Deciding to make your own baby food is a healthy choice. Pre-made food for people does have preservatives and other things added for safety and nutrition. It takes work and sometimes more money to eat healthy but everyone benefits from good nutrition. Making your own baby food is a good idea but you will have to make sure the baby is getting the proper needs for proper development. You can’t just put the chili from your own dinner into the blender and call it good.
It is important for parents to know that their child is eating well. If you are buying infant formula you know how expensive feeding a baby can be. If you are able to breastfeed your infant you know how much you are saving. Making your own baby food will ensure that what your child is eating is fresh, nutritious food and saving you money.
You should consider preparing the baby food separate from your families. Seasonings and other things that an adult adds to their food could be too much for an infant’s young digestive tract. No one likes to see their child in pain.
” Always make sure that you start with clean hands and surfaces before you work with any food.
” Store food as soon as it is ready.
” Use only freezer type storage containers for freezing food.
” Label and date each container.
” When in doubt throw it out
The first food your infant will probably eat is infant cereal. The texture of food for the first few months should be pureed or pudding like.
Make a small pan of rice or oatmeal, add a pinch of vanilla or cinnamon for flavor and put it in the blender to substitute the store bought stuff. You can see that making your own baby food could be quite easy and save you lot of money.
As your baby grows and eats a variety of foods you won’t need to grind it so well.
” Use little or no seasoning in your homemade baby food.
” Make sure all foods are thoroughly cooked.
” When defrosting or heating baby food, be sure to stir the food well and check the temperature.
You will probably get a lot of well meaning advice from family and friends but, it will be up to you and your doctor to decide how to feed your baby. This is some pretty common sense advice but very important none the less. It is important to talk with your pediatrician about your baby’s health. Consult with him before you introduce new foods or want to make changes.