Rather than to spend money on purchasing baby food, read these tips and prepare homemade baby food.
In addition that you’ll save money by preparing porridge in your home, you will help your baby to get used to the variety of foods that eat other family members and the best of all you’ll know exactly what is contained in porridge which your baby is eating, right?
- Choose the right equipment
Before starting with the preparation of baby food, obtain the appropriate equipment that will greatly facilitate this work. Buy a high quality blender for pureeing, special baking dish that you will use only for the preparation of baby food, jars or plastic containers for storage or ice trays. In one word provide yourself.
- Buy quality products
When it comes to fruits and vegetables for baby food necessarily buy at trusted manufacturers, avoid supermarkets. Choose fresh and if possible unsprayed produce, if there is not fresh in that season, freely use frozen, that will not harm the baby.
The best fruits with which you should start feeding your baby are apples, bananas, and later apricot blueberries, peaches, pears, plums and mango. From vegetables start with carrots, peas, potatoes and zucchini.
- Reduce exposure to nitrates
To avoid exposure to nitrates use bottled water for cooking and use food immediately. Vegetables and fruits as long as are standing in the frozen form, the nitrate levels are increasing. So if you will not immediate consume the foods, freeze them as soon as possible.
- Food preparation
Vegetables and fruits needed a good wash, then boil in water or steam until tender enough to be passaged. To facilitate grinding vegetables, you can use a little water in which was cooked or breast milk.
With vegetables you can also mix grains like quinoa or millet, but it is recommended for older babies.
When it comes to meat, choose chicken or veal without skin and fat, cook and grind together with vegetables. For babies who have teeth it is advisable to cut the meat into small pieces, do not grind it.
- Additional tips
-Babies always give food no warmer than body temperature.
-Be careful if you heat food in the microwave, mix it well and try that is not too hot, especially in the middle.
-Pack only one meal in a jar, throw the rest and do not refreeze.
-Do not add sugar.
-You can spice the food with fresh herbs, but in small quantities.
-The rest of the food can be stored in the refrigerator in closed containers for several days, and if you freeze, then you can keep for 6-8 months.