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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tips for Making Homemade Baby Food



     A growing trend in parenting is making your own homemade baby food. There are many resources on the web and at your local library, but here is a few tips to get you started.
    
     According to webmd.com, making your own baby food is a great choice for many different reasons. A few of the reasons are, it's more economical, you know exactly what your baby is being fed, and your baby can get used to eating what the family eats, just in pureed form!
    
     Some of the tools you will need to make your own baby food can be found around your kitchen.     These include:
     * Blender
     * Ice Cube Trays
     * Freezer Bags
     * Strainer
     * Masher ( like a potato masher from when you are making mashed potatoes)
     * Permanent Marker
     * Food Processor if you want to get fancy
    
     A simple approach to making homemade baby food is to choose a fruit or vegetable, and cook it using either a steamer, microwave, baking, or boiling. Strain the liquid out. Puree the food. Then add the liquid you saved ( don't add liquid from carrots, this contains extra nitrates, use water instead!). You may also use breast milk or formula!
 
     Once it is nice and thin ( your preference for whatever age your baby is) you just add it to ice cube trays. Then you have nice cubes of homemade baby food to thaw out for your child to use. Once the cubes are frozen in the ice cube trays, you can pop them out and put them in freezer bags for easier storage. Make sure to add the date it was made and what it is ( that's what the permanent marker is for!) To be safe, use the frozen baby food within 3 months.
    
     To thaw the cubes, take as many cubes as you need to feed your baby, then place them in a storage container with a lid and place in the fridge. You may then take the baby food, place in a glass bowl, and put inside another bowl with hot water to heat. You can also use the microwave, but please make sure you research accordingly so that you don't accidently burn the food or the baby!
It's not even neccessary to heat the baby's food... most babies enjoy room temperature baby food.
    
    You can have fun mixing different foods and making up your own recipes. Remember this article is just a few tips for making your own baby food. There are countless websites that can help you along the way! The most important thing is to have fun!

Written by Momtothreebabies

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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