Monday, January 17, 2011

The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet

In honor of Noah being 10 months old today, let's talk about food!  This kid waited a really long time to decide he was ready to eat and even then I'm not sure he was ready, but I was ready for him to eat.

I tried grinding up various foods I had fed Cory early on, but he was really hesitant with the textures.  Not knowing a whole lot about baby food I resorted to store bought for a couple months.  Now that he's accepting more textures I'm happy to be making my own baby food and saving some money!

Babies don't need nearly as much variety as we do, but feeding him the same three fruits and a couple of veggies gets old for me and I want him to discover new foods.  Where to start?  With this great new book I've had the pleasure of receiving!

The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet is perfect for someone (like me) who needs directions!  It's divided up into chapters based on age and has handy charts showing what foods should be introduced at what age.  Of course you don't have to follow the charts, I didn't exactly, but if you don't know where to start they would be great.

The best part about the book is that it has given me the confidence to buy and cook some foods for Noah that I probably otherwise wouldn't have.  Sweet potatoes, butternut squash, avocado.   It gives basic directions on how to prepare these foods for babies and many of them can be made in batches and frozen.  I don't have the freezer space for that right now, but I wish I did because it would be really handy!

Besides recipes (and as baby gets older there are entire meal recipes) the book has chapters on nutrition and special considerations like allergies.  The book is written in an easy to read and understand format and all the recipes are standard so you know what you're looking at on each page.  Lots of colorful pictures invite you to try new things!

I think this book might be going on my baby shower gift list!

I was provided this book to review through the Family Review Network and Fair Winds Press, but all opinions are my own.

From the back cover:
Food Made with Love Is Food You Can Trust. 
Preparing simple, homemade food in the comfort of your own kitchen is one of the greatest gifts you can give your little one. Not only does it allow you to nourish your child with the most pure and wholesome ingredients, but it also gives you the peace of mind of knowing what has gone into every bite your baby takes.
Full of recipes to suit every age and stage-from six months all the way to twenty-three months-The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet shows you how simple and easy it is to prepare food your baby will go absolutely ga-ga for. From quick purées like Mighty Tasty Blueberry and Pear Mash and No-Cook Prune Purée, to new and nourishing meals like Sweet Omelet Surprise and Finger-Lickin’ Good Lentils and Potato with Cheese, you’ll find it a breeze to prepare any and all of the recipes you and your little one fancy.

And to make things even more easy-peasy, you’ll find each recipe also contains:
-Two methods for preparation-stovetop or microwave-wherever applicable, so you can whip up recipes in whatever time you have. Many microwave options make it possible for meals to be made in less than 10 minutes.
-An easy-to-spot snowflake icon on all recipes suitable for freezing, so you can make baby’s meals at your convenience, or in batches, to save time and money.
-A complete nutritional analysis, so you can be sure you’re giving your child the best possible start.
Make your own super-delicious, super-nutritious homemade baby food today-it’s guaranteed to be the best thing that’s ever crossed the high chair!


  1. It's time for me to start thinking about this again. (That hardly seems possible!) This may be a great resource for me to check out!

  2. Allison5:04 PM

    Very cool, you'll have to loan me your copy (someday!) I learned the other day that microwaving actually preserves more vitamins in veggies than boiling, baking or steaming- maybe the book mentions that? I was really surprised to hear that.

  3. Anonymous3:42 PM

    Great Baby Shower Idea!


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