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Making homemade baby food is very simple and is beneficial for yourself and your baby. When you make baby food at home you know exactly what you’re feeding your child and you can choose your own fruits, vegetables, and other items for purees. You won’t find melons or avocados in the baby food section at your local grocery store! Making your own baby food is also more economical than buying pre-packaged foods and it allows your baby to get used to eating the same food as the rest of the family, just in puree form. It may be easier to just pick up pre-packaged baby food but making baby food is quick, easy, and healthier for your baby!

Storing baby food after pureed is also very simple. Once you have a nice liquid baby food puree, let them cool if necessary and place into ice cube trays for freezing. Fill each tray as if you are filling them with water and cover with plastic wrap. After frozen you can then place the cubes into freezer bags or Tupperware containers for storage. Once it’s time to feed your baby, simply take out the number of cubes you wish, thaw and reheat. Each cube is approximately 1 ounce of food and the baby food should be used within a month of freezing.

Check out these 7 recipes from Momtastic Wholesome Baby Food.

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1. Apple Pumpkin Puree: This recipe will not only be healthy but yummy as well! Pumpkin and apple are popular ingredients for babies, and they create a sweet taste your child will surely love!

2. Basic Pea Baby Food: Peas are very popular in baby food! Make your own with this great recipe! Also, it’s great to introduce vegetable baby food to your child first. If they are introduced to the sweet fruit flavors first, they will be more hesitant to try the blander veggie versions!

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3. Butternut or Acorn Squash Puree: Squash is so yummy for your little one and has so many health benefits you’ll love! (photo credit here)

4. Mixed Mango Tango: For a sweeter meal, try this mango mix! It’s absolutely delish!

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5. Creamy Banana-Cado: Bananas are one of my favorites, and this recipe is sure to be one of your baby’s as well! (photo credit here)

6. Veggie Eggs & Rice: This nutritional recipe has the health benefits you will love and the taste your baby wants!

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7. Sweet Potato (Yam) Baby Food Puree: This recipe is proof that sweet potatoes are a hit with any age group! (photo credit here)