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Making Baby Food – 10 Important Dos and Donts

If you’ve ever considered making baby food, there are a few things you should be aware of. Some are health related considerations, other are general tips and ideas, but all of them should help you make the best and healthiest food you can for your little baby.

Do:

1. The easiest way to start making baby food is pureeing vegetables or fruits. Simply cook them, pop into a food processor and puree. Remember that younger babies should start with thinners purees. You can get different levels of consistency by adding breast milk or formula to the food processor.

2. The best choice for is always fresh produce. Canned or preserved food may include sodium and other unnecessary ingredients. That’s the advantage making your own baby food has over commercial one. If you can’t find proper fresh produce, use frozen.

3. The best way to cook baby food is by steaming it. Steaming or baking saves all the vitamins, minerals and other “goodies” inside the vegetables. Boiling them on the other hand would move them into the cooking water. In that case you can use some of this water when making the puree, so at least a part of those vitamins would go back into what the baby eats.

4. Making your own baby food can actually save you money. That’s because you can make it in bulk. Storing it in the fridge is allowed for only 2-3 days, but freezing it is safe for weeks and even months. Here’s a tip: scoop your puree into ice cube trays. Once it is frozen, transfer them into freezer bags and label them with the content and date. You can make baby food for the entire month! russian store

5. Starting solid baby food should be done slowly and gradually. The baby would still be drinking breast milk or formula. There’s no point in making baby food in big amounts without freezing it. That’s why the ice cubes are so helpful. The baby’s first meal is no more than one tablespoon of food – simply defrost a single cube. As days and weeks go by, mix and match more cubes.

Don’t:

1. Babies under 6 months old should eat either breast milk or formula. It’s the AAP recommendation that relies on the fact that it takes time for the baby’s digestive system to develop. It’s only after 4-6 months babies looses the reflex to push anything but liquid out of their mouth and can hold up their heads.

2. Homemade baby food for babies up to 12 months old should not include: cow’s milk, egg white and honey. Each has a risk of either an allergic reaction, or digestive problems. Around 9 months you can start using yogurt or cooked egg yolks.

3. Don’t introduce more than a single new food to your baby at a time. Instead, wait 4 days after each one and pay attention. This way you can keep track of what might cause allergies or other discomfort.

4. When defrosting food you had frozen, it is best to avoid using a microwave. Microwaves might heat up the food unevenly, leaving some of it colder and some of it so hot it can burn your baby’s mouth. Either let the food defrost in room temperature or heat it up over boiling water.

5. Don’t limit the baby’s fat intake until he or she are 2 years old. Babies need fat as an energy source to achieve a healthy development. On the other hand, don’t add sugar to when making baby food. Try to expose your baby to a variety of tastes and flavors by making other kinds of baby food besides sweet.

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