makes filling them really easy! Check out their range of starter kits which is a good place to look if you want an affordable, all-in-one package.
All you need to do is attach the end of one of the pouches to the dispenser, add your puree then use the plunger to push down and fill the pouch before sealing with one of the caps!
Ice cube tray with a silicone base
I found that using ice cube trays with a silicone base was a perfect way of ensuring proportionate amounts of baby food for freezing. There are pricier ones available that have lids, but lidless ones work fine as long as you wrap it tightly with plastic cling wrap once the puree has cooled. Definitely get trays with a silicone base, because it makes it heaps easier to pop out the frozen cubes later on.
Good quality freezer bags are a super space efficient, cheap and convenient way of storing frozen baby food. Use a permanent marker to label it with what’s inside, along with the date that you packed it. Otherwise it’s easy to lose track of what’s what in your freezer, and whether things are still good!
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When the time comes for your baby to start eating solids, prepare yourself for lots of adorably interesting facial expressions as your little one tries everything for the first time! And stock up on these essential products to make homemade baby food preparation a fun and easy process.
Have you prepared homemade baby food for your little one? What products helped with this? Share any tips in the comments below.