Making baby food in two hours per week (or less, even as an expat)

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  1. Debby says:

    Oh my! Impressive. I have always been a marginal cook and tended to shy away from the kitchen. This is awesome.

  2. Belle says:

    I LOVE making our own baby food when my kids were a baby. I always prefer it than buying store-bought food.

    One Awesome Momma

    • Theresa says:

      It was so so so nice to know what was going into their bodies that age, particularly as my oldest had severe intolerances. Now that they’re older, I’ll admit to being lazy and buying LOTS of store bought snacks. :)

  3. Elizabeth says:

    You make it sound easy! You are right – once you get into the rhythm (like most things) it’s much better
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  4. Have you looked into baby-led weaning? That’s what we do, and it involves no prep at all!

    • Theresa says:

      We did consider it! In our case, our kids were super interested in solids super early (four months, in Jasmine’s case), and I was already supplementing with formula, as I couldn’t pump enough to keep up with their appetites! Baby-led weaning is a great philosophy though, and I definitely agree that it works for lots of families.

  5. Oh my gosh … you do actually make it sound easy. Sometimes I wish I had made my babies foods, but I decided to focus on different things and fed them mostly organic baby food in jars.

    • Theresa says:

      I’m glad you did what worked for you! Raising kids is hard enough, and I definitely understand why folks don’t go the DIY route.

  6. mary barham says:

    I have a magic bullet and have never used it!I need to try making some baby food!
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  7. Georgiana says:

    Wow! I never even thought to do this when my kids were little because it always sounded so hard. But you’ve made it actually look doable!

    • Theresa says:

      It 100% is doable, but … i totally get why people don’t go this route. Raising kids is hard! In our case, making baby food actually relieved stress because of my kids’ intolerances.

  8. These are great tips for making your own baby food. I really like the idea of knowing exactly what is in the food, and the fact that it is minimally processed. My mom made all my baby food, back in 1988, but without the benefit of that handy steamer!

    • Theresa says:

      Honestly, I never would have done this myself if it hadn’t been for Jasmine’s food intolerances. The minimal processing was an added bonus! I can’t even imagine being your mom and doing this w/o a steamer. Yikes!

  9. Jen says:

    Wow! You make it sound so easy!

  10. Shann Eva says:

    Such a smart idea! I never understood the baby bullet myself. I actually might make some of these as snacks for my toddlers. Thanks!
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    • Theresa says:

      Yes! My toddlers still eat pureed pears and apples for snacks. It’s delicious, especially now that I can add spices and more flavors.

  11. This is pretty cool, you impressed me😊
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  12. I absolutely love this post! I have one similar and I honestly think that it’s easier to make your own baby food! There are so many benefits and so many ways that it’s more flexible! Love this.

    • Theresa says:

      Sooooooo much more flexible! I also found it easier than trying to buy (and worrying about running out), especially as an expat.

  13. Casey says:

    This is fantastic! I had every intention of doing this for my Pea but just didn’t pull it off!

  14. This is awesome, thanks for sharing your process! I wish I had made more baby food for my little guys!
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  15. Madi says:

    This is seriously impressive! I need to try this for my next baby.

  16. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for sharing! I always spent way too much time making food for my little one.

    • Theresa says:

      It can be reallllllyyyyy time consuming when you’re first getting started. I wrote this in hopes that it’ll help some folks do it faster!

  17. Really nice way of explaining it. Seems super easy the way you do it. I’m going to share this post with a few of my expectant mom friends.

  18. Wow, I will have to remember these tips for when we have our 2nd child! You make it looks super easy and I love that this can be done in less than 2 hours each week. Thanks for sharing.

    • Theresa says:

      Definitely less than two hours per week. Let me know how it goes for you–it’s great to hear how other moms do this.

  19. Lacey says:

    Before I had my little man, I loved the idea of making my own baby food. But then I just felt way too overwhelmed. I think it’s great that you put it out there in a manageable way for moms. We pretty much bypassed purees and went straight to finger food, so it worked out alright but this is a great post.

    • Theresa says:

      You know what? You did what works for you and your kid and that’s what’s important. I think you did the right thing by reducing how bloody overwhelming a new baby can be.

  20. Sherry says:

    Wow! Your steamer is so cool! My tot is beyond needed baby food but I really wish I would have seen this post about 18 months ago. I was definitely struggling during that phase. Best of luck to you and your family!

  21. Tara says:

    You make it sound pretty simple. it even looks good!

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