When it comes to feeding our babies, it’s natural to be a little nervous. “Am I giving them enough? What exactly is in this stuff? Why is baby food so expensive?” Well don’t worry; there is an easy way to control costs and make sure only the best ingredients go into your baby’s meal: make your own baby food! Although the thought of preparing your own food seems overwhelming, it is actually very easy. Baby food can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it, from fruits and vegetables to stews and casseroles.
Most babies will start out with cereal and then move on to vegetables and fruits. This makes it easy for us moms learning the baby-food-making ropes!
Here’s what you will need to get started:
To make baby food vegetables:
To make baby food fruits:
Once you have mastered the world of fruits and vegetables and your baby’s taste is more sophisticated, you can move on to making soups and stews. The best advice I can give parents here is to make it easy on yourself. Make a soup for the whole family; as long as it’s not very spicy or salty, babies are generally good about eating what mom and dad eat.
The easiest way to prepare soup or stew for baby is to separate out a portion from the pot before you add a lot of the spice and salt. Let it cool for a few minutes, puree in a food processor, and you’re done! Baby will have a complete, nutritious, homemade meal!
Follow these government recommended food safety tips for baby food.
The last bit of advice I can give is to have fun. This is just another great way to bond with your baby and provide him or her with the best ingredients to grow strong and healthy. Here’s to good food, good times and good health!
Test your baby food IQ
Which of these foods should I avoid giving my baby during the first year?
Answer: a (honey should not be given to babies until after the first year of life)
Is it okay to put any seasonings in my baby’s food?
Answer: Yes, (babies have tasted different flavors through the amniotic fluid during pregnancy and through the breast milk if you nursed. As long as its not too spicy or salty, using herbs and seasonings during cooking is perfectly fine)
For more great baby food tips, check out this great video tutorial with recipes! Our favorite recipes include Sweet Potato with Broccolini and Grains, Quinoa with Chicken and Vegetables, and Pasta with Carrots and Kale.