What You Need to Make Your Own Baby Food
So you have decided to make your own baby food. Hooray! When it comes to home-prepared foods, the potential variety is limitless: you can use any fruit, vegetable or meat, say authors of Better Baby Food 2nd Edition, Daina Kalnins and Joanne Saab.
What you will need
• A food processor or handheld blender
• A wire sieve
• A potato masher
• Ice-cube trays
• Freezer bags
- Make baby food with whatever vegetables you are cooking for dinner that night. Cook extra veggies, purée or mash what you don't eat, then freeze it. Presto! Minimal extra work involved.
- An average-sized ice-cube tray will hold about 2 tablespoons (25 mL) per unit, or about 11⁄2 cups (375 mL) of baby food per tray.
- Homemade baby food can be frozen and used for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, or defrost in a container of warm water.
- Spice it up! Don't be afraid to add spices to your infant's food. There's no reason babies can't enjoy the wonderful flavors spices provide, and adding spices now may help your child enjoy a greater variety of foods later on!
- Be patient! While you are the one offering your baby a variety of foods, it is up to him to decide whether he will eat them. Let him guide you. As you introduce a new food, offer it to him on a spoon. Touch the spoon to his lips. If he is not interested or appears not to like the food, do not force the issue. Try the food again another day. The same food may need to be presented many times (research says up to 15 times!) before your infant will accept it.