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Why Your Baby Food Temperature Is Not a Big Deal

Updated on November 16, 2017


Most parents and experts believe that by warming up your baby food prior to giving it to your baby, it makes the food easier to digest and it kills organisms that may deliver illness to your little one. In general, these are mere perceptions but are not necessarily true.

If you decide to serve the food cold or warm, it doesn't matter at all. The health industry, at present, suggests that it is safe to take commercially packaged foods straight from the market and give it to your baby. The same thing applies to baby foods prepared as long as they have been stored properly and cooked thoroughly.

Babies Have Different Temperature Preferences When It Comes To Foods

There are babies that prefer warm foods over cold foods. When they are exposed to cold foods, their body adjusts to it until they get used to eating them gradually. Sometimes, it can be challenging to feed baby foods, particularly among fussier ones. Therefore, some parents and experts suggest varying the temperature of foods you give to your child.

When you go out for outings on a warm sunny day, consider giving cold foods to your baby as this can give them that refreshing feeling. When your little one is teething, giving cold baby foods can also be an advantage because cold foods are excellent in overcoming pain.

In this situation, giving a yogurt or cold applesauce can be a good thing. On the other hand, by warming up your baby food, you can be sure that any lurking organisms causing illness is eradicated.

When Is The Best Time To Warm Baby Foods?

It is essential to know that some baby foods are more palatable when they are warm than cold or vice versa. In commercially charged baby food, this is not so much of a problem. But with home-prepared baby foods, it can be a cause for concern. Rice-based foods, potatoes, and other starchy purees can be unpleasant when they are killed.

Another thing is the gravy-based food. Gravy-based foods become gluey when left in the freezer. Therefore, warming it up is needed for it to be palatable. When you feel doubtful whether to leave the baby foods chilled or warm, use your food guidelines. For instance, when you eat green beans warm, then, serve green beans to your baby warm. If you prefer cold ham instead of baked ham, apply the same to your baby.

Tips for Warming Up Baby Foods

Because babies do not assess the food temperature before devouring it, you as a parent should do it for them. This may sound too obvious, but often people forget that food placed closer to the heating source will be hotter compared to foods that are far away.

An example of which is heating the baby food in a pot of warm water. By doing so, the heat from the pan can produce a hot spot that you need to look out for. The best thing to do this is by placing a metal spoon to the jar’s bottom, holding it for three seconds, and determining the temperature of the spoon by putting it on your lower lip. If the spoon feels uncomfortable, then, it also is hot for your little one.

Do you use microwaves? Watch out! Microwaves tend to heat the food unevenly and develop spots that are sometimes too extreme for your little one. Putting the dish at the center of the microwave may help but not all the time. So be sure to stir constantly the food after you microwave it and assess the temperature by putting a spoon on your lip.

Serving Baby Foods

If you need to serve and store the food, check the jar. If it is watery and thin, then that means the food has been contaminated with the saliva of your baby. As a result, this can break down food and allow bacterial growth.

In this case, avoid giving your baby any food from the jar unless you are entirely confident that he will finish it. As an alternative, get only what you need and put it in a bowl. Close the jar and place it back in the refrigerator. Once you have opened the jar. Any leftover baby foods should be stored in the fridge for no more than two or three days.

Final Words

Warming up your baby foods depends entirely on you and your little one. Know what your baby prefers and determine the temperature by using your food temperature preferences. How often do you warm up your baby foods? What do you use to warm them up?


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      14 months ago from Washington

      Great article! I normally warm baby food in the microwave but if my little one is grumpy from teething I serve his food cold. He doesn't seem to picky about temperature anyway, but I hear lots of babies are. Great job!


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