First, I have to share my favorite picture of me and my baby boy! He’s rotten! I love him so much! I thank God for him everyday. He brings so much joy to our lives. He is such a blessing!!

On to baby food…

Making your own baby food is easy. It is time consuming but it is worth it if you’re looking to save money.

For example one 5 lb. bag of sweet potatoes cost about $3.29

One bag makes approx. 67 cubes ….

Callen eats 2 cubes of sweet potatoes a day.

That’s about 60 cubes a month.

It only cost me $3.29 compared to, say, $1.07 for a pack of baby food in the store.

Ok let’s do the math…

1.07 / 2 = .54 a day for one meal (there’s 2 containers in one pack of 2nd foods)

.54 x 30 days = $16.20 in savings

$16.20 x 6 months = $97.20 in savings for 6 months because baby normally starts to eat around 4 or 6 months old.

By making just one meal for your baby can save you about $100.

I’ve made sweet potatoes, peas, carrots and green beans. That’s over $200 in savings by making my own foods. Crazy huh?

I do buy fruit for him. He did not like the banana I smashed up for him. Maybe we will try again later.

Right now Callen eats two cubes of sweet potatoes and half cube of carrots for lunch, and two cubes of peas and half of carrot for dinner. (I’ll mix it up and switch them around.) The night before, I place the frozen cubes in his bowls and put them in the refrigerator, this way the cubes will be defrosted by the time he eats the next day. Easy!

Now, do you want to know how to make your babies food? It’s easy.

I used this website to help me get started. It also tells you what foods your baby can have at what age. Most babies can start eating foods after 4 months. I started Callen on oatmeal first at 4 1/2 months and then gave him foods at 5 months. Every baby is different and every mom does things different. Watch your baby, he will let you know when he’s ready for food!

Sweet Potatoes

  • Peel potatoes and dice into medium chunks
  • Place the potatoes in a large sauce pan
  • Fill with water until just covering the top of the potatoes. You don’t want them floating around too much.
  • Boil until fork tender.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer sweet potatoes in batches to food processor or blender.
    • (If using blender, drain & reserve the liquid and, let the potatoes cool before blending. The heat from the potatoes will force the lid off the blender.)
  • Add juice from pot to thin out the potatoes to the consistency you like.
  • Scoop potatoes out into another bowl. Finish with the rest of the potatoes until all are puréed.
  • Spoon potatoes into ice-cube trays.
  • Cover with plastic wrap.
  • Freeze. – When frozen transfer to plastic freezer bag.
  • And you’re finished!

Peas

  • Place frozen peas in a large sauce pan. (Buy 4 bags at one time saves you time this way)
  • Add water until top of peas.
  • Bring to a slow simmer and simmer until peas are soft.
  • Drain and RESERVE the water for thinning.
  • Transfer peas to food processor (a little at a time if need to)
  • Spoon into ice-cube trays.
  • Cover with plastic wrap.
  • Freeze. – When frozen transfer to plastic freezer bag.
  • And your finished!

Frozen Carrots

  • Use the same directions as peas but do not use the reserve water to thin. Use fresh water to thin out.

Roasted Carrots – at 8 months + 

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Peels and cut carrots at the same length and width. This makes sure that all the carrots will be finished cooking all at the same time.
  • Place carrots on baking sheet.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and same italian seasoning
  • Toss
  • Bake carrots for 12 minutes. Toss and check doneness.
  • Bake for another 10 minutes or until fork tender.
  • Transfer to food processor (a little at a time if need to)
  • Use water or a little olive oil to thin to your desired consistency.
  • Spoon into ice-cube trays.
  • Cover with plastic wrap.
  • Freeze. – When frozen transfer to plastic freezer bag.
  • And your finished!

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comment section below.

Have fun!