I never made my older kids food , I was very new at being a mom and just bought whatever was the cheapest thing on the shelf that was already done for me. I didn’t have the knowledge about preservatives, chemicals or gmo’s that could be added to food. Until my older two kids had nothing but food reactions, food allergies, leaky gut issues as well as yeast overgrowth. They were both picky eaters and ate tons of fast food and toddler food because that is what I fed them from a young age not knowing the damage it was doing to them and their stomachs in the long run. With my new daughter I knew more , I’m a more educated mother and I wanted to do things differently to hopefully keep her from all of the constant medical issues that my other two children have been through.
You can of course buy squeeze pouches in the store. They have lots of different kinds of applesauce mixes, yogurt squeezies, and fruit and veggie combinations. But you can make your own so quickly, easily and for much less money. Plus, you can customize them to your little one’s liking and feel good that you’re controlling the ingredients and what is being put into you child’s body is real food.
WHAT I USE: THE EQUIPMENT
I have the Infantino Squeeze Station and it’s been great. It’s the only specific baby food equipment I’ve bought and was definitely worth it.
You’ll also need to buy refill pouches (they come in batches of 50 and you will go through them!)
You’ll also need a food processor to make the purees to put into the squeeze pouches, I use the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Stack and Snap Food Processor
HOW IT WORKS
You set up the squeeze station by inserting three pouches into the bottom (they fit through some grooves and sort of snap in.) Then you put the empty containers on top and screw them onto the bags.
Note: Be sure to write the contents and date on your bags before you start to fill them. Much easier than after they’re done.
After the bags are filled, unscrew the tubes and carefully pull the bags out. Twist on the orange top and voila! You can keep them in the fridge for a couple of days or pop them straight into the freezer to have on hand later.
It’s really easy and actually, really fun!
My daughter is only four months so I made all stage 1 foods and didn’t do any combinations of multiple fruit or veggies, just the basics. I made about thirty sixty bags which should last me until she is six months and eating more stage two type foods.
Stage 1 Baby Food
Stage 1 Baby Food is a term that applies to baby foods that are highly pureed and strained. These foods are appropriate for babies who are just being introduced to solid foods. The foods in this range are targeted to babies who are between the ages of (4) 6 to 8 months old.
- Apples- cook
- Pears- cook
- Peas- cook
- Sweet Potatoes- cook
- Green Beans- cook
- Pumpkin- cook
- Squash- cook
- Carrots- cook
- Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice to all of these to help preserve them.
- Store your bags in the freezer for up to 2 months
- You can reuse the covers for the bags but not the bags themselves
- Defrost your baby food pouches by letting the bag sit in a cup of hot water don’t microwave!
- If any of your mixtures seem too thick (because the water content of fruits and veggies can vary), just add a bit of applesauce or a splash of water to the blender until its thin enough.
I hope this helps you realize just how easy it is to make baby food and just think of all of the money you will be saving! For more questions feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org