Home Made Baby Food

June 30, 2010

80403819Did you know that it can cost $15,000 to raise a baby in the first year? Let's face it: raising a baby can be expensive. But what may not be so obvious is that there's a simple way to save money AND protect your baby's health at the same time. Have you ever thought about making your own baby food at home? You'll be surprised at how convenient it can be - for both you and your baby.   

You’re probably wondering, "What's the point of making my own baby food?" Here are just some of the benefits of doing it yourself:

  • Homemade will be fresher than store-bought. You can select the freshest items yourself and make a batch of food just prior to baby’s next meal. Does it get any fresher than that?

  • You can control quality by selecting ingredients yourself. You can inspect produce for ripeness, for example, and use only the best selections for your baby. You also can add vitamins and supplemental nutrients to make sure that your baby’s diet is healthy.

  • You can choose foods that your baby prefers, making it more likely that your baby will eat instead of spitting out unpalatable food. Like the rest of us, babies have taste preferences. All parents know how difficult it can be to try to feed your baby something he/she doesn’t like. If you’re worried that your baby’s taste is interfering with proper nutrition, you can even mix ingredients to disguise disagreeable flavors while feeding baby the foods he/she needs.

  • You ensure the safety of your baby’s food. Food-borne illnesses and safety recalls of baby food have become more common in recent years. By preparing baby food yourself and following sanitary practices, you can limit contamination and keep your baby safe.     

So how exactly do you make baby food? You don't need high-tech devices or factory equipment. All you need are your carefully chosen ingredients, water, and a blender. Cook the food as you like, but it's best to steam your veggies and bake your meats because these methods preserve the most nutrients. Once cooked, just puree in a blender while adding water to reach your desired thickness. Remember, younger babies require thinner food than older ones. You can even add nutrients like liquid Vitamin D to ensure that your baby is properly nourished. Store leftovers by freezing in a clean ice tray or a sterile, freezer-safe glass container. When baby is ready to eat again, just thaw the frozen food in a warm water bath or in a sealed container in the fridge overnight.  

Yes, making baby food is that easy. There's a wealth of resources in print and online to guide you, so take some time to explore. It's safe, simple, and affordable - and that’s nothing to cry about.

John J. Whyte, MD, MPH is the Chief Medical Expert & Vice President for Continuing Medical Education where he develops, designs and delivers health programming.








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