Benefits of Homemade Baby Food
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Benefits of Homemade Baby Food

Posted on Monday, February 25th, 2013 at 8:00 am
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Now that it’s time for your baby to switch to pureed solid foods, you not only have to choose among the many baby food brands, but you have to decide if you’re going to go with the store bought or homemade option. In addition to ensuring your baby eats an organic diet, making your own baby food has many benefits. Here are just a few:

It’s Easy

Sure, making your baby food can be time consuming, but it’s a pretty painless process. Baby food is essentially pureed solid foods. All you have to do is cook up your fruits or veggies in your preferred way (steam, bake, microwave, etc.) and toss the food in a blender or food processor. There are also special baby food makers on the market that you can use at home. Be sure to add water to the food to make it softer as needed. Once finished, store the foods in an ice cube tray for quick, single servings later. You can also buy easy-to-use storage containers made specifically for freezing baby food.

You Control What Goes Inside

While most baby foods on the market are safe for your little one, some may contain fillers like a lot of water or tapioca. If you opt for homemade, you get to control how much water is needed to make your food just the right consistency. You also get to mix up different foods and flavors to keep it interesting for your little one. You can also use organic fruits and vegetables that are GMO-free to ensure your baby is getting the cleanest food available!

More Nutritious

Commercially produced baby food is often cooked at an extremely high temperature before packaging to kill any bacteria. Unfortunately, that process also cooks out a lot of the nutrition. Fresher foods contain more nutrition. If you’re able to, cook your foods soon after buying, or better yet, buy them from a farmer’s market where they’re often fresher than anything you would find in a grocery store.

It’s More Affordable

When you buy jars or pouches of baby food, you’re not only paying for the food, but you’re paying for the packaging also. When you cook up your own, you can use containers you already have in your kitchen or Ziploc bags to store your foods in the fridge or freezer. You can also use a little bit of the veggies you already purchased for your adult meal to cook your baby food with. This way, you don’t need to buy that much additional food.

Here’s an Idea

Do you have friends who buy their baby food? Ask them if you can have their used baby food jars. You can easily clean them and use them over and over again to store and carry your homemade baby food! You could even give your friend a jar or two of your homemade stuff to say thanks!

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