Homemade baby food - benefits and recipes

July 08, 2019
All mothers want what is best for the babies. And when it comes to nutrition, we all want to believe that the foods we select are the best. And the best means natural, healthy, and organic food. There are a lot of baby food brands that will claim this very same thing. We have to accept these claims based on trust, but it does not hurt to prepare homemade baby food instead, or as much as possible so that you can know for sure what it is that your little one eats.

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By making baby food at home, you are setting the baby on the path to be a healthy, happy and adventurous eater. It sure can be tempting to buy the jarred foods, but you will be so impressed and proud that you are giving your baby the best start in life, especially because of all the benefits.

Benefits of homemade baby food


Although it is not always possible to use only homemade baby food for your little one, it does have advantages and benefits. I have used both jarred and homemade baby foods for both of my children.  I was a mom who worked outside the home at the time, and I was also less confident about my knowledge of infant nutrition. Unfortunately, the parenting gig is all about on-the-job-training.

Now, to the benefits of making baby food at home vs store-bought baby food:-


  • Homemade baby food is more delicious and nutritious - factory-made and jarred baby foods are subject to heating at extreme temperatures to kill bacteria. Consequentially, this kills most of the nutrition as well. By contrast, when you make baby food at home, you are able to use in-season fruit and vegetables, as well as other organic ingredients. This helps you retain both the taste and nutrition of the food.  My son still loves fruit because he got used to the preservative-free purees when he transitioned to solids.
  • Homemade food has no preservatives, this means they retain more nutrients. The store-bought baby foods are often thickened with starches in order to preserve them and to bulk them up, but they lack real flavor from the real foods in them. Homemade meals are just simply the best for introducing your baby to solids. All you do is puree your portions.
  • Making your the baby's food at home is cost-effective.  I recall how I used to make my niece pureed potatoes, with peas and finely shredded chicken breasts! She got to eat the same meals as the rest of the family.
  • Unlike the store-bought variety, homemade foods have different textures and tastes which makes them pleasant and interesting for the baby. A baby who gets used to homemade food is unlikely to become a fussy eater. The transition between baby and adult food becomes easier.
  • Homemade food for the baby saves time as you prepare it together with the rest of the family's. You will save even more time as you cook the baby food in batches and freeze it for future use.
  • Good for the environment: The disposable packaging that commercial baby foods are stored in aren’t nearly as earth-friendly as your reusable dishes. All you need to do is to buy good quality dishes and containers that can last a long time. You also save money by making your own food because you get more nutrients for your dollar. Making your own baby food isn’t that complicated – you just need the right tools.

A few homemade baby food recipes


I will have a separate post dedicated to homemade baby food recipes, but I thought I'd share a few on this post so that you can get started.

A good blender, or a baby food maker is sufficient for you to make these easy recipes.


I love this idea of a chicken casserole for babies. Baby food should not be limited to fruits and vegetables only:

1. Homemade baby chicken casserole

You will need:

2 tablespoons olive oil
3 celery sticks diced up
1 onion chopped finely
900 ml chicken stock with low salt (can also use vegetable stock)
3 chicken breasts diced up
3 carrots peeled and diced up
4 potatoes peeled and diced up
2 tablespoons tomato puree
2 parsnips peeled and diced up

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Heat up the oil in an oven dish at medium heat so you can sauté your onion and celery until they are soft.
  • Add the chicken breasts to the pan, and allow to sauté for around 3-4 minutes.
  •  Add the potatoes, carrots, tomato puree, and parsnip.
  • Then pour the stock over, bring everything to boil.
  • Cover with a lid and allow to cook in the oven for about 45 minutes so that the veggies are nice and soft. Blend up to a puree for baby. How delicious and nutritious is that!

2. Banana Puree

This is a quick homemade banana puree for your baby.  All it needs is a sliced banana, as well as your baby's milk (formula or breastfeeding), mashed together.  It is perfect for introducing your little one to solids.


3. Carrot puree 

I found this baby puree to be simple to put together. Visit this site to learn more.


These are just the basics of getting started on homemade baby food. I hope they are of help to you and your little one. Do pin or share for others' benefit.

Homemade baby food


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