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A Case For Homemade Baby Food

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A Case For Homemade Baby Food

According to this research- commercial baby foods don’t meet infants’ dietary needs when they are weaning from breast milk or formula. Apparently they contain way too much sugar, which you can omit when you make your own. http://www.doctorslounge.com/index.php/news/hd/40779

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  1. What a great article! As a first time parent, I was excited about making baby food for our son. I knew that I wanted him to get a variety of fresh fruits and veggies, and the best way to do this was to make it myself. Making food for baby at home allows him/her to try many different foods. It’s pretty hard to find kale in a baby food jar at the store, but easy to purée some from your own dinner plate! I think eating such a variety of food has helped my son to eat well, even through the toddler years.
    It may seem intimidating at first, but it’s really not very hard to make your own baby food. You don’t need all of the fancy equipment, just a steamer and something for pureeing (immersion blender, bullet, food processor, etc.). It was even fun coming up with new food combinations that he liked. One favorite was kale, apples, and onions. Another favorite at our house is yogurt. many yogurts made for baby have added sugar, so we started making our own. Plain yogurt with mashed banana (or any pureed fruit) plus vanilla and cinnamon is quick and yummy. While the convenience of commercial baby food is great sometimes, the amount of sugar and lack of nutrients in many “baby” items make me happy about my decision to make food at home!

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    1. Glad you liked the article. And agreed that making baby food is overwhelming in theory, but actually quite easy. I used to cook twice a month for L. and freeze the food in small portions. It really took less time than trips to the store!

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  2. I’m always so impressed by families who make their own foods! From what you all are saying it seems like a little prep goes a long way. I bet you could find other moms in your playgroups to swap food with too. Someone could make a bunch of apples, another family steamed carrots, etc. Or you could have a baby food making party!

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    1. That is such a smart idea!

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  3. I started making my own baby food when my 2nd child was born and wouldn’t have it any other way! I love knowing exactly what’s going into their little bellies 🙂

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