Yes, I CAN Make Baby Food

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Way back 7 years ago, I was “that” mom. I didn’t mean to be. (Okay, maybe I did.) I had time. I had lots of time. I had the time that every night, after the huz and I finished our tacos or fajitas or baked chicken, I cleaned and he entertained Big. And then I had more time. So with this amazing “more time” I pureed baby foods. Sure, it took a few minutes, but what else would I do with my time? Afterall, the laundry was folded, the toilets were cleaned, the kid was entertained and bathed, so I might as well prepare fresh food for the baby while I prepare meals for the next day, right? Oh, I was so proud. I went around discussing with friends how to make their own baby food. I mixed flavors and thawed the cubes the next day for lunch and breakfast. And when I saw other moms taking out their Gerber jars, I felt badly for them. What were they missing? Didn’t they know how easy this was? Perhaps I should walk over to their table and teach them how easy making baby food really is! It wouldn’t take long, right?

So, Big was mostly fed freshly pureed food.

And then I got pregnant with Middle, opened a store and started blogging. The toilets weren’t as clean, the laundry may not be folded right away and there were a few times when the Huz complained about running out of boxers. When it was time to feed Middle, I tried to make from scratch. Carrots, bananas, apples, spaghetti squash. Then I began to focus on the foods that weren’t available in the jars, because the jars were so much faster to just feed, rather than make. But foods like spaghetti squash and mangos and avocados… I still made them for Middle.

And Middle was fed more often from jars, but had a fair share of freshly pureed baby foods.

Now, I have Little. I have 3 baskets of laundry waiting to be folded, a child who needs to know how to spell supercalafragalisticexpialidocious, another who is waiting to be wiped and a burning chicken in the oven. We celebrate when we make it to the bus on time and we cheer if the floor is swept. I wear my Gerber Stock Certificate with pride and proudly select organic baby food when I have an opportunity.

So when I received Top 100 Baby Purees: 100 Quick and Easy Meals for a Healthy and Happy Baby as a book club book for the SVMoms March book selection, it was a huge kick in the butt for me. A reminder that making foods for Big and Middle wasn’t challenging.

And then I watched Jamie Oliver‘s Food Revolutionlast week on TV and, oh! the Jewish mom guilt. I felt terrible. What am I doing to my baby?! Feeding her processed, jarred baby food that can stay in its jar for nearly 2 years?! What kind of start am I offering her?

About a week ago, I paged through Karmel’s book and realized that, while I’m not going to set out to make all of her meals, I can certainly mix fruits with yogurts on my own. And I can feed a fresh banana or open an avocado rather than opening a jar for dinner. Mashing up a fresh mango takes seconds and its a brilliant taste with a slew of vitamins.

So far, I’ve just given her bananas. But there’s an avocado in the fridge and a mango on the counter. Its a start.

This post was in response to the SVMoms monthly Book Club. I was sent a copy of both Top 100 Finger Foods: 100 Recipes for a Healthy, Happy Child and Top 100 Finger Foods: 100 Recipes for a Healthy, Happy Child. Please note: I suggest you proceed with caution when using any baby recipe books. They do not always take into consideration the AAP guidelines for food introduction, nor do they consider the allergy awareness that I have been taught over the years. Everyone follows his or her gut and guides, please make sure you follow your’s.

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mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel (jewelryverse.com) and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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Comments

  1. says

    Every little bit helps! To make it easier on yourself make a patch once a month so you don’t have to do it every night. One thing I changed after my second was instead of using a food processor I use a immersion blender, Much easier clean up! Good Luck!!!

  2. says

    I knew that we had something else in common that made us instant Twitter friends! I was that mom too and tried to be with Captain Computer although he never ate baby food! My copy of First Meals sat sadly on the shelf when he went straight from milk to solids! Good for you for giving it a try again but don’t kill yourself! And thanks for the reminder at the end of the post. It is so easy to forget about allergies when introducing foods! With tons of allergies in my husband’s side of the family, we had to be so careful!
    .-= Leticia- Tech Savvy Mama´s last blog ..LeapFrog Celebrates Literacy Month w/Twitter Luncheon & Tag Giveaway =-.

  3. says

    Ha ha! I love that with your first you “had time to fill” and made your own baby food from scratch! I had a similar situation and made everything on my own until we started traveling and moving, then turned to Earth’s Best and Happy Baby to fill in the gaps. . .even then I was defending my organic baby food to others. 😉
    .-= c2cmom´s last blog ..Cooking with My Kiddo =-.

  4. says

    Okay I know I only have one baby but I would not consider myself “that mom” – between my baby, my blog and my full time job I barely had time to wash my hair this week let alone any laundry.

    I made a packed with myself that I wasn’t going to allow my daughter to grow up with the poor eating habits (and hangups) I did. Step one in this packed was to make her baby food using the best ingredients I could find.

    Basically my husband and I spend 2-3 hours every weekend buying and cooking up fresh local organic fruits and veggies. We freeze it in cubes and pull from it during the course of the week. It has actually turned into a great way for the 3 of us (mom, dad, and baby) to bond as a family.

    I also use the baby food to help supplement my diet as well. I know this sounds insane but adding a little homemade baby food to your sandwich, instead of mayo is a great way to cut calories and get your daily fruits and veggies.

    Several moms in my neighborhood have started a baby food exchange and I think this idea is awesome. It is a great way to be able to experiment with new fruits and veggies!

    I also use “Top 100 Baby Purees: 100 Quick and Easy Meals for a Healthy and Happy Baby” to get ideas along with a few other books and web sites.

  5. says

    I love this book… it is really difficult to make baby food without making it look yucky or even taste yucky… poor baby… it a thing of the past for me! Cheers!

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