I made my own baby purees with Graham and Miles so I didn’t have any question about whether I’d do the same for Alice. I did know that I’d be busy with three kids and that I better make myself a schedule so I wouldn’t fall behind on foods for little miss. Months six and seven went beautifully. We worked our way through fruits and veggies with ease and then somewhere around eight and a half weeks I realized that I’d stalled on giving Alice new foods to try out. It was becoming the same zucchini and carrot routine. I did finally start giving her some finger foods and she has only had a few gagging episodes. I remember the boys gagging a lot but perhaps I just started them out sooner with chunks of food.
I had an ah-ha moment one day when I was pureeing zucchini and pouring it into ice cube trays to freeze. My process was creating extra effort for myself. I’d freeze her food in ice cube size portions and then when it was time to prepare a meal I’d put two or three cubes back together in a bowl. Now that we’re into month number nine she’s eating more at each session so it was time to tweak my methods.
Enter Amazon Prime and splurging on baby gear I didn’t get to have with the boys, because, you know, it’s my last baby.
I bought the Infantino Squeeze Station and a box of storage bags and off I was making squeeze pouches of purees.
For my first batch of 60 pouches it worked out to be 50 cents a bag (factoring the cost of the station into the price) plus the cost of food. But in one evening I had enough food made for more than two weeks.
I like knowing what exactly is in the food were giving her. That everything is super fresh and hasn’t been sitting on a shelf for who knows how long. And in the long run making your own baby food works out to be much cheaper per serving even with the extra gear I’ve picked up to make it fun and easy for myself.
Think about it. How much does one banana cost? How hard is it to smash up a banana with a fork?
Why would you pay, on average, $1.00 for a packaged baby food banana puree when you can save so much money doing it yourself?
I’m not against buying baby food from the store but when I have friends comment in amazement at the effort I take to make baby food I always reply that it’s so much cheaper. I think people are often on auto pilot and don’t stop to think about the alternatives to throwing those packets or jars into your shopping cart.
Don’t have time to steam veggies or don’t own a food processor? Well then buy the “hard to make” baby foods and do the easy stuff yourself!
I love that Alice will be at the right age for summer fruit purees. Now I don’t have to let over-ripe fruit go to waste. I’ll just pop things into the blender and we’ll be off and running. I also love the idea of using this new pouch system to make my own apple sauce packets. Those things are sure convenient. They were a tantrum saver on many occasion with the boys and now I can have the same thing but for much cheaper.
If you’re considering this whole process you could even take it one step further and buy reusable pouches. But. I was being realistic with myself and didn’t see myself taking the time to carefully wash things out and reuse them. My hand wash insulated cups sit by the side of the sink long enough as it is!
At nine months here’s the list of foods Alice either eats or will be introduced to over the next month:
Full fat plain yogurt (you can stir any of your own fruit purees to mix up the flavor)
Scrambled and hard boiled eggs
The recommended serving sizes for a day are:
1/4 – 1/3 cups dairy
1/4 – 1/2 cups cereal
1/4 – 1/2 cups fruit
1/4 – 1/2 cups veggies
1/8 – 1/4 cups proteins
What I love about the pouches is I can mix up big batches of blends and not have to think about it during the week. Just grab a couple pouches out of the freezer and put them in the fridge to thaw or right into a dish of hot water.
Some combinations Alice enjoys are:
Oatmeal or Yogurt with fruit purees stirred in
Mum mums with cream cheese spread on one side
Zucchini and apple or pear
Butternut squash with apple
Sweet potato and carrot
Carrot and apple
I’m looking forward to trying out Blackberries with Ricotta Cheese and some three combos like squash, carrot and chickpea as well as carrot, blueberry and pear.
Applesauce and pear purees blend well with most any veggie combo and help add some water content to the puree.
I’m looking forward to month number nine. And every time I open the freezer drawer I can see my little treasure chest of foods for my little miss to grow on.