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Whether you’ve just welcomed your first baby or you are fifth, making your own baby food is something to seriously consider. There are some really great reasons to make your own baby food, but there are definitely some downsides as well.
Let’s start with the Pros:
- Control over ingredients
- The wide variety of options
- Easier transition to table foods
- Tastes better
- Less expensive
- Less waste
Now for the Cons:
- Planning & preparation
- Storage space
- Less convenient
Given the pros and cons, making your own baby food is definitely something that’s worth giving a try. Even if it turns out that it’s not the best for your family, the investment to get started isn’t very much and the money saved over commercial baby food is high, which means you’ll actually be ahead even if you do end up going to commercial baby food, you’ll still won’t be out much!
Getting Started Making Your Own Baby Food
You really don’t need much to get started making your own baby food. Basically, you’ll need three things:
- A Baby Food Maker (electric or manual)
And of course, you’ll need the actual food that’s in your recipes!
There are recipes to be had all over – in books and online. But really it’s best to stick to simple foods, fruits, and vegetables. Here are some great ideas to start with:
- sweet potatoes
- butternut squash
Thin these foods with a bit of breastmilk or formula if need be to reach a texture that’s good for your little one. And don’t be fearful of spices. Nutmeg, a bit of cinnamon, some fresh parsley or thyme are great additions that your baby will love. One of the real advantages to making your own baby food is that you can add those delicious herbs so that the food tastes great! Do stay away from salt, as it’s really not great for your little one.
Now for the actual baby food maker. Here are some of the options out there, both manual and electric baby food makers.
Enjoy Feeding You Baby
Feeding your child shouldn’t be stressful, it should be an experience that you can both share and enjoy. Food is something that we all share, and that is one of the ways that we connect with each other. Making your own baby food is just one way to connect with them, and to share the foods that you like with them!