As every parent in the world wants, you want your baby to grow up big and strong. We live in trying times and things seem to keep on getting harder and harder, and that is even true when it comes to the foods we eat and the foods that our babies eat. There is just so much processed junk out there and the labels on things are getting harder and harder to understand and there is even legislation pending to allow food companies to not disclose to the public whether or not what you buy is farmed raised, hybridized, or genetically altered in some way. What it comes down to is that it is getting harder and harder to eat healthily and be healthy and this is why we have a national epidemic of obesity in the United States.
So, you want to do your best to make sure that your baby eats right and grows up eating right and eating healthy. So you have thought about not buying store-bought foods for your baby anymore and you want to make baby food at home for your baby. This is a good thing and it is not hard to do and the benefits are just enormous to your child’ well being. So how do you make food for your baby at home? The old way was to just cook your food or boil it and then mash it up and feed it to your baby. Today, you can buy a baby food maker that is an all-in-one unit and you will save lots of time from doing things the old-fashioned way. In this article, we will look at some tips for making baby food at home for your child.
Now that you have decided to make baby food and if you are new at making baby food here are three tips to keep in mind. By the way, this was all new to me when I had my baby so don’t worry, you are not alone. Let’s take a look at those tips:
1. The first year of your baby’s life he or she will be feed predominantly breast milk or some type of formula. These formulas come in many varieties from dairy-based to soy-based if your baby is lactose intolerant. Your little one will not be eating solids. By the time the second year comes around it is going to be solid food time so it’s time to gear up and break out that baby food maker.
2. Obtain the freshest fruits and vegetables that you can get to use in your baby food maker. If you have a farmers market in your area that’s great! If not a healthy food store’s produce will do. If you end up needing to use frozen fresh fruits and veggies that is fine too. Just remember one thing when it comes to using the frozen fresh stuff. Do not re-freeze baby food made from fresh frozen fruits and veggies once they have been cooked. Remember this as well: DON’T EVER USE CANNED VEGGIES! You don’t need to be loading your baby up with all that salt. You can get away using canned fruits if you have to, just make sure you read the label to make sure the fruit is packed in water or natural juices and no excess sugars, syrups, or preservatives are added.
3. Cleanliness is next to healthiness. No matter what you do make sure that your hands, the utensils that you use, the baby food maker and your countertops and any and all food storage containers are clean. practice safe cooking and cleaning techniques.
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