Bon Appetit Baby: Make Your Own Organic Baby Food (with Video)

Baby food doesn’t have to come in jars. It grows on trees and in gardens!

Writing Grow A Green Baby prompted me to think about all of the little choices and dilemmas new parents are faced with daily. One that seems to transcend most of the others is how important it is to provide babies with healthy eating habits right from the start.

Conventional prepackaged baby food can be loaded with additives and preservatives. Some even contain refined sugars and chemically modified starches. Not to mention the condensed fruits and vegetables with potential pesticide residues.

Homemade organic baby food is simply fruits, vegetables and grains that are strained, pureed, or mashed. Making your own baby food makes perfect sense, because little babies have rapidly developing bodies that are especially vulnerable to toxins.

Why make your own organic baby food?

1. Pound for pound, a baby consumes more pesticides, nitrates, food additives and chemicals from the foods they ingest.

2. Studies show that organic foods have higher nutritional levels than conventionally grown foods.

3. Organic foods are not genetically modified.

4. Baby food that isn’t over-cooked and processed has a higher nutrient quotient.

5. You can make food that pleases your baby’s taste.

6. Babies learn what fresh food tastes like, and it is usually preferred.

7. Making your own baby food saves money.

Do organic foods have a higher nutritional value?

Organic food is safer, more nutritious and it tastes better. Here is a study that substantiates that. Wholesomebabyfood.com claims that some organic products may have 60 to 80 percent more nutrients and higher levels of vitamin E than their conventional counterparts. Organic wheat, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, onions and lettuce have between 20 to 40 percent more nutrients.

Isn’t it a waste of time to make your own if you can buy organic baby food?

Using fresh and clean organic fruits and vegetables and whole grains develops healthy eating habits and the nutritional value of homemade organic baby food per ounce is higher than jarred foods.

Next: Best and worst fruits and vegetables to use for baby food

Which fruits and vegetables are the safest to use in homemade baby food?

Below is a Produce Pesticide Report Card from the Environmental Working Group. If you have an iPhone, you can sign up to download the handy iPhone app that will tell you which produce to buy organic, and which conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables are okay if organic isn’t available.

Most Contaminated
Peaches
Apples
Bell peppers
Celery
Nectarines
Strawberries
Cherries
Kale
Lettuce
Imported grapes
Pears

Least Contaminated
Onions
Sweet corn
Avocado
Pineapple
Mango
Asparagus
Sweet peas
Kiwi
Cabbage
Eggplant
Papaya
Watermelon
Broccoli
Tomato
Sweet potato

How to make your own baby food:

1. Start with fruits or veggies that soften when steamed. Pears, sweet potatoes, squash and apples are great starters.

2. Boil water.

3. Wash, peel and dice fruit or vegetable.

4. Add fruit or vegetable.

5. Poke with a fork, and when it pierces into the food easily, it is ready.

6. Remove from stove top.

7. Pour out most of the water, but you can save some for pureeing.

8. Puree using a hand food mill, food processor or a blender.

For more information on making your own baby food, watch this video:

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25 comments

Angilina J.
Angilina J.2 years ago

This is terrific info and better for baby too!

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

thanks for the info

Bon L.
Bon L.5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Grace Johnson
Grace Johnson5 years ago

this is what used to be done for babies before the food industry started

jan l.
jan l.5 years ago

This is great ~ ty! A friend of the family cannot eat solid foods, or she will aspirate [the food goes into her lungs]. i've forwarded the article to her ~ her mom gets so tired of eating "wet chalk" ~ this is much more palatable, can be modified if need be to add protein powder, etc. Fabulous idea for the elderly too ~ ty!

JE L.
Jane L.5 years ago

Thanks.

Angela B.
Angela B.5 years ago

Great post! Thanks :)

Abo Ahmed r.
Abo r.5 years ago

This economical situation makes the person think and think and make ballance to try to cope and it will lead to a good lesson for future savings for the children education or..,...etc.

Pauline Wongfelix

Here in America, we are all afraid of what will happen if we give foods that are not 'appropriate' to babies, foods from the shelves are the worst kinds of foods to give babies, when babies are born they have ever changing gut accomodations, they are growing up and they can be protected by lots of enzymes rich foods instead of the overcooked variety, protect them with baby acidophilus if you start them young they can adjust; we were taught not give young babies any honey before they are past one year old, my foreign family back home were laughing at me for that matter, all my brother's children had honey before the age of one and they grew up strong and healthy, adjust their taste buds when they are young so that they will not choose what to like or not like in terms of healthy foods like vegetables, most kids these days hate to eat vegetables, we need to train their taste buds when young so they do not pick or choose, done the right way veggies can be the sweetest foods ever, do not overcook them blend them after you blanch them to maintain the enzymes mix some brown rice, add some water and have them eat it without adding any salt or seasonings, most foods in the stores are seasoned for the taste buds that are hazardous to health

Heather B.
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks, Ronnie.