How to Make Your Own Baby Food
Following a liquid diet for a period of almost six months, there is a thrill to start solids in most babies (and their parents!). But there are lots of confusion with real food as; how and what to begin with? Which foods will best and most healthful for my baby? Making a real food for baby is messy and fun. Instead of store-bought box or jar, making your own baby food is both nutritious and less expensive – be it minted pea puree or rice cereal. You don’t require any skills and in no time the baby food will be ready. The best thing is that you’ll know exactly what you’re feeding your baby. Now, how to make baby food, here is the answer:
Organic Food Buying Steps
Buy fruits and vegetables that are fresh and preferably organic. It is true that the prices of organic food are more, but you should fit it in your budget. Some of the organic are pears, apples, peaches, carrots, imported grapes, lettuce, kale, cherries, strawberries, nectarines, celery and black peppers. Try to use whatever you buy within a day or two for maximum nutrition for your baby. Some of the other organic that you can buy are winter squash, sweet potatoes, avocados, blueberries, apricots, mangoes, plums and prunes.
The Right Equipment For Making Baby Food
Don’t go too deep in buying the right equipments – so you can skip a lot of equipment. Most probably the equipment you require for making your baby food, you may already have it. Some of the equipment that you may require are:
- A hand blender
- An all-in-one baby food-maker
- A food processor
- A hand-turned food mill
- A good old-fashioned fork
- A stainless steel ice cube tray is also the thing you might want to invest.
In order to know which food to feed to your baby and when, you should ask your doctor or your pediatrician. Rice cereal is the most common first food. It is easy to buy it directly from the supermarket as a boxed cereal, but it can be expensive and may contain unwanted additives and preservatives. Instead of that you can make on your own. Grind half a cup of uncooked brown rice to a powder in a blender. Now make a thin paste of that rice by putting it in a pot and mixing in thoroughly. Now on a low heat cook the paste by stirring constantly and add more water if required so that it looks like cooked oatmeal.
To serve it, mix a few teaspoons of the cereal with breast milk in a bowl. Normal milk can also be used, but breast milk is recommended as the taste won’t appear entirely foreign to your baby.
Another great first food that is loaded with potassium is the banana-rama. Mash the banana in a bowl with a fork after breaking off the tip. By adding breast milk; make it thin and serve it to your baby. In the same way avocado can also be prepared.
Perfect purees are also a good option and quick and easy. Before pureeing the apples there is no need to cook it. For vegetables like greens, beets and carrots, there is a need for short steaming until they are soft (for faster steaming process cut them into small pieces). Place them into the blender after this along with some of their cooking water. Puree the vegetables until they are smooth and then serve it to your baby.
Some other baby foods that can be made easily are quinoa or millet, soups and stews. In this way feed your babies a healthy and nutritionally rich food to make them grow stronger without any health related problems.