2 Reaons Why I Make My Own Baby Food (And A Yummy Free Recipe!)

I know there are lots of good reasons to make your own baby food.  I’d like to share with you my two favorite reasons:

One, I like to cook.

Two, it is WAY cheaper than buying it at the store.

Organic is not a big deal to me, but saving a dollar or two sure is. From a one dollar bag of frozen green beans I was able to make 10 – 2 oz jars of puree!  When I saw that one jar can cost at least that, I was pretty impressed.

Organic is however important to my friend Rachel whom has quite the cutie who also just happens to have Down syndrome. We met through our local down syndrome support group and it has been great going on this adventure together.

She has two great blogs, one about her kiddos and the other about making your own baby food. This is where I have gotten all of my recipes and figured out what food to offer and when. I have the page bookmarked and have been working my way through all the choices.

I have been using some cheap individual baby food containers, and they have worked great.  I like that they are individual and not the ice tray version as I can get it out, thaw it and then use it to feed from.  She told me about getting the glass mason jars at the store with the plastic tops, but I haven’t gotten those yet.

Today we tried blueberries.

Blueberry – Basic Puree

Stage 3 (8-10) months+


1/2 pint of blueberries (fresh or frozen)

4 c. water


Bring water to a boil. Add blueberries and simmer for 15 minutes until soft.

Reserve liquid and use a slotted spoon to transfer blueberries to blender/processor/mixer and puree.

If needed, add some of the liquid to blueberries.

Add cereal (if desired) to thicken up

*You can save the liquid to serve as juice or to blend in with cereals etc..

Pretty easy right? That’s what I thought. We only got about two servings of blueberries out of my stash. I was trying to use up what I had left in the fridge before it spoiled. I have found that I get my dollars worth more from vegetables than fruits just due to water content. I am waiting for October to try pumpkin 🙂 Imagine how many jars I could get from that…

Did you make your own baby food? If so, what was your favorite to make? (Feel free to share any of your favorite recipes in the comments!)

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  1. Thanks for sharing and for the link to your friend’s blog. We can’t wait to start making food for Lilah in a couple months. Take care!

  2. I just wanted to say thank you for all your info on these blogs! I am new to all of this, my son is 14 weeks old and has Downs. It gives me a lot of smile seeing Noah and some of the things I can look forward to in the future. Thanks!

    • Jamie,

      Congratulations on your baby boy!!! I know it can seem overwhelming at first, but I assure you things calm down.

      How is your son’s heart? (I know that can be one of the concerns at first.)

      How are you guys doing…is there anything we can help you with, or any questions you have so far? (Im’ sure you have a ton.) 🙂

      We are glad to be on this journey with you.

  3. Hi, I am taking part in the “31 for 21” blog challenge this month. You can read more about it at http://unringingthebell.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/09/the-5th-annual-31-for-21-challenge.html

    So I am planning to write something about Down syndrome daily on my (craft) blog to raise awareness, to ‘celebrate’ Down syndrome awareness month.

    Some time this month I would like to link to your blog, and specifically the post where you write about the fears that never came true. Just checking to see if you’re OK with that. If possible, I’d like to use a picture, too, maybe the banner on top of your blog, but I would like to have your permission to do so prior to that.

    Thank you,

    • Hey! I’m so sorry I’m just now getting to this comment. I’m not sure what happened…I normally try to replay pretty quick.

      You certainly can link to our blog…thanks for asking. If you weren’t able to do it last month, feel free to do it this one. 🙂

      How are you guys doing?

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