Navigating the new world of parenting can be terrifying and overwhelming, and just when you think you have things waxed, your pediatrician turns to you and suggests that you start introducing new foods into your little one’s diet. Despite it being frightful (for us parents), this is a huge milestone and an exciting new phase for your baby, who will start exploring new textures and tastes, in the coming weeks.
Many moms have started opting for the healthier and more cost effective option of making baby food for their tots, right from the comfort of their homes. At first, I wasn’t sure if this is something that I was up for – I mean, I barely have a chance to shower let alone make baby food for the next week, but with a few quick tips, I learnt that making your own baby food not only adds to the nutritional value of every meal, but saves money (that can be used on Pampers nappies, of course!) and gives me the ability to control the thickness, texture and what exactly goes into each meal. Best of all, I can make a whole bunch of meals in one go, and store them – talk about convenience.
- Don’t feel overwhelmed – try baby food prep once and see how it goes. You might even choose to make your own baby food for home, but still keep store bought options in your nappy bag for while you’re out. Remember that you need to choose what works for you, even if that means combining homemade and store bought.
- While you’re out and about, look for new ideas and recipe combinations, by checking out the different store bought baby foods available.
- Don’t add salt, sugar, or spices to homemade baby food.
- If you can’t use fresh vegetables rather opt for frozen ones, and never use canned vegetables as they have lots of sodium and additives.
- Pro-Tip: Don’t land up with too much uneaten baby food by making big batches of baby food. Wait until your baby has shown a liking to a particular food. Believe me, you might find that he or she hates green peas or loves cauliflower. The best suggestion is to start off small and let them try a vegetable a few different times before going ahead and making bulk batches.
- Storing the food is the easiest part. Freeze the food in silicone ice cube trays, making it easy for you to just pop them out. This is great as it allows you to control the amount you want, not leaving any for waste and it is safer as glass containers might crack in the freezer.
- When warming baby food in a microwave, be sure to use the defrost cycle and stop to stir often to ensure that there are no hot spots that will burn your baby.
3 Flavour Combinations
Avocados have an amazing texture and are packed with all the right fats and oils. In fact, if you’re short on time, why not just mash up an avo and serve it like that? Avos don’t have much of a taste, so sweeten the deal with two fruits like mangoes and apples.
- 2 Peeled and Chopped Mangoes
- 2 Peeled Avocados
- 1-2 Peeled and Chopped Apples
- 1 Cup of Peeled and Chopped Carrots
- 2 Peeled and Chopped Pears
- 2 Cups of Peeled and Chopped Pineapple
This is probably one of my favourite finds, merely because I dislike green beans, myself, so found the two fruits completely hid the flavour. After all, it’s easier to get your kids to eat veggies, if you can say, “but look, mommy is eating her food too!”
- 2 Cups of Green Beans
- 2 Peeled and Chopped Bananas
- 1 Cup of Blueberries (I use the frozen ones from the grocer)
- Add water for desired consistency
How to prepare homemade baby food?
Steam your fruit and veg until everything is very soft. Remember, that it should be easy to slide your fork through the fruit or veg. Once everything is extra soft and ready for mushing, put all of the ingredients in your blender. Remember that if it is too thick, to just add water (or apple juice), to make it more runny.
If you’re wanting to make the meals more filling, add a 1/2 cup to full cup of whole grain oats.
Pampers, there from day one!
This post is proudly sponsored by Pampers South Africa. Pampers is right there with you, from day one, to celebrate every milestone with you and your baby. I choose Pampers because with them, I don’t need to sweat the small stuff – I can trust them to take care of my baby, with their extensive range of phenomenal products, that are comfortable, affordable and never compromise on quality. My tot gets to love, sleep and play, the Pampers way.
The comments on this page do not constitute medical advice. Your healthcare professional is best placed to evaluate your child’s growth and development.