Ok, you are all ready to feed your baby healthy, homemade foods. But, you’re a parent and super busy! No worries. This post has your back with some fast homemade baby food weekly meal prep tips. Prep once a week and you’re done!
Laura Beth, of A Step In The Journey, says that she makes her baby’s food for three reasons:
1. I have the time 2. It’s inexpensive 3. I know exactly what she is getting
Sounds like great reasons to me! Here’s how to make the process go a bit easier and faster…
Homemade Baby Food Weekly Prep Tips
- Wash Everything
- Start with foods that can be eaten as is. Just mash with a fork and store. We’ll get to storage options in a bit! Avocados and bananas are examples of great “as is” foods. (Hint you can also freeze bananas and avocados as purees. See below.)
- Preheat stove or oven and start cooking everything that needs it. Potatoes, squash, green beans, apples, etc. Use multiple pans to cook all at once if you can manage it.
- Puree cooked items when done with the cooking. You can puree items separately or combine certain ingredients for flavorful food.
If you are seeking some new flavor combos, be sure to check out Pop Sugar’s Post: 20 Baby Food Purees That Are Anything But Boring
Cantaloupe Cream anyone!
Now, on to freezing purees to save for later in the week!
The Frozen Pureed Baby Food table below is established from our own experience with freezing homemade baby food; we did a lot of it having to feed twins. You may have better, or worse, luck with freezing your homemade baby food cubes.
Homemade Baby Food is most easily stored in your freezer. It is best to keep the cubes as far into the freezer as possible.
For the foods you want to store in the fridge, The Diva Dish suggests,
Small storage containers with air tight lids (I used the ones above, they were the cheapest I could find @ 3 dollars for 8 containers!)
If you are concerned about using plastic, you can always find small glass jars.
Did you know…
You can even can baby food!
Pick Your Own has a list of the homemade baby foods that you can safely can- Home Canning Baby Food: Making and Canning Healthy Baby Foods at Home
Don’t forget to check out the Nutritious Kids Baby Food section for more on feeding your baby!