Baby Luke started eating solid foods this past month and I was determined to try and make my own baby food but was a bit nervous about whether or not it was going to be difficult. Well, I’ve been so surprised about how easy it is! Anyone can do it and there are so many benefits for your baby.
- More nutritious (less processed so retains more nutrients)
- No chemicals or preservatives
- It’s cheaper!
- Some studies say it assists in reducing obesity in children
- Among many others
- Food processor and blender (you can also buy a baby food processor but I already had a food processor so was able to save some money there)
- Metal-mesh sieve
- Steamer (I used a collapsible one)
- Ice cube trays (When you finish making your puree just spoon it out in to ice cube trays and stick them in the freezer. Once frozen I popped them in to a ziplock and wrote on the ziplock what it contained and when it was made.)
How to Make Baby Food:
It would take a very long blog post for me to give as much detail as I’d like to about making baby food so I’m going to share a few credible articles that I found useful.
- Consult your pediatrician before beginning solid foods.
- Remember to use the 4-day rule (ie. try one new food for four days before giving your baby a new food to test for allergies).
- Be sure to wash your hands, use clean cooking utensils and follow general food safety.
- There are recent studies linking pesticides in food to ADHD in children. Given this, I’m trying to use all organic. Read an article about this study by clicking here.