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I decided, for many reasons, that I am going to make Oliver's baby food at home. It is cheaper, fun, and gives me peace of mind when I know exactly what he is eating.
For my birthday, I got the Baby Brezza All-in-one Baby Food Processor, and I am telling you it is absolutely fantastic. I spend about 2 minutes actually doing any work and I get perfect baby food.
I want to give a quick tutorial for the Baby Brezza, and then I will talk about what I put into his food.
Using the Brezza is a 4 step process.
1. Add water to the steam compartment
2. Cut up the food you are using and dump it in the bowl.
3. Select the amount of time you want to steam your food (this makes the food mushy so it can be pureed).
I'm not kidding, it is that easy. Today I made carrots for the first time. I set the Steam + Blend cycle for 25 minutes and went to take care of the baby. After 25 minutes of steaming, the blender started automatically for 30 seconds and then turned off.
When it was finished, I added 3 ounces of breastmilk and 1 Tablespoon of baby oatmeal cereal (we use Beech-nut), held the bled button for another 20 seconds, and done. Perfectly pureed baby food. You can make food with meat, potatoes, add yogurt, or applesauce, etc. It will turn almost anything into baby food.
This thing must cost a fortune, right? Nope, it was about $80. There are baby food processors out there upwards of $300 that do the same thing. There are also some cheeper, but those don't steam the food for you as well.
So far, we have tried Bananas, Sweet Potato, and Carrots.
Each time I used 3 ounces of pumped milk, 1 Tablespoon of cereal, and the fruit or vegetable.
Bananas- 1 whole banana
Sweet Potato- 1 medium potato
Carrots- 2 medium carrots or 1 small bag of baby carrots
When he gets older I will make more food at a time, but he doesn't need much now. Right now, I fill the container about half way. These amounts make approximately 1 1/2 cups of baby food. I have been freezing 1 cup of it in 2 half cup containers and put the leftovers in the refrigerator in Nuk baby food cups.
At 4 months, This lasts him about 8-10 feedings.
If you consider that 10 jars of baby food (using beechnut Sweet Potatoe for reference) are $6, and 1 sweet potato (10 feedings) is $1, you will quickly make a return on your investment of the Baby Brezza.
* I have no idea why I wrote apple on the picture below! Apple AKA bananas.
Clearly the kid likes it! he knocked over the bowl of carrots so we just let him go at it.
For older kids, you can buy reusable squeezy pouches and fill them with homemade concoctions.
Do you make baby food at home?
Do you have a favorite store bought brand that we might want to keep on hand?
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