Making your own baby food is easy, cheap and most importantly – the healthiest thing for your baby when it’s time to get him or her introduced to standard food. It’s easy to see why. For one, when you make your own baby food, you know exactly what goes into it. There will never be any harmful chemicals or preservatives inside. Your baby will be able to enjoy fresh, nutrient-rich food in its purest, most natural form. As an added bonus, making your own baby food produces less waste and so is better for the environment too. Think of all that packaging you will save by making the food at home instead of buying it in packs or jars! Preparing baby food at home is cheap, too, because fresh ingredients are usually cheaper than packaged, processed food. You can also use the same food you’re eating yourself, rather than buying separate food for your baby – all you need to do is blend it. It’s basically a win-win situation.

Equipment you will need

There are several ways of making baby food and you can use any of these appliances for this purpose. Food processors work well. Some even have specific blending attachments for making baby food. Personally, we prefer blenders (either handheld or standalone), which are great at producing the right consistency for baby food but can also be used for preparing other things grown-ups can enjoy (smoothies, soups, etc.). You can find some good recommendations on https://www.blenderfriend.com/ if you want to buy one yourself. Of course, as raising babies and children is a multi-million dollar industry, you can also now buy dedicated baby food makers. But for all their bells and whistles they’re not much better than a trusty blender, all things considered.

What food can you feed a baby?

Always choose the freshest and best produce for your baby. Buy organic if you can, to avoid pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Always wash produce thoroughly before preparing the food. Don’t let fresh produce sit in the fridge or on the shelf for too long before turning it into baby food. Avoid foods that are high in nitrates when feeding babies younger than three months.

As a rule of thumb, you can blend pretty much everything you’re going to eat and feed it to your baby. It’s a great way of getting them eating whatever it is you’re having. Avoid adding sugar or honey to food (honey especially can be harmful to babies), but adding seasoning and spices can actually help your baby develop a broader palate. You’ll be surprised at how open babies can be to different flavours. Just be sure to start yours off gently, rather than season too heavily.

Heating and storing food

It’s best to serve food at body temperature at most, not hotter. Be careful when heating food up in the microwave and test the food thoroughly before serving. Sometimes microwaves can leave some parts of the food cold, while other parts become harmfully hot. Make sure you mix the food thoroughly with a fork before testing the overall temperature after heating or reheating.

You can keep baby food in the fridge in a sealed box for a few days and it will retain its freshness, although a better option is to simply freeze the food. Frozen food can keep up to several months in the freezer, so you can get away with making a large batch every once in a while and then just reheat as necessary. Re-freezing food you’ve already reheated is not ideal, so you should only really heat up as much food as you think your baby will eat in one meal. A good way of doing that is freezing your baby food in ice trays, then saving the baby food cubes in a sealed container in the fridge. You can then reheat a cube or two each time according to your baby’s needs.

Conclusion

Although it can be tempting to opt for the perceived ease of processed, readymade baby food, making your own at home is really the best thing for both your baby and your pocket. It’s literally as easy as putting a few things into a blender once in a while and if you plan ahead, you can make a huge batch every few weeks so that you won’t have to worry about it for a while. It will save you money, give your baby a balanced, nutrient-rich diet and allow him or her to share the food you eat in the most natural way.

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Making your own baby food is easy, cheap and most importantly – the healthiest thing for your baby when it’s time to get him or her introduced to standard food. It’s easy to see why. For one, when you make your own baby food, you know exactly what goes...