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Homemade and Natural Baby Food Recipes! {Plus Book Giveaway!}

{Closed! Congrats to Debbie, comment #9}

I know so many of you have babies, and want to make your own baby food, so your kids can have the 9781440528996cvr.inddfreshest and healthiest food possible! That is why I'm so glad to have connected with Tamika! Tamika L. Gardner began crafting homemade baby food when her daughter was born in 2006. She created SimplyBabyFoodRecipes.net to provide resources for moms on a mission to feed their babies the best food.

Tamika just wrote a new cookbook, called 201 Organic Baby Puree's and has agreed to share one of the recipes here!  I've also asked Tamika a few questions as I figured she had some great advice to offer!

Summertime Peach Raspberry Delight

For babies 9 months and older
This charming dessert purée offers a dose of vitamin C and lycopene, which protects cells from damage.
Yield 6-8 servings

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 5 small peaches, peeled,
  • pitted, and chopped

1. Wash raspberries and drain, but do not dry.
2. Transfer moist raspberries and chopped peaches to a blender and purée until smooth
3. Pass purée through a fine-meshed sieve or strainer to remove raspberry seeds.
4. Freeze extra portions for up to eight weekssummertime_peach_raspberry

 

Tamika's interview:

Do you have kids? How old are they? I have a daughter, 5, and a son, 4

Why did you start to make homemade baby food?  I started out breastfeeding, the natural and healthier way of feeding infants, and I wanted to stay on the natural path. The thought of purchasing commercial baby food as a primary feeding method was not appealing to me, at all! Initially, I reluctantly bought a few jars because I didn't know any better. However, I noticed I was over-buying because I would purchase fresh bananas, sweet potatoes and frozen veggies and would purchase the same thing in the jar for my baby. I'm extremely thrifty so I new wouldn't keep that up for long!

I can recall my first experience at the dinner table with my husband and new daughter, eating a meal I prepared and giving her baby food from a jar. I felt really bad that she wasn't eating the same meal that we had in a form that she could eat. There was something totally wrong with that picture.

I did a little online research and found a few sites that explained the basics of putting the food in a blender to puree. Then I spoke with my grandmother who told me all she did was "mash up" the food with her hands or with a fork. That was all I needed to know to start my new mission.

I used the jars I purchased as a guide for the consistency of the food and kept them on hand for emergency back up only. I wanted to feel good about feeding both of my children and I knew making my own baby food would offer a more natural experience. I also found that my grocery budget only went up a few more dollars.

Tell us what a "Puree Party" is, and how we can have one?  I briefly mention having a "Puree Party" in my book as a way to get women together to bond and make healthy purees with a new mom. Some of the objections I hear about making baby purees is that it's time consuming. I haven't found that it takes more time than making a normal family dinner, but each family has a different set of circumstances and time constraints.

When women get together to accomplish something (and with the dad's too!), it creates a positive and healthy experience. So a good way to ensure a stocked freezer of purees is to have some people over to help make them.

Just like a birthday, housewarming or other event, I think everyone should have a Puree Party when the baby turns 6 months as a tradition to celebrate his transition to solids. So I created a few Puree Party printables that are available for free download to have a successful party with all the trimmings and fun. All the details about having a puree party can be found on my website at http://www.simplybabyfoodrecipes.net/p/throw-puree-party.html. I didn't get to have a Puree Party so if you know someone who's having one let me know so I can participate!

I have a sister in law with a new baby who wants to know what the best containers for storing and freezing baby food would be? Any advice for her?    Although there are plenty of gadgets and gizmos on the market now, my favorite, tried and true method for storing and freezing baby food is ice cube trays and freezer bags. Containers actually take up a lot more space and you can get a lot more frozen cubes in a freezer bag. Making baby purees should not cost very much, but when you add up all the gadgets you purchased, you can wind up spending a fortune when you don't have to!

Do you have any tips on introducing new foods to babies?   First and foremost, I would consult the family pediatrician to talk about food allergy risks and your family history, then get assurance to start out on infant cereals around 4 months old. At around 6 months of age, single ingredients can be introduced with about a 4 day window of introducing the next food, just to be able to pinpoint any allergic reactions. Consistently offer a variety of fruits and vegetables, suitable for her age at regular intervals.

I don't recommend feeding bottles, where food is sucked out, because it doesn't teach the child to eat from a spoon, and usually parents introduce solids too early - which can cause other issues.

