In the cabin, we’re all about finding ways to save space and money. And making our own baby food is one of those! Plus, it gives me a certain amount of confidence knowing exactly what goes into our baby’s food.
Starting your little one on solids can be intimidating. It’s hard to know where to start or what you need.
This is the list that I wish I had when we got started! It covers the basics — all tried and true items that you’ll actually need and use.
Here’s the 5 Essentials to Make Your Own Baby Food:
The top essential to make your own food is a blender or food processor. You’ll puree all of your baby food in this, so it should have a substantial capacity.
In this case, I’m recommending the food processor that we have (Beaba Baycook). This one is specifically designed for baby food. BUT, please note: you don’t need one that’s specifically for baby food and it doesn’t have to be expensive. It only needs to be able to smoothly blend your purees!
Once you make your own baby food, you’ll need a way to safely store it. And there’s a million options for this!
I recommend the OXO Tots Glass Baby Blocks storage system. This is my go-to because they’re a good size and made of glass. Glass can safely transition from freezer to microwave or oven.
But it’s important to find a storage system that works for you! There are glass and plastic containers and pouches in every variety.
This is important to mention — ice cube trays can also work as an essential to making your own baby food! Freeze some meals for your little one ahead of time by storing them in an ice cube tray. This is a great storage solution: super easy to use and perfectly portioned.
Simply spoon your baby food into the ice cube tray after you make it, and then slide it into a ziplock bag to cover it.
There’s also a number of baby-designed ice cube trays available, like the one above. This takes the ice cube tray concept and adds a lid.
For when you only need to make a small batch of baby food, or a single serving, a stick blender is great to have on hand.
This will easily mash the food you need, without much prep work or clean up. I recommend getting one of these in addition to your main blender/food processor for times when you need to make a quick meal.
Also, it’s handy if you want to have your baby try a new flavor, without having to make a full batch of it.
This is an essential that I wish I would have thought of sooner! Some of the foods that you’ll want to feed your baby (harder fruits and vegetables) will need to be steamed before you can blend them.
Steam them up in this basket to get them nice and soft:
And that’s it! Did you already have any of these items on hand? The essentials to make your own baby food are not complex, but it can be tricky to figure out what you need!
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