Every parent wants what is best for their baby and that includes trying to make sure that once they begin to eat solid foods that the foods they are being given are as wholesome and nutritious as possible. There are dozens of options out there when to comes to pre-made baby food (the stuff in the little jars) but increasing parents are concerned about exactly what goes into it, even the organic stuff and are opting for homemade baby food instead.
The Advantages of Homemade Baby Food – As far as many parents and an increasing number of health professionals there are a number of advantages to making your baby’s food yourself, from scratch, from the first day you begin to introduce solids into their diet. Parents can make sure that they know exactly what they are feeding their children and can begin to get them used to the foods that the rest of the family eats – just in a pureed form.
By making homemade baby food parents can also vary the flavors and types of fruit and vegetables they feed their babies as well as try to make sure riot is prepared in a way that preserves as much of the vitamins, minerals and actual taste as possible. Many parents have a problem with store bought baby foods because much of it is cooked at very high temperatures, which does rob it of many of the nutrients it should actually contain.
There are downsides to making homemade baby food though. It is rather time consuming, especially compared to simply popping the lid on a jar, and it is not always the cheaper alternative either, as many parents intent on making homemade baby food find to their surprise. However for many health conscious parents the extra effort is worth it in their eyes
How to Make Homemade Baby Food – Although it is time consuming making homemade baby food is not exactly rocket science and you do not need to be a chef to create tasty food your baby should enjoy. Most parents invest in a good baby food maker and find that with the right recipes on hand making homemade baby food simply becomes another meal to prepare, just like the rest of the family’s.
Homemade Baby Food Recipes – parents who are new to homemade baby food and need a little recipe help will find that there are plenty of recipe books out there to guide them.
One book that is loved by parents and referred to by pediatricians over and over again is “The Healthy Baby Meal Planner: Mom-Tested, Child-Approved Recipes for Your Baby and Toddler” by Annabel Karmel who has actually written several homemade baby food recipe books but this 1991 book remains the standard for many. Not only does the book offer excellent homemade baby food recipes but it delves deep into the science of infant nutrition knowledge that Karmel gained after years of research with pediatricians and baby health experts from both the US and the UK.