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Making Your Own Baby Food: Tips and Suggestions

Guest post by Andrew B.

Having a baby can be one of the most joyous moments of your life. Alternatively though, a baby can keep you on the edge of your seat with all of the dangers that could potentially harm your baby. From allergies that you did not know your baby had, to poisonous chemicals, everything can be a potential weapon aimed at your baby. For a little piece of mind, why not try making your own baby food? That way you would know exactly who is making it, where it is coming from, and just what exactly is in it.

Naturally, a newborn baby has no teeth to chew up food into safe enough pieces to swallow. Therefore, whenever you make baby food, you will need to make sure that the food is reduced to a texture similar to that of pudding; that way the baby can safely consume the food without choking, providing a sense of relief to the baby, and more importantly, you. Typically organic fruits and vegetables are the best option for making baby food, but a lot of parents will also use various meat and poultry. Whenever using fruit, you want to be sure that you remove the pieces that could cause choking, such as seeds, pits, etc., washing them thoroughly afterwards. As for meat, the key thing you want to remember is to eliminate the extra fat from it.

Obviously, one simply cannot smash the vegetable with a spoon. Instead, most parents opt for the aid of a food processor. If your goal is to make your baby food into the smoothest puree possible, then a food processor is the way to go, mainly because even the toughest vegetables cannot stack up to the immense pulverization delivered by the food processor. However, food processors are rather expensive, and as we all know, a baby has probably already impacted your wallet. A cheaper alternative to a food processor is a blender. Most major brands manufacture some type of blender whether it’s GE, Hamilton Beach, KitchenAid, Oster, or some other major company. Most blenders will get the job done nicely, but I have found that KitchenAid blenders seem to puree food better than others. It may just be that KitchenAid parts are a lot tougher than the competition, or it could just be another factor. Nonetheless, any blender will get the job done; the difference might be in the time it takes to puree the food. As long as you have some form of food processor or blender, as long as it is not clearly a hazardous piece of equipment, then you should be ready to puree some baby food.

You will most likely find it a hassle to break out the blender every time your baby is hungry, which is why it is recommended to make more than one serving. A popular method of storing the leftover servings is to simply freeze them in an ice-cube tray. Every time your baby is hungry, simply grab a cube from the tray and let it thaw out. Making baby food can not only prove to be more nutritious for your baby, but it will help you stay sane knowing exactly what you’re feeding your baby. The best part is that all you need is some fruits and vegetable (organic) and either a food processor or blender to get started.

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Special Thanks to My Guest Blogger, Andrew B.

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  • Bethany Rim September 27, 2011, 8:24 pm

    I was totally ready to make my own baby food while I was pregnant. Once it became a reality though it totally didn’t fit into my life/schedule/sanity. We ended up totally skipping baby food, just feeding her “adult food” slowly. We started with soft foods like banana, avocado and eventually worked our way up to things like cheerios. We mostly just fed her what we could off of our own plates. It was a natural progression.

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