This Mom Makes Her Own Baby Food

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Homemade baby food in pouches

Have little ones at home? Try this!

Hip2Save reader, Mackenzie, makes her own baby food that is frugal and healthy!

“As a working mom of two littles, saving money is a must! My kids are 2 years and 8 months and I have 2 jobs as a hospital nurse and nurse educator. I have found that making my own baby food is not excessively time consuming, but is frugal.

The recipe pictured is apricot, pumpkin, butternut squash, and yogurt. This delicious, vitamin packed pouch is a hit with both of my kids. Not to mention they cost about 70 cents a pouch. Win-win!

Another favorite is spinach applesauce. Just puree spinach and mix with your homemade applesauce. Seriously, try it! It sounds crazy, but it is iron packed and yummy. Happy Hip2Saving from West Virginia, y’all!”

How awesome is that?!

Thank you, Mackenzie, for sharing your healthy baby food-making ideas with us!


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Comments 14

  1. Elizabeth M.

    Yes! I did that for all three babies:-). Organic produce, steamed and put through a food mill. Now they fancier stuff but it worked and I felt good about what my littles ate. Now that they’re teens it a while other ballgame, but at least they still like veggies, lol

  2. Anna

    We do that- it’s the only way I can get my toddler to eat his veggies

  3. candace

    Best advice before you try to boil apples for applesauce and inevitably screw it up. Peel and core apples and put in the crockpot. Doesnt need anything else in there (they steam basically). 1/2 crock for 2 hours on high or whole crock 4 hours on high. Blend with mixer or use potato masher if making it more chunky.

  4. Mackenzie

    This is me!!!! Yay!!!!

  5. Susan

    These containers didn’t exist when I had a little one. They look reusable. How easy or hard are the containers to clean? Thanks!

    • Mackenzie

      These are not reusable. Reusable ones exist, but I worried about mold growing from moisture. Buying these, even though they are disposable, is still cheaper than store bought.

      • Lauren

        These pop up all the time on Facebook marketplace. So many people intend to do this and then never do and sell the pouches/machine. Makes it even cheaper!

    • Emily

      We use the reusable ones and love them! I rinse them really good then pop them in the dishwasher, and stand them on a bottle drying rack to dry. Love the cost savings, and not wasting so much plastic.

  6. Klp

    I loved making my son baby food but when I could get organic pouches at Aldi for 0.79 each, it was hard to spend the time and going through the work. I commend those that do!

    • Amanda

      I agree!

    • Lora

      Every few weeks, my local grocery store has organic pouches on sale for 0.90 so I try to stock up.

  7. Gigi

    My husband did this for our kids when they were babies with a Magic Bullet. He made them some serious gourmet food!

    • Gigi

      But he didn’t put it in pouches.

  8. Jenna

    I highly recommend investing in a set of reusable baby food jars. While these are nice to have in a pinch, they are still extremely wasteful and most cannot be reused.

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