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Making your own baby food is fun!

I’m a planner. I get stressed out when I don’t have future events taken care of. Anders is 4 and  half months old now and I’m already feeling the pressure to start him on solids! I took the time today to reflect on what I did with Gaia and the easiest way to incorporate my favorite parts of transitioning her from strictly breast milk to trying new “people food.” One thing I remember with my first child is that I hated jarred baby food. It was always easier to just mash up what we were eating for dinner. Feeding my children delicious real food is something I want to keep as part of the whole baby food ordeal. Doing that is even easier now that the new Infantino Fresh Squeezed Station exists!

infantino fresh squeeze station

I was feeling ambitious today so I tackled setting up Anders’s first few weeks of foods using sweet potatoes and peaches.

I baked several sweet potatoes at 375 for an hour. Just wrap those babies up in aluminum foil and set them directly on the rack. The amount of time will vary depending on the size of each potato, and I had to remove one early. To check, use a potholder to gently squeeze each potato. It should feel squishy. Let them cool and then skin them. Because I also plan to give my baby soft foods he can hold onto, I simply mashed my potatoes with a fork. I added a tad bit of cinnamon (because that’s how I like my sweet potatoes) and some breast milk because it looked a little thick.

I did puree the peaches using a small food processor (the fork mashing method wasn’t working at all).

puree textures

I’m going to share a secret about how I get the perfect peeled peaches to puree. It’s really easy, you won’t even believe it! First you fill a pot with enough water to cover your peaches. Then set the pot on the stove to boil. Wash your peaches. When it’s boiling add the peaches to the water for 45 seconds. Set up a large bowl of ice water. Use a spoon to lift the peaches from the boiling water and transfer the peaches to the ice bath.

peach peeling

Let them sit for a minute or two, then take them out and pinch the skin. It should come right off! Then you have gorgeous perfectly naked peaches to pit and puree!

perfectly peeled peaches

Once you have your purees ready to go, using the Fresh Squeeze Station is easy! Simply assemble the pouches to the station, add the puree into the tubes and press down! The sweet potatoes were a bit thick so I had to use a little force, but they went in fine. Don’t pull up and squish down again because then you’ll pull out some food and it’ll go all up on the side of the press and your pouch will be lacking that much more food.

I decided to mix some sweet potatoes and peaches because I think the flavors compliment each other well and my baby will love it!

And look: Anders has some delicious food to start trying out once he reaches 6 months!

infantino pouches

I love the Infantino Fresh Squeeze Station and it’s now on my list of baby shower gifts that no one else will think of. Infantino has a bunch of feeding accessories to compliment it, including a microwave steamer and easy to use spoons that screw right onto the pouches. I also really appreciate that both the station and feeding accessories are priced so even us modest mommies can afford them.

Making your own baby food is smart, fun, and exciting! Next on my list is butternut squash and apples. What will your baby’s first foods be?

 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free on behalf of Infantino for a product review. All opinions are my own. I shall not tell lies!

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Comments

  1. This looks awesome! Definitely something I would love to have for our next one. 🙂

  2. What a neat product. I wish they had these when my kids were little. Making your own baby food is definitely cheaper and healthier than what’s in the store.

  3. Oh I wish I’d had this when my babies were small. I never tried making baby food until my son was almost ready for full solids. This would have given both kids such a better start to nutrition!

  4. You know whats crazy!? I didn’t make my own baby food, but I am learning more about it and I am totally regretting it! This is awesome.

  5. That is awesome! I use reusable pouches but fill them with funnels – it’s pretty time-consuming. This would be so much easier!

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