Baby food recipes
Baby food recipes to make weaning your baby easy! Weaning your babies doesn't have to be hard. We've got lots of ideas for healthy, homemade baby food they'll love and ways to encourage them to eat...
Ensuring your baby has the best possible start in life has a lot to do with their diet. Making your own baby food will help keep your little one happy and healthy throughout their various stages of development and you'll be more relaxed knowing exactly what you're feeding them.
The process which most packaged baby foods are put through end up destroying the majority of healthy vitamins and minerals in the fruit or veggies, not to mention any other preservatives, salt or sugar that they add.
Making your own, from fresh ingredients, ensures everything is as good for your little one's tum as it possibly can be, making sure they get plenty of nutritional support to aid their development. Babies are very busy little people, doing loads of exploring, growing and crawling so need lots of energy remember!
Here's our top list of things to remember when making your own baby food:
1. Try different textures
The texture of what you're feeding is another point for homemade over shop bought. When you buy baby food there will no doubt be a uniform texture, smooth and a little mushy. You're in control of the texture when it comes to making your own baby food. As your little one gets used to new flavours you can start to alter the texture too, gradually introducing a rougher mash - this will encourage their chewing which in turn helps to stimulate their jaw muscles.
2. Try different flavours
Introducing your baby to a variety of flavours from a young age may help avoid picky eaters when they start to eat non-baby foods, making your life a lot easier in the long run. It is easy to stick with what you know your baby likes when you're tired, we know how it feels, but don't give up with finding new flavours to try with your little one.
3. Perseverance is key
Perseverance will pay off, with some experts saying that it can take between 12-15 times of introducing a food to a child before they will like it - they don't make it easy for us do they? Little and often is the key, keeping the new flavour included in their diet regularly. Another point to note is that it can be good to include new flavours with old favourites, pairing them with something familiar will encourage your baby to try it.
4. Be smart when you store it
You don't have to make a new batch of baby food for every meal, you can make it ahead, as long as you store it properly. Store in clean plastic or glass containers, ice cube trays or freezer bags in small portions which are easy to defrost when needed. Ice cube trays are a great size for babies who are just starting on solids and they can be popped out individually when needed - perfect!
To make the baby food itself, it's really easy. Here are our top tips for preaparing it:
- If making purees or mashes from fruit and veggies always make sure to wash them thoroughly to get any nasty pesticides or bacteria from the skin.
- Always check the use by date of your ingredients so as not to upset your baby's little tummy.
- Keep meat at the bottom of the fridge to avoid cross contamination with your fruit and veggies.
- At mealtimes always remember to defrost baby food thoroughly, if using made ahead food from the freeze.
- Heat the food until it is piping hot throughout to kill any unwanted bacteria. Remember to let the food cool, once heated, to warm before serving.
- Always use separate utensils and chopping boards for meat, fish and vegetables.
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