The Quick Guide To Making Baby Food

By Kasha Allegra

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First things first...

Should you introduce a variety of foods or stick to one at a time?

One at a time is always best because you want to make sure that you and your pediatrician can identify food sensitivities if your baby has a reaction.

*Pro-tip: Make sure you set strong rules about what your baby eats even outside of your care. Grandparents, daycare, and sitters need to follow suite for the health of the baby.

How much should your baby eat starting out?

Regardless of when your baby starts eating, 4 months, 6 months, or older, I suggest starting small. Maybe just a teaspoon amount at first. Starting out. You just want your baby to get used to the new tastes and textures.

What types of foods should your baby eat first?

This is a topic for debate. It seems if the baby is younger than 6 months, baby cereals such as oat and rice cereals tend to be a little gentler on their tummies. But, if your whole purpose is to avoid processed food, then maybe wait until the baby is 6 months old then there is no particular order. *Pro tip: Try to put emphasis on veggies because fruits aren't usually well liked.

Now on to the method of how...

What do you use to make the baby foods?

Coming from a person who owned and heavily used a baby food making system with the cute tiny blender; you can use a regular blender. It doesn't have to be more junk on your kitchen counters or another expense. I liked the baby food system but it's not a necessity. Whichever you choose to use just make sure the blender is cleaned well after use.

What's the process of making the baby food?

To me, making the baby food was easy. Choose a cooking method boil in purified water or bake in the oven. When the fruit or vegetables are done, add in more water and breast milk/formula (adding breastmilk and formula can help your baby digest the new food). Pop it all in a blender, strain out chunky pieces if you'd like, and voilá. You've got your first batch of baby food.

How to store baby food?

This part is fun for me. You can make baby food for today, the week, or even the month. Again you could have the whole system like I did but also the dollar store has small containers that double as baby food containers. If you want to make small batches of everyday the small containers can be placed in the fridge for about 3 days. If you want to do it for the week I suggest a mix of refrigerated and frozen containers. I love having about 3 days worth of baby food in the fridge ready to go and 3-4 days in the freezer, you can use ice cube trays or silicone freezer trays for these. If you are making enough for the month, I suggest using the silicone baby food freezer trays. This way once they freeze, you can easily pop them out, put them in freezer bags, label them and make some more. I love doing this process far in advance because it just takes one more thing off your plate while you are making a big transition for your baby and family.

All there is left is to go for it. Remember to offer solids one at a time, store baby food for about 3 days in the fridge, and keep note on your child's reactions to each new food.

You're ready grasshopper, go mash up some food!

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