My first baby was born in December, which means by the time he started eating solid foods, we were at the peak of produce season. What we couldn't grow in our tiny backyard garden, we bought at the grocery store and then served up fresh with the help of this handy-dandy little manual food mill. (It's a Munchkin brand, but there are many different versions out there.)
Back before I had kids, I balked at the idea of making baby food when it seemed so much more convenient to just buy it. Yes, I was an advocate of breastfeeding and babywearing and other things people might associate with hippy moms, but I was going to draw a hard line at turning my kitchen into a processing plant for infant purees.
That was obviously before I knew how expensive baby food can be AND before I knew how quick and easy it was to make baby food with the manual hand mill. Ours cost under $10, and we definitely got our money's worth and then some. You can get the same job done with a regular food processor, if you have one, but clean-up won't be as easy, and you can't throw a big plug-in machine into your purse and take it out to a restaurant.
And whether you're out and about or just eating at home, I can't overstate the convenience of being able to feed the baby a mashed-up version of what the rest of the family is eating. Green beans, peas, sweet potato, squash, peaches and pears, you name it.
My second son isn't a fan of being spoon-fed, but he loves his purees in pouch form. If your baby likes those newfangled pouches too, you can buy a set of resuable ones and fill them with your own homemade mixtures fresh from your food mill. Hooray for technology!
Who knew making my own baby food would be so cheap and easy and convenient? Not me, but I'm glad I figured it out.
Do you make your own baby food?
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