Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Everything You Need to Know About Baby Food




Commercial baby food is expensive.

So what are you actually paying for? If you asked any of the major baby food companies it would be something like "Only the best ingredients for the best nutrition."
Maybe it's just me, but it definitely does not taste like the best ingredients. According to the researchers and scientists at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), commercial baby foods are diluted with water and thickening agents. While water and thickening agents are not bad for your baby, neither are rich in vital nutrients that are essential to growth and development.

How can you save money and feed your baby more nutrient-rich food? Make it yourself!
It's fun, it's easy, and it's cheap!

What You'll Need
a blender or food processor
pot or pan
fruits and vegetables
Ice cube trays (optional)
plastic bags or containers for storage

Which Foods and When
Click here for a complete chart of when to introduce certain foods into your baby's diet.
Read  Best Foods for Babies and How Do I know if My Child Has a Food Allergy for more information on foods for babies and toddlers.

How to Do It
Depending on the fruit or vegetable, you'll want to cook it before pureeing and feeding it to your baby. Here are some great resources for recipes and how to cook all fruits and vegetables.

Nurture Baby
Wholesome Baby Food

You can store leftovers in the refrigerator or in the freezer.
Another way to store leftovers is by freezing them in ice cube trays and then storing the cubes in a freezer bag. Brilliant!
Benefits of freezing:
You can thaw just the right amount for your baby's needs
Lasts for a few months in the freezer
Little or no packaging required


Here are some foods that do not require any preparation, just mash and feed!
Avocados
Bananas
Applesauce
Blueberries


Cookbooks

The Baby and Toddler Cookbook: Fresh, Homemade Foods for a Healthy Start

Cooking for Baby: Wholesome, Homemade, Delicious Foods for 6 to 18 Months

Source:
CSPI

2 comments:

  1. Good timing for this post, thank you! Very helpful...My baby is turning 6 months this weekend and we are getting ready for this new adventure: starting her on solids! Fun fun fun!

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    1. That's great! It will be fun to see which foods she likes and dislikes, good luck!

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