Homemade Baby Food: The Basics
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There are many good reasons to prepare your own baby food at home: you get to expose your baby to a wide range of nutritious foods, avoid additives and save money. Check these tips on preparing homemade baby food.
Puree, puree, puree
Once your baby starts on solids, you will quickly discover that puree is the magic word. You will need a good blender or food processor, and a little imagination. Many foods can be pureed into mushy baby snacks, but some work better than others if you plan on freezing. Good choices include berries, peas, pumpkin, carrots and sweet potatoes. Start by baking, boiling or steaming the fruit or vegetable. Next, mash it all up, and add some of the water you used to cook the fruit or veg with to make the mixture more liquid if necessary. You can also use breast milk to thin the mixture, but adding formula is not advised.
Choose your ingredients wisely
Opt for good quality fresh ingredients. Avoid using canned or processed fruit or vegetables, as the added sugar is unnecessary and potentially harmful. Watch what you add to the food: babies don’t need salt or spices, so keep things simple.
Storing baby food is a great way to save time, but be sure you know the rules when it comes to freezing, including how to prepare the food that is to be frozen. Make sure you have plastic bags and ice cube trays or appropriate freezing containers handy. Label the food and include the date that it was prepared.
Pay attention to hygiene
Babies are more vulnerable to tummy bugs than adults, so special care is needed to prepare the food in a hygienic manner to prevent infections. Your hands, utensils and cooking equipment should always be clean; your fruit and vegetables should be washed; and your meat, poultry and fish should be cooked at appropriate temperatures.
The information in this article is intended for general purposes only. If you have any concerns about your health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a healthcare professional.