My little girl is 6 months old and that means she is starting solids! Just like with my oldest baby, I am making most of her baby food because not only is it healthier, it’s also easy. I still purchase and used jarred food for on the go and also for hard to find or off-season produce, and I always choose organic above everything else. Just the other day I was in the baby food aisle at my local baby store and I was a little put off by ingredients in baby food jars: Citric acid, ascorbic acid, and tuna oil (for DHA.) Why are these ingredients necessary, and why are jarred bananas pink? Last I checked, bananas were suppose to be yellow, but of course, we all know bananas turn brown when they are left to open air, so why don’t we just add some “natural” preservatives and feed it to our kids? Doesn’t sound so glamorous after all, does it?
What if we just steamed up some fruits, mashed them up, and fed them to our kids? JUST FRUIT, or JUST VEGGIES. No preservatives. I know what you are thinking: “I don’t have time for this” or “cooking isn’t my thing.” What if I told you that you don’t have to be a good cook, and making your own baby food takes about as much time as it would take you to change a diaper? Well, read on!
Infantino has launched their Fresh Squeezed line. It includes everything you need to make homemade baby food, except for the food, of course! They have some fancy equipment that even my toddler can use, and is very affordable. Let’s start with the Peppy Puree. It is a mini, easy to use food processor. No bells and whistles, but necessary to get the proper consistency for infants. I love that it is small and takes up very little counter space. Plus, I can use it to chop up my onions and parsley when I’m making meatballs!
The next items, and ones that I use almost everyday are the Lil Smush and Lil Smush Bowl. This is perfect for mashing up foods. I use them for bananas, but have also used the Smush set for veggies that I had steamed and needed just a little mashing. I love how the Lil Smush effortlessly grinds up foods and creates a textured puree. For veggies that need a little steaming before you smush them, the Steam and Smush is perfect! You simply fill up the bowl with a little water, insert the steamer basket, places your veggies on the basket, cover, and pop in the microwave. Within minutes you have steamed veggies that are ready to be mashed or pureed!
The next item I know you are going to love! What if I told you that not only can you make your own baby food but also get your homemade baby food into those portable squeeze packages? Well, then you would be using the Squeeze Station! This is going to be one hot item for expecting mamas, I can see it now! In combination with your Steam and Smush, plus your Peppy Puree to get a thin consistency, you can package your own baby food for freezing or on the go! It doesn’t get any better or easier than this!
It’s so easy! After you’ve pureed your baby food, you screw a bag under the container and push the food through. THAT’S IT! Have I made you rethink making your own baby food? Each baggie comes with a screw top, and there are even spoons that you can screw on for on the go feeding. The Fridge and Freezer Sleeve keep all your Fresh Squeezed foods conveniently organized. To learn more about all the Fresh Squeezed items, you can visit Infantino. There is a full product line that you can use all together, or individually. Remember: you don’t have to be a gourmet chef to make healthy baby food!
The Fresh Squeezed line would make the perfect gift for a new mom this holiday season! You can purchase the entire line at Babies “R” Us!