Buying baby food at the grocery store is easy and convenient. But think about this: wouldn’t you feel better knowing exactly what goes into your baby’s food? Maybe it’s time to prepare baby food yourself! We’ll help you learn how to make your baby’s food with simple and quick recipes. Better yet, making it on your own is less expensive than buying it pre-made.
Start with Simple Ingredients
According to Wholesome Babyfood, the best choice for babies around 4-8 months is to start with baby cereal or soft, thinly pureed fruits and vegetables. If you’re considering the latter, make sure to pick out fruits and vegetables that will puree well. For instance, avocado, butternut squash, carrot or sweet potato all work very well and produce a consistency your baby will love.
The younger the baby, the better it is to start with single-ingredient recipes. If you’re introducing your baby for the first time to fruits and vegetables, it’s best to use easily digestible foods. To air on the side of caution, choose foods that are low on the allergy scale.
When in the grocery store, find the freshest ingredients offered. Organic products are the best to use, but if they don’t have what you’re looking for, no worries! Head over to the frozen foods section and look there.
As your child grows older, puree two foods that you think might go well together. Just make sure to try it first before feeding it to your baby. Soon you can add protein, mix different fruits and vegetables, spices and more!
Break Out the Blender
Highly pureed foods are better for babies who are new to solid foods. To get the desired consistency, a sauce pan and a food processor or blender can be used. Cooking harder food in a saucepan first will help the food break up more easily in a food processor or blender. Also, some foods taste better once cooked and the flavor becomes milder. It will take some trial and error to find out what your baby likes, but you’ll get the hang of it!
You don’t need to make huge batches because the baby has to get used to this type of food. They won’t eat too much at first as they adjust to what you’re feeding them. It’s also just fun to make small batches and test out a bunch of different recipes.
If you don’t have a food processor or blender, check out food processors specifically built for making baby food. You’ll be sure to find the perfect texture for your baby’s appetite with products that expand his or her appetite.
As you get the hang of making your baby’s food, it’s important to add diverse flavors and spices over time. This way, they may enjoy more foods as they grow older. Remember, always try new ingredients but consult with your pediatrician about this process.
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