December 2nd, 2012
Quick tips and easy recipes for making homemade baby food
by: Cheryl Tallman and Joan Ahlers
ntroducing solid foods
is an important step in your baby's development. While there is nothing wrong with feeding your infant jarred baby food, many parents don't realize that making baby food at home can be quick, easy and less expensive. Here's a look at how to make your own baby food – and why you might want to give it a try.
Is homemade baby food better?
Processed baby foods may have added water, sugars or starchy fillers that could dilute the nutrient content of the actual food. The foods are also cooked at high temperatures to kill bacteria so they can be stored in jars at room temperature. This process can also destroy vitamins and nutrients, which then need to be re-added by the manufacturer. When you make baby food at home, you can cook it quickly. This process not only preserves the color and taste of the food, but maximizes the foods' nutrient content.
And have you ever compared fresh green peas to a jar of pea baby food? Even though they are the same food, they don't look, smell or taste similar. Serving fresh food from the very beginning will help your baby be more open to tasting new flavors and types of food.