You’ve heard all the rage about making your own baby food but aren’t exactly sure how to go about it. Every parent wants the absolute best for their child and in today’s world we have to worry so much about what is being added into our foods. It can definitely be scary. But…there is an alternative and that is to have complete control over what your child is eating by making it yourself! But don’t worry, believe it or not, it’s very easy!!!! We have made it even easier for you to get you started with making your own baby food! The best part, you have complete control over the process of how it’s made and what is in it! Let’s get started!
Homemade vs. Store-Bought Baby Food
Who doesn’t like the taste of Fresh Food? There is no doubt about it that food freshly prepared in your kitchen is more nutritious than commercially prepared foods. Why? It’s simple. The ingredients used to make ready-made baby foods are brought to extremely high temperatures to sterilize them and extend their shelf life. Whiles this makes the baby food safe and convenient for parents, the entire process completely destroys any key nutrients and natural flavors. In addition, you will also find that making your own baby food will work out to be less expensive than buying baby food in prepared jars & all that blending and freezing will save you time in the long run!
Should You Buy Organic or Not?
Over the past several years it have become more popular to buy organic. So should you buy Organic for your baby or not? First, let’s define organic. Organically grown food means that it is produced without the addition of synthetic chemicals – this includes fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides – and without the addition of hormones such as bovine growth hormone and antibiotics. To be “organically” approved in the United States, food must be grown according to a set amount of standards approved by the USDA. Just because a food is labeled “Organic” does not necessarily mean that it will taste better than non-organic. Or that non-organic food is unhealthy. As a Parent you need to make the decision that best suits your ideals for your child!
The Right Equipment
- Chopping Knife
- Ice Cube Trays or Freezable Storage Containers
- Food (Raw, Fresh Vegetables or Fruits)
10 Important Things to Remember
- Wash your hands thoroughly
- Use Fresh, High-Quality Food
- Wash, Scrub, or peel all fruits and vegetables.
- Rinse Fish, Meat (except ground meats) and poultry before preparing
- Grind tough food, seeds, and nuts.
- Microwave, steam, stir-fry, bake, broil, or roast food for optimum nutrition.
- Cook ground meat to a temperature of at least 165degrees
- Do not add salt, pepper, sugar, or sweeteners to your baby’s food
- Discard leftover food in baby’s dish after a meal
- An infant’s mouth is much more sensitive to heat than an adult’s, so be cautious when serving your baby freshly heated or cooked foods.
Batch ~ Cook ~ Freeze
The easiest way to prepare homemade baby food is to cook it in big batches, then break down into smaller portions that you can stick in the freezer and plan for weeks ahead at a time. This is a great time saver as when you have small kids time is of the essence! Freezing homemade baby food is a great way to give your child a variety of meals, and to stay prepared with food on hand.
What & When to Feed Your Baby
|Food||Six Months||Seven Months||Eight Months||Nine Months||Ten Months||Eleven Months|
|Baby Cereal||single-grain rice, barley, oatmeal||single-grain wheat||rice, cream of wheat, oatmeal, barley, multigrain|
|Juice||dilute half-and-half with water: apple, pear, white grape||dilute half-and-half with water: peach, nectarine, prune||dilute half-and-half with water: apricot, blueberry, carrot||dilute with water (optional): red grape, cantaloupe, papaya, nectar||dilute with water (optional): cherry, kiwi||dilute with water (optional) cranberry, pineapple, raspberry|
|Vegetables (cooked)||sweet potatoes, peas||squash (acorn, butternut, yellow), potatoes, zucchini||carrots, string beans, wax beans||broccoli, cauliflower, spinach||cabbage, parsnip, leek, bell peppers, parsley, celery||brussel sprouts, turnips, rutabaga, beets, kales, romaine lettuce (raw)|
|Fruits *very ripe||apples, pears, avocadoes*, bananas*||nectarines, peaches, plums, prunes||apricots*, dried, cooked apricots, blueberries, seedless watermelon||cantaloupe, papaya||kiwi, melon, cherry halves||pineapple, raisins (soft or cooked) grape halves, figs, raspberries|
|Dairy (whole fat)||cottage cheese||yogurt||cream cheese, mascarpone, fresh or soft mozzarella, Jack, Swiss||ricotta, Cheddar, goat, Parmesan, Romano|
|Miscellaneous||hard-cooked egg yolk, rice, rice noodles, barley, baby crackers, plain oat Cheerios||chicken, beef, ham, tofu||pancakes, waffles, legumes (lentils and split peas)||polenta, couscous, legumes (beans: black, white, red, lima, or refried)|
- Choose your desired food to cook.
- Bring water to a boil.
- Cook food to a soft consistency.
- Throw it into a blender.
- Let cool
- Pour into ice cube trays or food containers
Making Homemade Baby Food is actually quite simple and easy on the pocketbook. All while giving your child the most fresh, nutrious introduction to foods as possible. Have fun with it! Mix Fruits with Vegetables to change up the flavor a little bit! Or if your child is having a hard time liking their vegetables, mix it with a sweet fruit and chances are, they will eat those yummy greens! Have fun & Enjoy preparing food for your baby!
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