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Homemade Baby Food

It is simple, healthy and cost-efficient to make your own homemade baby food. Making your own homemade baby food allows you to control the ingredients and the cost. Whether it's fruit or vegetables, homemade baby food is easy to make, store and reheat. You can even make tasty combinations of babyfood versions of fruits or vegetables that will increase the vitamin and nutrition content of your baby’s food once the baby has tried the fruit or vegetable by itself. It is important that the first time a baby eats a food, it is not combined with another new food in order to watch for any allergies. If a baby ate two new foods mixed together and developed hives, the parent would not know which food was the cause.

All you need to prepare homemade baby food is a blender or food processor. You can follow homemade baby food recipes, or create your own. Recipes for baby 8 months may be slightly different than 10 month baby recipes, but making your own homemade baby food recipes for kids is a way to share ideas with other moms.

A really convenient way to store homemade baby food is an ice cube tray. More about this in a little bit. First, cook vegetables the way you would normally, using only water for cooking liquid. Oil, butter, and salt should not be used when cooking homemade baby food. The microwave or stovetop are equally fine. Make more than the baby will eat in one sitting, since you will be able to store the excess. Cook vegetables or firm fruits until soft enough to puree (blend in a blender). Once soft, you may want to pour off some of the cooking water before you puree it. Homemade baby food should be the consistency of applesauce until your baby is old enough to eat more textured food. Puree the fruit or vegetable in the blender or food processor.

Making your own baby food lets the baby try vegetables that you won’t always find in the grocery store. Try zucchini, spinach, broccoli, squash, potatoes, and even cauliflower. Avocado is very healthy, and doesn’t need to be cooked first. Of course, standbys like carrots, peas, and yams are easy to make homemade baby food from also.

Not all fruits have to be cooked first, unless it is necessary to soften them. Firmer fruits such as apples and pears should be peeled and cooked first. Melons, plums, mangoes, peaches, nectarines, bananas, and berries can be simply washed, sliced and pureed without cooking. Remember not to serve strawberries to babies until one year of age as they are a common allergen. Fruits do not need to be sweetened, and seldom need water.

Once the baby food is at the desired consistency, you can pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze. Once frozen, the cubes can be removed and stored in a Ziploc bag in the freezer. Label the bag so you remember what veggie it is. Individual cubes can be heated in the microwave whenever needed. Remember not to overcook when heating homemade baby food. Test the food first before serving to your baby. Put individual cubes into separate containers if thawing is necessary before cooking; otherwise, getting it out of a baggie can be rather messy!

Homemade baby food is fun to make with your toddler too. Enjoy some prep time in the kitchen by making it fun! Making homemade baby food will entertain your toddler for hours! It's easy to make a game out of finding the right containers, reading recipes, and stirring homemade baby food in a plastic bowl. Let him lick the spoon and tell you if it's good!

Remember, you are cooking for the family anyway, so provide your baby with the most nutritious homemade baby food using ingredients from your own kitchen. Preparing homemade baby food is easy, healthy, and delicious! Providing your baby with superior baby food right from the start is smart and cost efficient at the same time.

With these simple tips for baby food and handy hints on making it, you can begin serving your baby delicious meals right away that will provide the foundation for a healthy lifestyle! Baby food doesn't have to be difficult to make. It is worth the time and effort because baby food is more nutritious and cheaper than buying baby food at the store!