Incredibly Easy Homemade Baby Food- {Guest Post}

Hi everyone!  I'm Shannah from Just Us Four

I am so excited to be guest posting here while Kilee takes some much deserved time off to cuddle with her newest little one.  Since she is all baby all the time right now, she asked me to share something baby related with you all.

From the moment I found I was pregant with my daughter, I was super focused on what she would eat.  I'm just the type that needs something to focus on when there is so much around me I can't control.  Pregnancy flew by and suddenly I was a mom.  First came breastfeeding and then suddenly we were moving so fast towards solid foods and I was at a loss.  Thankfully, I discovered how easy it would be to make my own babyfood and decided to try it out before heading to the store for jars of food.

So many moms get overwhelmed at the thought of making baby food so I want to share with you how easy it really is!  No special equipment to buy or anything and you won't spend hours upon hours every day making food. 

I'm going to start with a super simple idea that you can build upon as your baby grows.  For what to feed when guidelines, I typically refer to my pediatrican {duh!} and
Today, let's make butternut squash.  Start with a squash and peel and cube it.

Toss it into your steamer pot and steam until tender.  Don't have a steamer pot?  You can simmer it in a little liquid or bake it in the oven {if you bake it...don't bother cubing it though because you can just scoop it out once it is baked}. 

Once it is tender, transfer it to your blender or food processor. Reserve the water from the steamer pot and add 1 Tbsp at a time to the blender. {This is great for everything BUT carrots. Use fresh water for carrots.} Blend until desired consistency.

NOTE: I typically leave mine a little thicker than what the baby is currently eating. Then, I just thin it with a little breastmilk or formula before feeding.

Ok, so we've got babyfood. Now, what?
We need to store it.  When I was feeding my kids, I would take 1-2 days per month and make a ton of different foods.  Then, I would freeze them and serve them throughout the month.

There are tons of products out there to help you freeze babyfood but you really only need one thing: ice cube trays.  {I like the covered ones personally.}  Just spoon your food into it and freeze. 

Once they are frozen, pop the cubes out and store in ziploc bags in the freezer.
The great thing about homemade babyfood is that YOU control what goes in, how it is made, how it is stored, etc.  As your child gets older, you can still use the purees as mixers for things like quinoa, millet or just mix different purees together for new flavors.

Thanks so much for reading along!  Though my kids are out of the babyfood stage now, I do still share different things we do together over on my blog, Just Us Four.  I hope you'll come by for a visit.

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