Jump to content

Ready made meals or make your own?


  • Please log in to reply
18 replies to this topic

#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 RedBob

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.




2 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 2 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Teaching our son to say no to violence against women

Today, on White Ribbon Day - and every other day - we're teaching our son to say no to violence against women.

Mothers told to breastfeed in 'spacious' toilet

If there is one thing the owners of Tillings Cafe can be certain of, it is that the eatery won't win the award for Britain's best baby-friendly coffee shop any time soon.

Mother gives name to son dumped down drain

A woman who admitted to dumping her newborn baby down a Sydney drain has reportedly been allowed to give him a name.

Taking small steps to reduce stress

Are you feeling used up by life's stress, family problems and a demanding job you can't turn off? Many people are way beyond work-life exhaustion. They are functioning as robots.

Bad news: we're running out of chocolate

The world's biggest chocolate-maker says we're running out of chocolate.

Born at 23 weeks, 'Chopstick Baby' survives first week

A baby who was born at 23 weeks has survived her first week of life outside the womb.

Manic stations: the nesting instinct in pregnancy

It might sound like temporary insanity, but almost obsessive nesting as you near your due date isn’t uncommon – even if you’re not usually a particularly clean person.

How a baby can survive alone for days on end

The baby found abandoned in a Sydney drain may have been alone for up to six days without being fed, leaving many asking how he could have survived.

When it begins to look a lot like Christmas

A child's excitement at Christmas time is a beautiful thing, but one dad ponders whether his toddler daughter is getting into the festive mood a bit too soon.

Hospital lets dads the experience some of the pain of childbirth

A new experience is radically altering men's views of childbirth.

Italian doctors questioned over formula bribes

Italian police have placed 12 doctors under house arrest on suspicion of promoting baby milk formula over breastfeeding.

Heartwarming prank gives single mum the house she was hired to clean

Cara Simmons arrived at work to clean a large and beautiful house in time for a party planned for that evening. It was soon hers.

Those special moments of sibling bonding

Every now and then your child does or says something that is truly memorable.

Why we should stop telling new parents to 'enjoy every moment'

A few weeks ago, some dear friends of mine had their first baby. As the proud dad texted me a picture I had to fight the natural instinct to say “Enjoy every moment!”

Baby monitor footage posted online

Footage of Australian babies and children sleeping in their bedrooms are among the images on a Russian site showing live feeds from thousands of homes and businesses around the world.

Did this new dad really hit on his wife's midwife?

Was there really a man who was actually there by his wife’s side as she laboured and gave birth to his child, all while he was making what he perceived to be meaningful eye contact with a midwife?

Keep calm and ignore the Tantrum Trolls

Tantrum Trolls are a small but growing species of predatory bottom-feeders who delight in picking on parents at their most vulnerable.

It's okay to never 'get over' the death of a loved one

The death of children, siblings, and parents has long term impacts on the rest of our lives.

What Mark Latham needs to know about depression and motherhood

Love has nothing to do with mental illness. But love may drive a mother to do something about it.

'We're just trying to keep our child alive': life with FPIES

We have a beautiful seven-month-old son, and his allergy rules our life.

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.

Couple face $1 million medical bill and bankruptcy after babymoon birth

A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.

Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.

Win a family pass to Disney Live!

We have 4 family passes to give away to see Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales, touring Australia this December/January.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Join PADDINGTON on the red carpet!

To celebrate the release of PADDINGTON, we are giving five lucky winners the chance to win a family pass to the exclusive Australian Premiere in Sydney on December 7!

The tragedy of losing a favourite teddy bear

We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naïve when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.

Video: Baby sniffs beardless dad to make sure it's him

She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

It's possible to workout while pregnant

Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.

What parents really want for their kids

Are our hopes, dreams and expectations for our children what they really need?

'I had a feeling something was seriously wrong'

Before even giving birth, Katie Myers' maternal instincts warned her something was wrong with her baby.

When your pregnancy causes a relationship rift

Some dads-to-be don't miss a beat when their partner is pregnant; others struggle with a range of issues and can become withdrawn, right when their support is needed most.

Couple uses group photo trick to announce pregnancy to loved ones

Katharine and Kris Camilli devised a clever trick to immortalise their family and friends' reactions to their exciting pregnancy news.

Why Tracey Spicer has given up make-up

"After 30 years on television, I had become what I despised: a painted doll who spent an hour a day and close to $200 a week putting on a mask."

Knowing you are one of the lucky ones

I am secure, confident and strong, but the responsibility of protecting my children can almost bring me undone.

Why I am so emotional now I have kids?

There are so many ways in which parenthood changes us as women, but one of the most noticeable, for me, has been the changing state of my emotions.

Baby survives despite sharing womb with 'foreign body'

Baby Maia was conceived against the odds, only to find she was sharing a womb with an ominous "foreign body".

Video: Baby shows dog how to jump - or vice versa

They say dog is man's best friend, but this playful pooch seems to have chosen a jumping baby as her number one buddy.

10 ways to soothe a crying baby

New paernts can get frustrated when their newborn gets fussy and can't settle down. When you're feeling overwhelmed, try some of these simple tips to help soothe your baby.

20 baby names that are becoming more popular every year

The data-lovers at nameberry.com have been at it again – this time, they’ve discovered the names that are continually rising up the ranks, ready to take out some top spots in the next few years.

10 great meals to make for new parents

Ideally, you want to give food that isn’t expensive to make, isn't too difficult to create, and freezes well; stews, bakes, soups and pasta sauces are perfect.

Weird pregnancy products

Some pregnancy products come to market and are just awesome. Others just leave you scratching your head.

Carers admit to force-feeding children

Two children who were given to the wrong families at birth will soon learn if they will be returned to their biological parents.

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.