Many people have been daunted by the idea of making food for baby from home. While it does take some extra effort, it is really very simple to do. Why make your own food? If you are not a label reader already, pick up a few jars of baby food at the store. Some are great with limited ingredients, but others are laden with sugars, preservatives and other nonsensical additives. Making food from home assures that you know just what your baby is eating, allows for the most quality ingredients, and can lead to avoidance of a picky eater later in life, as he will have the opportunity to try lots of different foods out.
Obviously, babies don’t start by eating a steak. The first step is to be sure that it is clear what baby can eat and when. A great online resource for this information is wholesomebabyfood.com. Babies usually shouldn’t start eating foods until around 4 to 6 months of age. Start with the basics like avocado, green beans and rice.
There is no special equipment needed for making baby food. Many companies will try to sell food making machines listing many benefits. The truth is that a blender, a pot and colander are the main three items needed. Schedule a day once a week that is set aside as food making day. Doing it all at one time will make the exercise much faster.
Shopping at the local natural grocer for organic foods will definitely be more expensive, but the quality and freedom from pesticides and genetic modifications is really something to think about. Tomatoes in a regular grocery store are hardly even tomatoes anymore! Go with a list, know what you want to make ahead of time to keep the costs minimal.
Most foods can be simply steamed to the right consistency over the stove. Just boil water and put a colander on top of the pot so that it sits right above the water and catches the steam. Most vegetables and fruits can be cooked this way. Just don’t overcook the food as the less cooked it is, the more vitamins and minerals will be retained.
No special container or jarring equipment is needed, either. Get a few packs of the smallest reusable plastic containers at the store. They are usually about $3 per pack of 6. Be sure to have enough, as it may be surprising how many little containers can be filled, and that the containers can be used in the freeezer.
Some foods can be frozen and others cannot. Refer to the website above for a list of foods and how they can be stored. In most situations, the labor of having made the baby food will be outweighed by how full the freezer will be when finished.
Making baby food is certainly rewarding for both parent and child. A sense of accomplishment and pride in having absolutely given your baby the best possible foods while he is growing, and the start of a healthy lifetime with less eating issues later in childhood.
When starting a baby on new foods, it is important that you introduce only one food at a time to monitor allergies and reactions to foods, and double check which foods babies of certain ages should not have. The most commonly known food to avoid giving small babies is peanut butter, but there are several items which are harder for them to digest until a certain age, like spinach.
Do not be afraid, however, to introduce foods that are new and exotic even to yourself. The more options and flavors a baby tries in the beginning, the more open he will be to trying new things in the future. A baby that tries man varieties will be one who is less apt to be a picky eater. Just check the list of foods to avoid. There’s not many of them.
Finally, realize that the work and extra efforts are real building blocks to a healthy childhood. Eating natural and organic foods may lead to less of the sniffles and other maladies as well. Things can get really interesting if you start noting what vitamins are in what veggies and how to build a complete menu based on these nutritional needs. The only thing remaining is to watch him grow!