What age can we start feeding our babies, baby food?  4 months old is a good age to start out on rice cereal. However, babies can hold out until about 6 months old, since breast milk or formula should be their primary source until that time.

What are the first foods babies should be eating?  Primarily fruit and vegetables. Start off with bananas, avocado, apples, pears, peas, sweet potatoes, green beans, and squash to name a few.

What do you like to do for fun?  I enjoy cooking, sewing, graphic design, and playing the games that many people are addicted to on Facebook! I thoroughly enjoy playing with my children and doing creative things with them and for them, such as painting wall murals.

So, check out her website, her Facebook page, and especially her twitter profile, because she's going to be having a TWITTER PARTY on Sunday night!!

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{Closed! Congrats to Debbie!} Tamika and I want to give a book to one Super Healthy Kids reader!!  Simply leave a comment and let us know how old your baby is (or the baby you want this book for) and we'll pick a lucky random winner on Sunday night.

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Comments

01/12/2012 11:38am
I enjoyed making both my girls baby food and now that they are 3 years and 15 months old, I'm sure that's the reason they are such good eaters! I'd love to have this book as a resource for feeding baby number 3! :)
Jessica Lewis
01/12/2012 11:39am
This is perfect timing! I just posted a request on FB asking friends for tips on making your own baby food. My baby is 4 months old so I really need to figure this out. I am open to all advice!!
01/12/2012 11:43am
Hi Shannon and Jessica! That's great news for both of you and I'm glad to hear your making your own baby purees. Please connect with me on Facebook and Twitter, using the links above so that I can stay in touch in hear more about how you are progressing!
Jessica Cooper
01/12/2012 12:10pm
my daughter will be turning 6 months next 3 days and I have been looking all over for good different baby food recipes for her. I have enjoyed making her food thus far I just need more ideas and she sure loves to eat. Thanks for the giveaway.
01/12/2012 12:18pm
I am expecting a baby in June!
Sara
01/12/2012 12:43pm
My best friend has a 2 month old. She is a darling!
alex
01/12/2012 12:46pm
I have a 2 year old and a 4 month old. This book looks awesome!
Reese
01/12/2012 12:54pm
Hi! My baby girl is 2 months old today!! Too young yet for baby food but never too early to start gathering recipes and books. Thanks for this great giveaway!!
Debbie
01/12/2012 12:57pm
I love this blog. My baby is 6 months old and I want to feed her the best. I am learning more and introducing my family to a whole foods way of life. I want to provide the same for my little angel. I would love to have this book!
Kristin
01/12/2012 1:11pm
I made 90% of the baby food for my daughter (now 3) and I am making my 8.5 month old son's baby food too. Now only is it cheaper but I too believe it is a big reason why our 3 yr old is such a good eater.
01/12/2012 1:52pm
My baby is 4 1/2 months. We'll be starting baby food soon! Thanx for yet another great giveaway! :)
Annie
01/12/2012 1:55pm
I have a 2 month old. This was an awesome post, thanks!
Julie
01/12/2012 2:13pm
I made some of my oldest son's baby food when he was little but just never had time to make any for my second son--11 months (excuses, excuses-sad I know)! But am pregnant again and would love to do it for the 3rd. Thanks!!
Jenalyn
01/12/2012 2:15pm
I would love to know how to do this for future kids!
Tamara Geffin
01/12/2012 2:31pm
My son is 19 months. I loved making him homemade baby food and am very excited to do the same for the next one!!
01/12/2012 2:35pm
Sounds wonderful! Our baby is 5 months old and I plan to make our own baby food. We won't start until he's at least 6 months old.
Tonya R.
01/12/2012 3:04pm
I am having my third baby in the beginning of May and would LOVE this book! Thanks for the great posts!
Nicole Rahter
01/12/2012 3:27pm
I have two children, a 10 year old and an 8 month old. I am very conscientious about what I feed my family. Unfortunately this is a new found passion... I wish I would have been better educated about nutrition, organic cooking, and all around healthy living when I gave birth to my first born. Luckily he is an average, healthy weight although I relied on jarred baby food and our improved lifestyle is leading him to a better future. I enjoy making purees for my young daughter but struggle to find good combination recipes that work so I'd love to win a copy of the book!
Becky
01/12/2012 3:52pm
