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Tips and Tricks For Making Homemade Baby Food

Jar full from making homemade baby food.
Introduce your babies to eating clean right away by making homemade baby food! This is an awesome way to start your kids off on a healthy foot right away. If you have older kids, they can help with making homemade baby food and learn about the health benefits of each ingredient.

Benefits of Making Homemade Baby Food

I love being able to see all the ingredients that go into my food and my baby’s food. That’s why making homemade baby food is a great option! All the ingredients are fresh and have no preservatives or added sugars, making it the most nutritious option for babies.

Allergies are less likely and easy to pinpoint in babies when they eat homemade baby food, since you know exactly what went into each meal. It takes a little extra time to start making homemade baby food, but I highly encourage it! You can usually start incorporating baby food into the diet when your baby is around six months old, but make sure to check in with your pediatrician first.

Precautions for Making Homemade Baby Food

Be sure to use the highest degree of cleanliness when making homemade baby food; you don’t want any bacteria making it’s way into the food or getting your baby sick.
Remember, all kids have different taste preferences, so they won’t always like everything - it’s not your fault! Pay attention to if the child has any allergy-like symptoms so you can narrow down which ingredient your baby might be allergic to.
Always consult your pediatrician before trying any new foods with your infant to make sure they are safe and will have nutritious value to your growing baby.

Making Homemade Baby Food

When you start incorporating foods into your baby’s diet, try using just one ingredient to start off with. Avocados, bananas and sweet potatoes are great options for first-time food eaters because they are delicious, nutritious and easy to digest.

  • For avocados, de-pit and scrape out the soft part of the avocado. Then, simply mash until smooth.
  • For bananas, peel the banana and then puree in a blender or food processor. Make sure it is a ripe banana so it is nice and soft when pureed.
  • For sweet potatoes, wash and poke holes in the sweet potato with a fork and then wrap in tin foil. Cook in an oven at 400 degrees until soft, about 30 minutes. Puree with blender or food processor.

You can also add formula or breast milk to any of these if the consistency doesn’t seem smooth or soft enough for your baby to eat.

Making homemade baby food is such a fabulous way to get into the clean eating habit. I recommend talking to your pediatrician about it before you begin. Your pediatrician should be able to direct you to some great resources with recipes and the best ingredients to try!

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