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MommyMuffin 05:07 PM 03-13-2011
Parents,

I was excited to start making all my baby food homemade. So far I have gotten mixed reviews from my daycare parents. Just wondering what your thoughts on the topic are? Good, bad...

A daycare provider
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jen 07:01 AM 03-14-2011
I think it depends...I had a daycare parent that made homemade baby foods for their child. She would make large quantities and freeze it. Are you making yours daily? big batches and freezing? canning?

For me, the method you were using would be the biggest issue.
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nannyde 07:42 AM 03-14-2011
Originally Posted by jen:
I think it depends...I had a daycare parent that made homemade baby foods for their child. She would make large quantities and freeze it. Are you making yours daily? big batches and freezing? canning?

For me, the method you were using would be the biggest issue.
As a parent what method would you prefer? What would be the deal breaker for you?
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jen 07:47 AM 03-14-2011
Originally Posted by nannyde:
As a parent what method would you prefer? What would be the deal breaker for you?
I think I'd have a problem with canning...

I'll be the first to admit that I have no idea if its a "rational" fear, but I would be worried about it.
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Maddy'sMommy 07:54 AM 03-14-2011
I plan on offering homemade baby food as well as an option instead of the parents suppling jarred food.

As a parent, I think my worry would be that everything was processed and stored correctly. I think it would help some people's fears to explain to then what happens from beginning to end. (i.e preparation, process, how it is stored, for how long, etc.)
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Unregistered 10:12 AM 03-14-2011
I would like it. I make my own and send it just to avoid the super processed bottles. So, I would like it!
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nannyde 10:42 AM 03-14-2011
Originally Posted by jen:
I think I'd have a problem with canning...

I'll be the first to admit that I have no idea if its a "rational" fear, but I would be worried about it.
I don't know how to can. I've never done that before. I see what you are saying though.
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Unregistered 11:19 AM 03-14-2011
I try to do it as often as I can, but it also depends on what kind it is. I have a Vitamix so it can pretty much turn anything into baby food. When I make baby food, it's fresh daily and I will pitch what I don't use. I don't see myself ever canning it myself but making it fresh from time to time works out well.
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MommyMuffin 11:36 AM 03-14-2011
Originally Posted by jen:
I think it depends...I had a daycare parent that made homemade baby foods for their child. She would make large quantities and freeze it. Are you making yours daily? big batches and freezing? canning?

For me, the method you were using would be the biggest issue.
I would prepare and freeze in ice cube trays like others were saying. Also, buying fruits and vegetables from the farmers market and making them fresh as well.
I plan on making baby food for my own infant when the time comes. I think since I am already doing it, I would simply offer the homemade or if it is not good enough for the daycare parent they can provide whatever canned food they want.

I really thought parents would love it, but I am finding so many mixed reviews.
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jen 12:36 PM 03-14-2011
Huh! Honestly, I would love it the way that you are explaining it. Have they given you any reasons for being hesitant?
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jen 12:37 PM 03-14-2011
Originally Posted by nannyde:
I don't know how to can. I've never done that before. I see what you are saying though.
I don't know how to do it either...I tried once and I was totally wigged out that I was going to give everyone food poisoning, that I never did it again...only served my family, not daycare. My Mom did it a few times and she always made it sound like if she made one mistake we were all going to die!
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GretasLittleFriends 02:03 PM 03-14-2011
Originally Posted by jen:
I don't know how to do it either...I tried once and I was totally wigged out that I was going to give everyone food poisoning, that I never did it again...only served my family, not daycare. My Mom did it a few times and she always made it sound like if she made one mistake we were all going to die!
Reading this made me giggle. I don't know how to can either, though I'd like to learn. We grow a HUGE garden every year.

When I was interviewing the one food program lady she said we can't use home canned stuff because of the dangers behind it. No home canned jams, meats, veggies, sauces or anything. She said if the canning was done improperly it may cause botulism.

I forgot to mention, I do make my own fruit and veggie baby food for my 10mo old. I offered to make the same for the 8mo old in my care, but the mom seemed apprehensive. It's her first, and she said she would prefer I feed her Gerber baby food. Although she is ok with me chopping fruit and veggies and meat into small bite sized pieces for the baby. She also told me her baby just LOVES mac & cheese...
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jen 05:08 PM 03-14-2011
Originally Posted by GretasLittleFriends:
Reading this made me giggle. I don't know how to can either, though I'd like to learn. We grow a HUGE garden every year.

When I was interviewing the one food program lady she said we can't use home canned stuff because of the dangers behind it. No home canned jams, meats, veggies, sauces or anything. She said if the canning was done improperly it may cause botulism.

I forgot to mention, I do make my own fruit and veggie baby food for my 10mo old. I offered to make the same for the 8mo old in my care, but the mom seemed apprehensive. It's her first, and she said she would prefer I feed her Gerber baby food. Although she is ok with me chopping fruit and veggies and meat into small bite sized pieces for the baby. She also told me her baby just LOVES mac & cheese...
Isn't the stuff we remember from childhood funny! I remember lookin' at those pickles like death in a jar...that and the off chance that someone mkght undercook the pork chops...

Seriously, I thought pork chops were supposed to black on the outside and the texture of shoe leather until I was in my 20's!

Sorry Mom!
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Symphony 05:37 PM 03-14-2011
In my state we aren't legally allowed to serve wild game or home canned items.

If a provider were making baby food fresh everyday, I would be very happy as a parent! With my oldest two children, I would make big batches and freeze them in ice cube trays. The rest of my kids, I made it as I was preparing the meal for everyone else.
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Stacy214 07:41 PM 03-14-2011
I grew a garden FULL of tomatoes and cucumbers and tried canning and honestly it SUCKED! I would NEVER try it again, too much work for a few jars bleh....God bless the people who can do it well. My pickles were disgusting however my pasta sauce was delish (just not enough)


So I am going to start making my own baby food (my parents are on board with this) and was reading something about the plastics ??? Some are not safe? Do I need to buy special products for storage? I only have 2 babies to make for right now.
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Cat Herder 06:54 AM 03-15-2011
Originally Posted by Symphony:
In my state we aren't legally allowed to serve wild game .
My DCP would revolt....

I trade daycare fees for wild turkey, deer, hog, home grown garden vegetables and fish all the time... (along with plumbing, electrical, and painting )
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smithburt21 09:21 PM 03-24-2011
It is depend on the parents that What they like. Now i making cupcake for my children. Yesterday, I have baked nutritious pizaa for my children.
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