Providing your child with natural nutrient filled foods in important in their development and the fact that you are reading this and considering making your own baby food is amazing.
One question that you might be starting to ask yourself is when do I start giving my baby solids?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that breastmilk/formula be the sole source of nutrition for you baby for the first 6 months.
If your baby has good head control while sitting in a highchair/infant chair, opens their mouth when food comes their way, tries reaching for your food, has doubled their birth weight and weighs about 13 pounds are all ways you can tell if your baby is ready to start solids.
There are a few ways you can start to introduce solids to your baby. You can puree them or you can do the Baby Led Weaning (BLW) approach which you can learn more about here.
If choosing puree's you want to start by steaming, baking or boiling your fruit/vegetables. Allow them to cool slightly and then put them into your blender or food processor.
You might have seen the different stages labeled on baby food that you can purchase at the store, these stages indicate the consistency of the food.
Just starting out you will want to make sure your puree is pretty smooth and thin as your baby gets older you can begin to make the food more thick and chunky. Adding water, formula or breastmilk to your puree are all ways that you can establish the consistency that you want. If you are making larger batches of food you can thin the food either before freezing or after, whichever you prefer.
Once you have pureed your food you can begin to freeze it or if you are making single batches allow it to cool completely then refrigerate. There are tons of different things you can use to freeze your baby food in but the easiest might be an ice cube tray, each cube is approximately 1 ounce. Once you are done transferring your food into your ice cube tray make sure you cover your tray with plastic wrap and allow these to set and freeze then transfer the cubes into freezer safe bags that are dated and labeled. These will be good in the freezer for about a month and in the refrigerator for about 72 hours.
Once your baby starts to get used to the different foods you have introduced to them you can start to having fun by mixing different flavors together. Making your own food is honestly so easy, cost efficient and so much healthier for your baby. A little bit goes a long way you can easily make a months worth of baby food in an hour.
There are tons of different recipes and idea on Pinterest that you can experiment with. Its important to remember that this is new to your baby it will take them up to 20 times of trying something before they begin to like it so just because your baby seems to not like something the first few times do not give up trying with them. Introducing your baby to a wide array of different foods early on makes them less likely to be a picky eater later in life.
Can you believe how easy this sounds?! YES it's that easy, do it you won't regret it.
**When introducing new foods to your baby you want to watch out for an allergic reactions some of those signs may be a rash, diarrhea or vomiting and you want to contact your physician.