How to Make Homemade Baby Food

Learning how to make homemade baby food has several advantages - you can save a lot of money by preparing your own baby food from scratch, and with homemade baby food, you always know exactly what your little one is eating, with no preservatives or added salt or sugar.

Start with simple veggies. Cook peas or green beans until just tender, then puree. Pour the puree into large cube ice trays, and freeze before putting the frozen cubes into freezer-safe bags and labeling them with the date made. These cubes can be easily defrosted in the microwave in a little bowl and cooled before feeding to your child.

Sweet potatoes are another favorite, as are carrots and beets. Add just one new food at a time to your baby's diet so if there are any food allergies, they can quickly be traced back to the culprit. Strawberries are a common culprit. Don't try out new foods late at night, but rather early in the day in case you need a doctor's advice if hives break out. Always remember to seek medical attention immediately if your baby seems to have trouble breathing, as an allergic reaction can shut down the airway.

Bananas make a wonderful baby food. Mix half and half with applesauce or blend in a little warm water and baby cereal to make a balanced meal. You can add some pureed berries for a treat. As your baby grows, try a little small curd cottage cheese with some pureed fruit.

Meats can be introduced as your baby gets a little older. Use a grinder to turn chicken or steak into a fine crumble, and mix with a little mashed potato for substance. Go slowly when adding meats, and remember that a tablespoon or two alongside the veggies and fruits is probably sufficient.

Once you know how to make homemade baby food, you'll wonder how you ever got by without it! Having a few jars of premade baby food around in case of emergency or travel can be handy, but when you cook your own baby's food, you can rest assured they are getting the best nutrition possible.

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