There are so many plus sides to using homemade baby food that I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t at least try it if they are able to. I am definitely going to take the little bit of extra time to puree food for our baby! The only negatives reported by parents who tried making their own homemade food was that it was less convenient than buying jarred food and some parents did not have the space to store the food. Michael and me try to shop for groceries every two weeks, so in our case we would only need enough space for 2 weeks worth of little bitty baby foods. I do not think it would hurt us to make that much extra freezer room. Making homemade baby food is becoming more and more popular with parents today and here are some of the reasons ♡:
- Parents lock in the vitamins and nutrients in the food by steaming or roasting instead of boiling them out like baby food manufacturers do
- They know exactly what they’re feeding their baby
- They can money! $$$
- They get baby used to eating the same food as the rest of the family — just in puree form.
- They can choose their own fruits, vegetables, and other foods for purees, instead of relying on the flavors chosen by manufacturers. You’re not going to find melons or avocados in the baby food section of the supermarket.
- They give their baby a broader pallet and will most likely lead to their own amazing food choices later on.
- They protect their baby from developing food allergies
“What sealed the deal for me was finding out that jarred food is cooked at extremely high temperatures to kill bacteria for longer storage, at the same time taking out many of the food’s vitamins and nutrients and taste,” says Bartalos. “I would roast, steam, or boil veggies or fruit on the weekends and puree in a mini food processor. I’d make three or four different fruits and veggies at a time, so I had a month’s worth of food with each cooking weekend.” ~ Myra Bartalos, mother or 2-year old baby girl
“More than a trend its logical that a baby needs healthy, natural food for its development. Proteins, vegetables and fruits should be in their daily diets. For working moms I can highly recommend a Baby Nutrition Centre Set with a steam container/food processor. You can cook in only 15 minutes. Invest the necessary time it requires to cook for your baby, your responsible for providing the nutrients, proteins, vitamins your child needs to grow healthy” ~ Angela
A great way to prepare this yummy extra nutrition for your baby:
- Wash and rinse your hands and equipment.
- Scrub and peel fruits and vegetables.
- Bake, steam, roast, or microwave until tender (steaming and microwaving preserve the most nutrients).
- Puree in a food processor or blender with a little liquid (water, breast milk, or formula) until there are no chunks, or mash if your baby can handle more texture.
- Store in the refrigerator or freezer, in airtight containers is best. (Packaged baby foods can be stored in the cupboard until they’re opened; because they’re fresh, homemade baby foods can’t.)
- There are a number of storage containers sold specifically for refrigerating and freezing small serving-sized amounts of baby food; you can also just use an ice cube tray or mini cupcake tray
- Rewarm when it’s time to eat and allow to cool.
Most information from WebMD ♡
Beware of canned and commercially prepared foods that aren’t simple ingredients or contain SALT, as well as not fully cooked meats (use tender meats) and eggs. You can also try out beans and lentils.
Top 100 Baby Purees by Annabel Karmel can be bought on Amazon >> here << for $13.65
Here are some great items that I can see us purchasing in the near future:
- 450 Watt Ninja Master Prep (QB1000)
- OXO Tot 12 Piece Baby BlocksTM Set
- ReSqueeze Reusable Food Pouch 6 oz. (4-pack)
- Infantino Squeeze Pouches, 50 count
There are sooo many possibilities out there. Go see for yourself!!! And may our children live happy and healthy lives! ♡