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Momfession: I Don’t Make My Own Baby Food

By emily |

Alternate title: I feed my baby prepackaged pureed food.


The thing is, I really do want to make homemade baby food for Paul. And I do take his nutrition extremely seriously. I really do, promise.

But I tell you what, life has really been kicking me in the butt lately. And unfortunately, my goals of homemade baby food have been put on the back-burner.

But why do I feel so guilty about admitting this? I shouldn’t feed so ashamed.

I am still a good mom if I don’t make my own baby food, right?

I think I’ve reached a point where I need to do a little picking and choosing about how I spend my day. Evaluate the things I’m going to go the extra mile with, and the tasks I’m willing forgo doing myself, and succumb to the convenient route.

I cloth diaper. I breastfeed. I do fun things throughout the day with all four of my kids, and I work from home. I love my kids fiercely, and I’m doing the best I can. If the best I can do is feed baby Paul store processed baby food, so be it.

Maybe someday soon, when the big kids go back to school and life slows down a bit, possibly homemade baby food will be something I attempt.

But right now, I’m in a parenting survival mode.

Paul will be just fine, I’m sure of it. And so will my big kids.

Because you know what? We had fast food for dinner last night. *DOUBLE GASP*

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Emily Elling is a corporate interior designer and freelance writer. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and four unintentionally hilarious children. Emily also blogs at her personal blog, DesignHER Momma. Read bio and latest posts → Read emily's latest posts →

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7 thoughts on “Momfession: I Don’t Make My Own Baby Food

  1. Meagan says:

    I think the notion that good moms make baby food is a little antiquated and comes from a time when baby food was significantly grosser. Have you read the ingredients on your baby food? It’s every bit as healthy as anything I could make my son. And pretty tasty too. Just look out for added sugar in things like puffs and yogurt drops, and other prepackaged finger foods. And now that my son is a toddler I’m finding that I’d rather make his food than use the lovely organic toddler meals, because they don’t seem to provide enough vegetables.

  2. Katie says:

    You do what you can–I’m Paul would rather have some cuddle time with mommy than sit in a bouncer while you coo “just one more minute…” while you’re trying to get cubes of pureed peas into the freezer. Not that that happened here a couple of days ago or anything :)

  3. sarahh says:

    Actually, with some foods like carrots and spinach, it’s safer to use store-bought baby food because of the nitrate content. Big companies can screen out the nitrates we can’t tell is in the foods. Otherwise, there are so many organic, no-addative foods out there now that unless you have the time it’s just as good to feed your baby store-bought baby foods. They have some pretty tasty sounding combos out there! No guilt, please – there are enough things in life to worry about, especially with 4 kids, so why look for more? You’re doing great.

  4. Katrina says:

    I also feed my baby store bought baby food. I threw in the towel when I searched the grocery store high and low for organic peas, but there were none to be found. Sure enough, there was organic pea baby food. And organic green bean, organic mango, organic prune, even organic meat blends. AND it was cheap as hell. I might still make her the odd special dish (tomorrow we’re having pasta stars with pureed tomato, cauliflower and cheese!), but for the most part her food comes from a jar. I’m over it.

  5. Amybamy says:

    I’ve gotta say, I made my babies pureed food. I had an expensive baby-bullet system and everything, and I wish I’d just gone with store bought. I mean, she ate purees for about 7 weeks before moving on to real (cut-up) table food. So, for 7 weeks, I steamed, baked, blended, divided, froze, thawed, and fed. And now the whole baby-bullet system is collecting dust in a spare room. It was a shower gift that I didn’t expect, so I felt obligated to use the thing. I think with my next baby, I’ll probably just feed the quality store-bought stuff instead.

  6. Penny Imes says:

    Straight to the point and well written! Why can’t everyone else be like this?

  7. Louise says:

    I have received some judgey looks about not making my own food. I really don’t sweat it. I work full time, so I would rather spend the time I have with my child playing with him, not sweating over purees. There are a lot of of great organic baby food lines. I take advantage of all of them. They taste awesome.

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