Homemade Baby Food; Why I chose to make my baby’s food
Baby O is 6 months old! We chose to delay solids until six months of age with both the children. Now the time has come, and I have been so excited to put our new baby bullet to the test. Last week I made my son homemade baby food. I think it’s safe to say he is a fan.
There is no right or wrong way to introduce solids, only when and what. Some recommend you can start straight into fruits and vegetables. I have heard moms say to begin with vegetables first, as sweet fruit may keep babes from enjoying veggies. Others prefer baby led weaning. However, it is no longer recommended to begin with grains, especially rice cereal.
Dr. Frank R. Greer, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’s Committee on Nutrition, says that
Complementary foods introduced to infants should be based on their nutrient requirements and the nutrient density of foods, not on traditional practices that have no scientific basis.”
It is beneficial, and will soon be recommended, to skip grains and rice as a first food. Baby can start straight into fruits, vegetables, and meats.
Two reasons I prefer homemade baby food
- It is cheaper
Given my slightly crunchy ways, the main reason I prefer my instant-granola brand of crunchiness is because it’s cheaper. A five ounce container of Gerber peas averages to $1.40 for 5 oz. Or 28 cents an ounce. Comparatively, a 16 oz bag of frozen peas is $0.99. This yields about 20 oz of baby food, which breaks down to $0.05 an ounce. Ounce for ounce (and if your baby is an eater like O, that’s a lot of ounces), making baby food is cheaper, every time.
- It is healthier
Commercial baby foods made now are loaded with filler. When you make the food, you know exactly what your baby is getting. Pure fruits, vegetables, and meats. I like to add breast milk to O’s puree’s. Water or even formula can be used as well. Either way, you won’t have to worry about any nutrient deficient fillers. Fruits and vegetables are steamed or roasted yourself. Store bought baby food has to be cooked at extremely high temperatures. This allows the jars to have a long shelf life. It also depletes the foods of nutrients.
Besides, have you ever tasted jarred baby food? Nasty. There are entire baby shower games dedicated to guessing which food is what. No wonder we are raising generations of babies who have aversions to fruits, vegetables, and meats. The first foods we are giving our babies taste nothing like the actual thing! I will take the taste of homemade baby food any day!
Do you or anyone you know make homemade baby food? Or do you prefer the jarred food? What myths have you been led to believe about starting your baby with solids? Talk to us and let us know what you thin think!
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