Most doctors recommend starting your babies on solid food when they reach around 6 months of age. Some even suggest starting it around 4 months. Whichever the case, you need to take special care as to what goes in the baby’s mouth since their immune system is still under development. A wide variety of baby food is available at stores as well. However it is strictly recommended that you make baby food at home since it will be so much healthier and fresh than the store-bought version. Store-bought baby food goes through a lot of processing and has preservatives in them which are both not suitable options for the baby’s health. If you are a working mother without a lot of spare time, a baby food processor is the best option for you. Visit our Baby food Processor Buyer’s Guide (2017) to find out more.
Making baby food at home is not that difficult as some people might think. In addition it is healthier and cheaper than what you might get at the supermarket. Here are some tips you should follow:
- Start feeding your baby with fruits and vegetables initially.
Avocados are one of the most recommended first foods. Bananas, potatoes and green peas are also good for developing the baby’s taste. Mash them by hand or using your baby food processor. If you do not have one, you can use a normal food processor that you are using for your daily purposes. Choose food processor with a BPA-free bowl so that it is suitable for the baby’s health.
- Prepare in surplus and freeze it for later use.
Instead of going through the same trouble every day, make a large amount of different kinds of purees and freeze them in ice-cube trays. Once frozen, you can transfer them to sealed bags labeled with date and type of food. Do not freeze raw food like bananas or avocados. Always freeze cooked foods like baked apples. When you have to feed the baby, defrost in advance. Avoid microwaving as it makes the food unsuitable for the baby’s health.
- Don’t save leftovers for later use.
If the baby is full and you have some leftover baby food left in the plate, discard it. This is because this leftover food has saliva of the baby in it. This will promote bacterial growth in the food making it unsuitable for consumption by the baby.
- Don’t add sugar, salt and spices to baby food.
The baby’s digestive system is not ready for these ingredients until they are a year old. After 1 year you can gradually start adding these to their food.
- Check the food temperature before feeding it.
Another drawback of microwaving, besides loss of nutrients, is that it can create hot pockets in the food. You could be feeding your baby with very hot food without even noticing.
- Carefully monitor for any allergic reactions.
It is best to introduce a single type of food and wait for two days before introducing a new type. Observe how the baby’s body reacts to each food. Consult a pediatrician if you notice any abnormal allergic reactions.