Homemade Baby Food Tips
Making food for your baby can be convenient and easy. Here are some guidelines to follow to ensure you optimize your baby-food-making experience—and some tips to keep Baby safe.
Cook to soften
When Baby is starting to eat solids, all vegetables and fruits, with the exception of bananas and avocado, should be cooked first to soften them before mashing.
Keep it simple
Baking soda is also a no-no, as it decreases food’s vitamin and mineral content.
Avoid aluminum cookware
Don’t cook acidic foods—such as tomatoes—in aluminum cookware, since some of the aluminum could be absorbed into the food.
Don’t cook baby food in copper pots. Cooking in copper pots can reduce the
vitamin C content in food.
Utilize those ice trays
Freeze prepared baby food in ice cube trays and then store the cubes in airtight freezer bags. The cubes will then be ready whenever you need a fast individual serving.
Throw out leftovers
Don’t store uneaten portions of food in the fridge—throw them out. Saliva from your baby’s mouth can cause bacteria to grow in unused portions of food.
Skip the honey
Never give honey to a child under 12 months of age. Some pediatricians even recommend waiting until your child is more than 18 months old.
Be on the lookout for allergies
Be careful with common allergens such as peanut butter, orange juice, eggs, corn, and wheat. If your family has a history of food allergies, speak to your pediatrician about what solids you might avoid and for how long.
Avoid reheating in the microwave
Try to avoid microwaving food for your baby. Even if stirred thoroughly, some parts may remain hot and could burn your child. You can always heat food in your oven or on the stovetop.
Serve only in a bowl
Never leave your baby alone with food. Stay close during feeding time, and know how to handle a choking baby.
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