Time seems to just fly by so quickly when you’re a new mom.
It felt like just yesterday you met your little one for the first time and now he or she is ready to start eating solid foods. While store-bought baby food saves time, comes packaged in appropriate portions and stays preserved longer, many parents decide to go the homemade route.
Homemade baby food ranges from pureed fruits, veggies and proteins for your 4- to 6-month-old, to finger foods for toddlers and children. There are plenty of benefits too.
Of course, making baby food at home is the most direct way to determine what ingredients your baby eats. Mixing and matching fresh produce like spinach, avocados, carrots and bananas can create healthful blends you won’t find in manufactured baby foods.
Likewise, adding new foods one by one helps parents determine if his or her baby has a food allergy. Homemade baby food also has more vitamins and nutrients because it doesn’t have to be heated at high temperatures for preservation, like manufactured brands do.
Those parents concerned about the environment should know that homemade baby food produces less waste because containers get used over and over again, while it’s a struggle to find uses for those hundreds of little glass jars from manufactured brands.
My sister, who has a 2-and-a-half-year-old and a 2-month-old, made her own baby foods for the oldest. He was and still is a picky eater, so she would sneak purees full of healthy foods into favorites, such as pizza or mac ’n cheese. Her go-to site for baby food recipes is WholsomeBabyFood.momtastic.com.