It is simple, healthy and cost-efficient to make your own
homemade baby food. Making your own homemade baby food allows
you to control the ingredients and the cost. Whether it's fruit
or vegetables, homemade baby food is easy to make, store and
You can even make tasty combinations of babyfood versions of fruits or
vegetables that will increase the vitamin and nutrition content
of your baby’s food once the baby has tried the fruit or
vegetable by itself. It is important that the first time a baby
eats a food, it is not combined with another new food in order
to watch for any allergies. If a baby ate two new foods mixed
together and developed hives, the parent would not know which
food was the cause.|
All you need to prepare homemade baby food is a blender or food
processor. You can follow homemade baby food recipes, or create your own. Recipes for baby 8 months may be
slightly different than 10 month baby recipes, but making your
own homemade baby food recipes for kids is a way to share ideas
with other moms.
A really convenient way to store homemade baby food is an ice
cube tray. More about this in a little bit. First, cook
vegetables the way you would normally, using only water for
cooking liquid. Oil, butter, and salt should not be used when
cooking homemade baby food. The microwave or stovetop are
equally fine. Make more than the baby will eat in one sitting,
since you will be able to store the excess. Cook vegetables or
firm fruits until soft enough to puree (blend in a blender).
Once soft, you may want to pour off some of the cooking water
before you puree it. Homemade baby food should be the
consistency of applesauce until your baby is old enough to eat
more textured food. Puree the fruit or vegetable in the blender
or food processor.
Making your own baby food lets the baby try vegetables that
you won’t always find in the grocery store. Try zucchini,
spinach, broccoli, squash, potatoes, and even cauliflower.
Avocado is very healthy, and doesn’t need to be cooked first. Of
course, standbys like carrots, peas, and yams are easy to make
homemade baby food from also.
Not all fruits have to be cooked first, unless it is necessary
to soften them. Firmer fruits such as apples and pears should be
peeled and cooked first. Melons, plums, mangoes, peaches,
nectarines, bananas, and berries can be simply washed, sliced
and pureed without cooking. Remember not to serve strawberries
to babies until one year of age as they are a common allergen.
Fruits do not need to be sweetened, and seldom need water.
Once the baby food is at the desired consistency, you can pour
it into an ice cube tray and freeze. Once frozen, the cubes can
be removed and stored in a Ziploc bag in the freezer. Label the
bag so you remember what veggie it is. Individual cubes can be
heated in the microwave whenever needed. Remember not to
overcook when heating homemade baby food. Test the food first
before serving to your baby. Put individual cubes into separate
containers if thawing is necessary before cooking; otherwise,
getting it out of a baggie can be rather messy!
Homemade baby food is fun to make with your toddler too.
Enjoy some prep time in the kitchen by making it fun! Making
homemade baby food will entertain your toddler for hours! It's
easy to make a game out of finding the right containers, reading
recipes, and stirring homemade baby food in a plastic bowl. Let
him lick the spoon and tell you if it's good!
are cooking for the family anyway, so provide your baby with the
most nutritious homemade baby food using ingredients from your
own kitchen. Preparing homemade baby food is easy, healthy, and
delicious! Providing your baby with superior baby food right
from the start is smart and cost efficient at the same time.
With these simple tips for baby food and handy hints on making it, you can
begin serving your baby delicious meals right away that will provide the
foundation for a healthy lifestyle! Baby food doesn't have to be difficult to
make. It is worth the time and effort because baby food is more nutritious and
cheaper than buying baby food at the store!