Should You Switch To Homemade Baby Food?

If you’ve been thinking about trying your hand to homemade baby food, here’s what you need to know

When the time comes for you to start feeding your baby solid foods, you will have to start thinking about what kinds of food you want to feed her. There are tons of premade options out there are that healthy—there is even organic baby food lines.

But homemade baby food has been growing as a popular option for new parents for some years now. The idea is that you know exactly, and I mean exactly, what is going into your child’s food when you make it yourself.

There are a lot of reasons for and against homemade baby food. Remember whatever your choice, as long as baby is eating, there is no wrong way to feed your baby solids.

Disadvantages to homemade baby food

There are a few things that even parents who make their own baby food identify as disadvantages to this approach. The biggest one of these would have to be convenience. Prepackaged jars of baby food as are simple as grabbing them and running out the door—they come in premeasured amounts and are ready to serve.

Making your own baby food also take a lot of time to prepare and make. You have to get the fruit/veggies, clean them, cook them, puree them and then package them in small containers.

There is also the issue of storing the baby food. Because it is homemade, it will spoil faster and will need to be stored in your fridge or freezer. And this has the potential to take up a lot of space if you plan to prepare your baby food in large batches.

Advantages to making your own baby food

As previously mentioned, when you make your own baby food you know exactly what you are putting in your baby’s mouth. Lots of parents also find that making their own baby food is the more economical choice—although not all parents agree on this point.

You’ll also be able to choose the fruit and vegetables that you make instead of relying on what the manufactures decide your kid will like. Melon, avocado and squash might not be on the shelves in the baby food section but you’ll probably be able to find them in the produce section.

It can also help get your baby used to eating what everyone else in the house is eating—having Brussel sprouts for dinner?  Baby can too!

So how can you make your own baby food?

With these five easy steps and whatever fruit and veggies you choose.

  1. Wash and peel fruits and vegetable of your choice.
  2. Bake, steam, microwave or roast the veggies/fruits are tender. Helpful tip: steaming and microwave preserve the most nutrients.
  3. Puree in a food processor with a small amount of water, formula or breast milk, or mash if your baby is able to handle more texture.
  4. Store in the fridge or freezer in air tight containers; to keep it as fresh as possible, store in single serve containers.
  5. When it is time to eat, rewarm but allow time to cool before feeding it to baby.

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