Making Your Own Baby Food

Making Your Own Baby Food

Homemade baby food can be quick and easy to prepare, and your baby will love it. Check out our step-by-step guide.

Your homemade brand of baby food is a tasty alternative to the store-bought varieties. Here's how to get started.

Invest in the basics. You'll need a blender or a food processor, a chopping knife, and ice-cube trays if you want to freeze extra batches.

Keep it clean. Your baby's immune system is still developing, so it’s best to wash and scrub fruits and veggies before cooking them. Keep a clean preparation surface and store food properly. Throw away leftovers in your baby's bowl.

Cook what you eat. If you're having sweet potatoes with your dinner, throw another sweet potato in the oven for your baby. Don’t add seasonings to your child's portion, and be sure to serve it lukewarm (and mashed for smaller babies) so it doesn't burn her mouth. Not all your food is suitable for your baby: wait until she's a bit older before serving spinach, beets, turnips, carrots, and collard greens.

Start small. Introduce one food at a time. Waiting at least two or three days before you introduce another helps you monitor for possible allergic reactions.

Try these proven favorites to delight your little one's tastebuds:

Apples and pears. Peel, core, and then bake or steam. Purée until smooth and serve.

Green banana. Peel a ripe banana and an avocado. Mash together until smooth (no need to cook!).

If your baby doesn't take to solids right away, don't worry too much: breast milk or formula is her primary source of nutrition for the first year anyway. For now, just enjoy introducing her to the wonderful world of food.

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Yes to Homemade

mommy 8/31/2015

I am happy doing homemade food for baby, however I am doing veggies first. Thanks for tips

Thanks for the tips

8/24/2015

I am excited to try the green banana.

Homemade is easy

8/24/2015

I love this article... I wish parents would focus more on veggies for first foods as fruit is really sweet. Babies who experience fruit before veggies may not be as eager to eat veggies.

Great article

CAA 8/23/2015

Thanks for simple and eas instructions

great article

Sunflowerlovexo 8/23/2015

tells you the basics and making food is going to be fun !

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