My daughter is 3 and we have a little one on the way in 2 months. I made the majority of my daughters baby food and used the ice cube tray and freezer bag method. Worked great! Would love to have more recipes to work with for baby #2 to continue this wonderful way to nourish our babes!
01/12/2012 6:19pm
I have a super cute nephew that this book would be perfect for!
Danielle K
01/12/2012 7:54pm
I made my own for my first baby, in addition to some commercial. For our baby #2 I would love to do it all homemade and need the guidance for a great book like this!
Melissa
01/12/2012 8:11pm
I have a 5 year old, 2 year old and another on the way for whom I would love this book for!
01/12/2012 8:12pm
You guys have an amazing website with SO many great ideas! I have a 3 yr old and a 5 month old.....I am ready to start feeding my son purees :) I am always looking for new things to try and if I like them (which I am sure I will!!) I will definitely post the book on my blog as well. Take care!
Stephanie
01/12/2012 8:49pm
My son is 4.5 months old and will be starting solids soon. He is my third child and I'm excited to make my own baby food this time around.
01/12/2012 8:54pm
I LOVE this post! It's good to let readers know why homemade baby food is good for babies. I even use the beaba babycook for myself to make homemade applesauce!
Janalyn
01/12/2012 9:54pm
I would love to give this book to my sister who just had her first baby!
carrie
01/12/2012 10:06pm
I have a 7 month old that is just starting to try purees. Found out this week that spinach makes her cry.
Liz
01/12/2012 10:46pm
I tried doing homemade baby food for Hailey but mostly just ended up making sweet potato and butternut squash. This would give me some ideas for more variety for the next baby (whenever that may be). :)
Jessica Greathouse
01/13/2012 4:14am
I would like this biking for my nephew Jake.
Tia
01/13/2012 8:13am
I feel like this post was written just for me! My daughter had her six month appointment this week and we got the green light for pursed green veggies! I am so excited to introduce yummy food to her and would love this book to help me learn how I can do it myself!
Kristine
01/13/2012 10:22am
My baby is 4 months old, this would be perfect timing! Thanks for the giveaway!
Ellen
01/13/2012 11:04am
My baby is almost 11 months old. This would have been so helpful! I would love this book for baby #2!!
Ingrid
01/13/2012 1:22pm
Great giveaway! I would love to win this to get some new ideas for food to make for my eight month old son. :)
01/13/2012 6:56pm
I have a three month old who I would love to have this book for :).
Rilla
01/14/2012 9:50am
My baby girl is arriving any day!
Shautel Walker
01/14/2012 10:04am
My children are 15,6,4, and 3 and I loved making baby food..I know because of it, my kids will try any food that I put in front of them. I want to give this to a friend who is having a baby girl. This is her first baby and I think she would really love this book and so will Suzi Marie (who will share my middle name)
Shelly
01/14/2012 10:40am
I'm expecting a baby in May, and I want to grind his cereals and make his purees when he is ready to start solids. I would love to have this book to start my collection of puree recipes!
Lauren
01/14/2012 1:45pm
What a great resource! My baby boy is 7 months old and already devouring everything I give him. I would love more ideas!
ella
01/15/2012 12:30am
my youngest is turning 2. I am trying really hard to feed my kids healthy. My eldest loved vegt. purees when he was younger. I want all my kids to love fruits and veggies.
Donita Hammond
01/15/2012 5:48am
My baby is 4 days old.
alison
01/15/2012 7:03am
My son is 2 months old!
Karen Rose
01/15/2012 3:40pm
Son 2 1/2 Expecting baby number 2 in July!
01/17/2012 3:55pm
The idea to make your own baby food is brilliant. So healthy too.
02/03/2012 2:54am
I have a 5 year old baby girl, and she loves homemade food cooked by her mother. I hope she would like this one also.
04/09/2012 2:13am
mostly in my home children's homemade food are likes so many types of verities are cooking.This type of food are they are interestingly eating.Thank you providing the this type of food recipes.
07/03/2012 11:45am
What fab idears u have we have an 8 month old grandson and it s hard knowing what to give him this book would be a treat and as regards baby's everything has changed so much since we had our children over 30 odd years ago thank u Eriks
Estela
06/20/2014 11:13pm
I can use a book like this, because I'm helping my daughter-in-law and son watching their one-year-old baby. We went shopping for baby food today and I couldn't believe how much they cost. You could spend a fortune. So I'd like to help out and making baby food to save them money.

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