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Homemade Baby Food - Give Your Baby the Best!

Updated on June 13, 2011

Give Your Baby the Best Food Possible

Your infant deserves the finest and, being a first-rate parent, you try your best to furnish it to him. But, when it comes to infant food, how do you know it's the best? With baby food being made in so many different countries, how do you know that your infant's food is not only nutritional but won't make him ill? The problem is - you don’t. While the thought of giving your infant food that might make him sick is scary, the remedy to the situation isn't; simply make your own.

There are many benefits to making your own infant food. By making it yourself, you will know without a doubt that it is fresh, wholesome, and that it doesn’t have any additives or chemicals. You can also save up to 50% and making it, and it isn't as difficult as you might think. Let's go through the steps to making your own baby food and you'll quickly see just how simple it is to furnish your baby the very finest food possible.

Give Your Baby the Best!
Give Your Baby the Best!

How to Make Your Own Baby food

Many times, baby doctors recommend cereal as your infant's primary food because it has iron. Making baby cereal is easy. Simply put some oatmeal in your blender and grind it up. The next food that is generally introduced to babies is fruit. Buy fresh peaches, plums, apricots, apples and pears. The same goes for veggies when you're ready to introduce them to your baby.

Using a steamer is the best way to cook your infant's fruits and vegetables. Steamers don't cost a lot, but if you don't want to buy one, just put a colander over a pan of boiling water. Place your fruit or vegetables in the strainer and steam them for several minutes until tender. You don’t want to steam them too long or you will cook away all the healthy vitamins.

After the food has been steamed, the next step is to puree it. You can do this one of two ways; you can use a food processor or buy a food mill. A standard blender can do the job quickly and easily and most everyone already has one. Food mills come in all sizes and will strain the food to a very smooth consistency. The choice is up to you.

Preparing your own infant food doesn’t take long, but if you would like to save time and make it more convenient, make large batches of baby food at one time and freeze the extras. You can freeze the food by putting spoonfuls onto a baking sheet and freezing it or by freezing the pureed food in ice cube trays. When it is frozen, put the frozen food into plastic freezer bags and merely get out the amount you need, when you need it. You can keep frozen baby food for up to two months in the freezer and the food will stay fresh and keep all its nutrients.

When making your own baby food, try to use fresh, but if you must, buy frozen. It's best not to use canned fruits and vegetables. When fruits and vegetables are canned a lot of sugar and salt is added in the process. You don't want to feed your infant extra sugar and salt, not to mention any chemicals that may have been added.

Hopefully, you can see that not only is it best for your infant to prepare the baby food yourself, but it will save money that you can use for other things and it is very uncomplicated. Before you reach for the baby food jars the next time you're in the grocery store, remember to go to the fresh produce section first and choose bright, colorful, and nutritious fruits and vegetables to feed your baby instead.

Make Your Own Baby Food and Give Your Baby the Best!

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      Debhsmomof4 7 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks, Peter. As a parent for 24 years, I've discovered the biggest challenge to getting your kids to have a healthy diet is grandparents. Although well meaning, grandparents love to give their grandkids treats loaded with sugar. Oh well... :)

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      peter101 7 years ago

      I found your hub very informative and to the point on why and how to prepare wholesome fresh food for the little ones.

      They really do develop good eating habits when you give them homemade food from an early age.


      Peter 101