How can I make my own baby food? Solids

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Making your own baby food can save you money -- and help you feed baby healthfully. It's easier than you may think! Here, some expert- and mom-approved tips for DIYing baby's food.

Simply Puree It

"Store-bought baby food is just pureed for you. You can puree any food for your baby. If you make your own, you can be a little more sure what is in it before you feed it to your child." -- Brian Orr, MD, Brian Orr Pediatrics, Gloucester, MA

Boil or Bake It

"After choosing, for example, which vegetable you would like to prepare, you simply either boil or bake it. Once cooked, it can be blended into a puree using the water in which it was cooked to an appropriate consistency. Portion containers for baby foods can be purchased in the store." -- Gary M. Kramer, MD, pediatric specialist, Coral Gables, FL

Blend and Freeze Fruits and Veggies

"I cook and puree an assortment of fruits and veggies with my food processor and then freeze them in ice cube trays. Then I store the cubes in individually labeled freezer bags. As the baby gets older, I make different mixtures, adding beans or shredded meats, or cooked short grain rice, quinoa, or couscous to add texture."

Steam Before Pureeing

"Steaming is a nutritious way to cook baby's [food]. You can buy fresh fruit and veggies or frozen -- never canned, since it can contain salt. Blenders work just as well as other baby food devices. You can use the run-off juices from steaming or water to thin the purees."

Try Sweet Potatoes

"Pop one sweet potato in the microwave and push the 'potato' button. Scoop a little out, fork mash it, and you are done."

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