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#1 karlah

Posted 04 May 2012 - 09:27 PM

Over the past few years there has been controversy over ready made baby food jars containing things they shouldn't etc but has this put anyone off? I have to admit I was working full time when my boys were tiny so it was a form of massive convenience for me. I made the effort of choosing organic. Nonetheless it has left me feeling a little guilty that I should have made my own!

#2 ubermum

Posted 04 May 2012 - 09:32 PM

I have always made my own. I have occasionally used the odd pre made babyfood, but my kids didn't really like it. Who could blame them? When we were going somewhere and I wanted to take a hot meal for them that didn't require refrigeration or care, a can of no added salt baked beans was my fall back option.

#3 loola

Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:33 PM

I have only made my own baby food, only thing I bought was Farex for the first while. I thought it was going to be a crapload of effort, but it was pretty straight forward, doing it on a Weekend, freezing a heap and I could be set for a couple of weeks. If I go anywhere and will need to give him solids, I got a baby flask thing (which I will easily be able yo use whenever I go back to work for lunches) which keeps his food hot or yoghurt and fruit puree cold. Bob's your uncle.

#4 frogsong

Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:50 PM

I always made my own.  It was easy to cook up a batch of mixed vegetables, mash together in different combinations and freeze in small containers.  So quick and easy to use and no screaming baby waiting for food to be cooked.

#5 caesie'n'linc

Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:56 PM

I always made my own original.gif
I simply cooked a bit extra with each nights meal and kept it in the fridge ready for bubs dinner/lunch the following day.
Occasionally I would freeze a couple of containers of meals if I knew i had a busy week coming up, but generally I didn't bother.

Jars of baby food taste pretty bland compared to home cooked...some of the organic stuff was ok, but still not the same flavor as fresh.

#6 Ice Queen

Posted 04 May 2012 - 11:01 PM

Generally made my own and froze in small containers.  I worked 1 day and had a babysitter and her job each week was to cook up and puree a big batch of food when bub slept.  Was brilliant.

I had no qualms in using Jars when we travelled or needed something on the go.  Most she didnt like but i had a few no-fails that i knew she liked.

#7 Ice Queen

Posted 04 May 2012 - 11:01 PM

Generally made my own and froze in small containers.  I worked 1 day and had a babysitter and her job each week was to cook up and puree a big batch of food when bub slept.  Was brilliant.

I had no qualms in using Jars when we travelled or needed something on the go.  Most she didnt like but i had a few no-fails that i knew she liked.

#8 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:00 PM

I mostly make my own.  Main reason is that I have to eat some to get DS to, and I can't stand the taste of jar food

I freeze it in ice cube trays, and then store in ziplock bags.

#9 eachschoolholidays

Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:07 PM

I have always used a combination of both.

I tend to make a big batch of, say, mashed sweet potato.  Put it into ice cube trays and then freeze it.  Once frozen, I pop them out and out them into zip lock bags.  When meal time arrives I would just pick a couple of different veges and the put them in the microwave.

Once they are a bit older, I will make a batch of vege risotto, vege pasta etc and put it into small container in the freezer.  Then it was just a matter of defrosting.

I always gave them a bag or Raffertys once or twice a week so that they would eat it in an emergency eg we got caught at the shops etc

#10 BobBottersnike

Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:10 PM

I always made my own and both DH and I worked full time when DD was a baby. I found it easy to put a variety of veg into a steamer to cook, and then puree and put into ice cube trays.  Later on I'd steam chicken or make savoury mince or bolgnaise. Risoni is useful too.

The first time she had any packaged baby food was aged 2 when a flight attendant gave her a custard one as as treat when we were flying to Europe.

She wasn't a fan.

Edited by WooBob!, 05 May 2012 - 08:13 PM.


#11 livvie7586

Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:12 PM

QUOTE (karlah @ 04/05/2012, 09:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Over the past few years there has been controversy over ready made baby food jars containing things they shouldn't etc but has this put anyone off? I have to admit I was working full time when my boys were tiny so it was a form of massive convenience for me. I made the effort of choosing organic. Nonetheless it has left me feeling a little guilty that I should have made my own!


i fed mine jars and didn't even have the excuse of working.

DS would not touch homemade, and then started dropping right off the charts, so it was a case of getting him to eat whatever we could.  DD i was in the habit of buying jars for DS, so just continued the same way.

if we ever have a third i'll probably try to make my own, but i would never feel guilty for feeding my child a jar of baby food

#12 vitaechel

Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:15 PM

I also made my own and froze it. But I also had a few organic "just in case" back ups as DS got older. I don't think it's something to feel guilty about. I think we, as parents, do the best we can in our own given circumstances.

#13 FeralPerthFembo

Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:16 PM

We did blw but I was pretty excited to discover the rafferty's meal pouches when dd was about 8 months. We go away about 2 weekends a month and they have been so handy for those times.

I'm really not worried about a little commercial food when I know the other 80-90% of of meals are heathy

#14 skylark

Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:18 PM

Made my own. I don't think he ever had anything out of a packet, although I used to curse the fact that he wouldn't eat avocado or banana, since they were such easy to transport instant meal options. I did do only organic for his first foods/tastings of each vegetable. I found that organic veges from our local organic supplier were more flavoursome, so I wanted his first tastes of everything to be the best possible. It wasn't economically viable for us to continue with all organic beyond that, but I do think it gave him a great start. It was a simple equation for me, because we eat little packaged and processed food in our household, so it didn't make any sense to me to feed my child those foods. If your lifestyle and household diet is based around a larger proportion of packaged or processed foods, then it makes more sense to me to use pre-made baby foods.

#15 TheGreenSheep

Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:21 PM

I did a mix of both.

#16 neddyteddy

Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:30 PM

I made most of the 'baby food' I do batches and freeze it. She won't eat many of the commercial options and the ones she does like have apple as the main ingredient so they are not exactly nutrition packed! I don't like the idea that things are heated to such high temps that they loose their nutritional value...

#17 bjk76

Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:03 PM

DS (13 months) has never had any packaged meals/pouches - like PPs I just cooked up some vegies/pasta sauce, pureed and froze. In terms of processed foods, he's had baby cereals, although went off them for a few months, bread, rice cakes (Aldi's don't have any additives), cheese and salt-reduced baked beans. I try to avoid too much commercially produced food as like a PP, I want DS to develop a taste for the real thing.

#18 Majeix

Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:08 PM

I always made my own. My first daughter only ate pures for a few days before insiting on finger food only so i used to rest of the frozen pured vegetables as a spread for her. Pumpkin etc spread on bread etc. Dd2 did baby led weaning so we just cooked and froze vegetable sticks etc so it was just as easy too make our own. original.gif

#19 Lokum

Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:28 PM

We didn't use commercial baby food at all

But I didn't exactly 'make' baby food. We did BLW so we just gave him food - simple ingredients simply cooked at the beginning (like rissoles or chops and single vegetables.) Then later more complex things like spag bol, chicken ristto, caseeroles etc.  But not pureed pasta... that makes me gag to think about. (Mind you, I have got shocking m/s and gag about most things!)

We never really pureed anything, except hummus and lentil soup - but that's what we were having anyway!

If I did already use commercial food in the past, I certainly wouldn't feel guilty about it. Unless it was because I was drunk? Gambling? Out partying and couldn't be bothered?

But if it was a decision based on convenience/taste/seemed like a good idea.... then who cares? I'm sure the children are fine now, so it's really of no great significance.




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