The other day a friend of mine was making her registry for her first baby.
Since I was the first of my friends to become a mom and I’m constantly blogging about the latest and greatest baby gear, I am always the one to hold their hands through Target while they scan away. Sorry husband (or actually you are welcome) this is my territory. We got to the aisle with bottles and baby food when she blew my mind. She told me that she had no intentions of making her own baby food, that it was going to be too big of a pain. Okay okay, I’m a little odd but making Noelle’s food was so much fun for me. To me, the kitchen is always been home, so much so that I’m starting a series of 365 days of home cooked meals ( like I said I’m a tad odd), but I was so excited to be able to do it again for Lennon. After I listed off my reasons and showed her that Babycook she quickly changed her mind and I know you will too!
The 3 biggest misconceptions of homemade baby food.
- Too time-consuming. False! I set aside an hour a week to make all of Lennon’s food for the entire week. It’s usually when I get done grocery shopping on Sunday’s and I’m already in the kitchen making Sunday dinner. The Babycook makes it a quick and painless task I can easily check off my list!
- Only crunchy moms do this. Okay, 1st stop labeling each other unless you are going to refer to us all as exhausted hot messes. If I were to be labeled though crunchy sure wouldn’t be it. Working moms, stay at home moms, crunchy, helicopter, train wrecks (me)….no matter how you identify yourself you can easily make baby food without any side eyes from another mom.
- It makes one more mess that you don’t have time to clean up. Again FALSE! I mean maybe if you aren’t using a Babycook this could be true, so take my advice and get one.
So why do I, the mom who can’t function without 10 cups of coffee, make my own baby food?
There is the obvious reason, it’s healthier. I get to pick and choose what goes into my kid’s food. I can buy organic and don’t have to worry about things being added in to preserve it. That is a huge part…but there is an even bigger reason. I, Brittany McGee, am cheap. Making Lennon’s food costs me a fraction of what I would spend on baby food at the grocery store. Plus everything I am making her I am already buying for the rest of the family, so in my mind, it’s pretty much free.
So just how easy is this? Super easy, like 3 step easy.
First, you need to cut up your food. Today we made sweet potatoes, so I just had to peel and chop. Took me all of 3 minutes to do 4 big potatoes. Side note: why in the world are sweet potatoes so hard to peel? Am I missing a trick? If I am please comment and tell me.
Next, you fill the container with water. There is a marking of 1,2 or 3 on the bowl, for hard foods you go with 3. Then you just pour it right into the Babycook and hit the steam button. It will automatically start steaming your food for you!
Next, you just dump it all into the blender bowl and puree it! The water from steaming it will mix in creating a nice consistency for you! You can decide how much or how little to puree it too depending on your child’s age!
Boom! Done! I told you it was easy. I typically fill ice cube trays and freeze them. Then once they are hard to pop them out and place in baggies in the fridge. If you plan on doing it weekly, though, you can just store it right in your fridge! Lennon eats sweet potatoes faster than I can make them so these babies are going right in our fridge.
See I told you, it was not hard at all!
It took me 10 minutes to make enough sweet potatoes for the entire week. I also dirtied three dishes. Now this is something any mom can get behind!