Making Babyfood Tip

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As McKenna has gotten older, I have come to realize a great little tip for making babyfood in mass quantities.

If you are making babyfood for 2-3 months (or more), my tip is to not thin it much when you make it initially. I discovered this accidentally. I made some food that I just didn’t add much water to (carrots). It was smooth, but thick. When she was younger, I would add water to get it as thin as she needed it. As she got older, however, I would add less and less water until I didn’t add any.

As they grow, their consistency needs change. If you make it thicker, you can always add water when you serve it, but you can’t take the water out. So, if you are making a large batch, try not adding much water so the food can “grow” with your baby.


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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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  1. Snuzi
    December 24, 2009 / 4:05 AM

    Great tip! I made way too much last time I fixed several batches for my son. He is one now and finishing off some broccoli, spinach and peas.

  2. Shawn
    December 25, 2009 / 4:35 AM

    When mine comes out too thin I just add some oatmeal to it…this will make it thicker. Just a tip : )

  3. amy
    December 27, 2009 / 7:22 PM

    I have read to only use commercialy prepared spinach in under 1 mos old babies,

  4. amy
    December 27, 2009 / 7:23 PM

    I meant under 12 months! also true for carrots.

  5. Rachel Stella
    January 5, 2010 / 3:42 AM

    I usually added a little rice cereal to thicken stuff up if needed although I'm sure oatmeal would do the same thing. I guess it depends what your baby likes.I think the problem with carrots (and probably spinach) is the nitrates which is why they are suppose to be given later when homemade. I thought it was something like 8 or 10 months rather than 12 but I can't remember exactly. Just kidding. I just looked this up on and it says otherwise:

  6. Plowmanators
    January 11, 2010 / 6:37 PM

    Thanks gals about the cereal using to thicken. That is a good tip.

  7. Plowmanators
    January 11, 2010 / 6:40 PM

    Thanks Rachel, according to Super Baby Food, nitrates are the problem. Commercial baby food makers can test soil and know if nitrate levels are safe or not. When you buy carrots or spinach, you have no way of knowing. It can supposedly cause anemia in babies younger than 7 months old.Some readers have shared otherwise on previos posts (it was either on making babyfood posts or baby summary posts). Do your research and decide what you are comfortable with.

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