Making and freezing baby food is far easier then you probably imagined, and the food you produce is far, far better for your baby than buying the vastly inferior stuff they sell on store shelves.
The first foods for babies
If your baby is just ready to start eating solids, start with 1 or 2 tablespoons of steamed or baked vegetables daily.
Recipe for freezing vegetables
Recipe for Freezing Baby Food from Leftovers
For the next type of food to introduce, use small quantities of your normal table food. An example would be baked sweet potato. See a schedule for introducing foods to baby.
Microwaving damages the nutritional value of foods much more than regular heating on stove-top.
Observe the baby’s reactions
After giving a new food, always wait a day or two before introducing another new food so you have opportunity to observe if the food is tolerated. This is the way we test for food allergies and food sensitivities in babies.
Selecting food for your baby
From about 6 months, the focus is on introducing low allergy and easy to digest foods. If you’re breastfeeding, there’s no need to rush at this point. Breast milk is fine as the entire diet until the baby is nine to twelve months old.
People who feed a newly eating baby should follow the child’s lead, learning to recognize their signals. Interpret resistance to a food is a sign it’s not time yet for that food.
Once a food is accepted and you know it’s tolerated, just feed the baby what the family is having, as long as it has already been introduced to the baby. You can spice and season the food just as you would for yourself, as long as the baby wants and tolerates it.
Baby’s food should be fresh, ideally local, organic and for animal products, pastured and grass-fed. Organic food eliminates many poisons commonly included in growing and processing foods, as well as dangerous and untested GMO foods. Pastured and grass-fed animals (and eggs) eat a better diet and are healthier food with better fats. And local, small farms tend to be much cleaner and more careful sources of food than the factory farms producing most food these days.
Jarred, boxed, canned or otherwise packaged food is of low nutrient value, devitalized, old and processed. Just as you would not make a regular habit of eating packaged foods for yourself, your baby should not be fed such things.
The abundance of packaged “baby foods”, even in natural food markets, is merely a device to increase food companies profits. These foods are NOT nutritious. Avoid them.
You can also view a video on making and freezing baby food.