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Homemade Baby Food Made Easy

If you’re wondering whether making homemade baby food is worth the effort, let us assure you – it’s absolutely worth it. Buckle up, because you’re about to embark on a journey that involves mushy vegetables, questionable kitchen experiments, and watching your little one with sweet potatoes stuck to their forehead (who knew mealtime could be this entertaining, right?)

In this guide we’ll be covering:

  • Benefits of homemade baby food
  • Choosing the right foods
  • Tips in preparing homemade baby food

What Are The Benefits Of Homemade Baby Food?

Ready to add “baby chef” to your resume? Before that, let’s talk about why diving into the world of homemade baby food is the way to go:

  • Ingredient control:  According to a report by the First Steps Nutrition Trust, nearly a third of baby and toddler foods sold in the UK are ultra-processed – potentially leading to harmful effects on children’s health. Fortunately, when you’re the chef, you’re the boss. You get to decide exactly what goes into your little one’s tummy. Say goodbye to mysterious alphabet soup ingredient lists and hello to organic fruits and veggies. 
  • Budget-friendly: Homemade baby food can be kinder to your wallet. Babies might have the taste for the finer things in life, but they don’t know the difference between a £40 puree and a £2 homemade creation (shhh, let’s keep it our little secret.) 
  • Baby bonding: Picture this – you, a chef’s hat, and your little one staring in amazement as you blend, puree, and mash their future favourite foods. It’s like Masterchef, but with a miniature, adorable sous-chef who occasionally throws mashed avocado at you.
summer acai bowl, baby food puree

Choosing The Right Foods

Before you start randomly tossing everything from your fridge into a blender, remember: not all foods are baby-friendly. Here’s a guide on selecting the best ingredients:

  • Veggie and fruit fiesta: Choose single-ingredient foods, starting with classics like sweet potatoes, apples, and bananas (sorry, complicated broccoli soufflé, your time will come.) Aim for soft and easily digestible options that can be mashed with a spoon. As your baby grows, you can introduce protein-packed foods like chicken, turkey, or lentils.
  • Colours and textures: The more colours, the merrier! Also, as your baby masters the art of chewing (cue the cute gumming action), you can move from smooth purees to slightly chunkier textures. 
  • Keep it safe and healthy: Steer clear of choking hazards like whole grapes and popcorn. We’re making memories here, not emergency room visits. Also, keep things low in sodium, as babies don’t need the extra salty jazz in their diets.
baby weaning

Tips In Preparing Homemade Baby Food

Hold onto your spatulas, folks – it’s time to get cooking! Here are some tips to make your culinary journey smoother than a well-pureed squash:

  • Gear up like a pro: Invest in a good blender or food processor that can tame even the toughest of carrots into velvety goodness. 
  • Get creative: Remember, variety is the spice of tiny palates. Mix and match different fruits and veggies to create combos that’ll make your baby’s taste buds tango. Wanna try something new? Check out NHS’s recipes and meal ideas for babies of all ages.
  • Batch it up: Spend a glorious afternoon chopping, steaming, blending, and freezing. You’ll have an army of frozen baby food cubes ready to rescue you during those “I’m too tired to cook” moments (we’ve all been there, usually around 2 AM.)
  • Don’t forget the label: Trust us, you won’t remember if that’s butternut squash or sweet potato three weeks from now. This will also help avoid confusing your gourmet creations with your partner’s homemade guacamole. 

Making homemade baby food is not just about introducing tiny humans to the world of tastes and textures – it’s about creating memories, laughter, and maybe even a food fight or two (don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone). So don that apron, whip out the blender, and get ready to impress your little food critic with the tastiest show in town. Bon appétit! 🍼🥦

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