Creating Healthy Baby Foods

When money is tight, you can always create your own baby food. Many baby foods found in stores are safe and convenient, however many contain a lot of sugar, water and starch. Homemade ones have lower amounts and are more natural.

Babies don’t need to consume solid foods until they are at 4-6 months old. Babies younger than 4-6 months old have not learned how to swallow. If they are given solid foods at any age before 4-6 months, they’ll most likely push out the solid food due to the sucking reflex of the mouth. There is also the option of forcing the food down, however if you aren’t careful, it might cause the baby to choke or gag. Once your baby is anywhere between 4 or 6 months old, it’ll be much easier to feed them solids; however make sure that the food has small lumps and is lightly textured.

The first foods for a baby have to be soft. Many health nutritionists suggest that infant rice cereal filled with iron, mixed with a baby formula or breast milk should be the baby’s first food solid food. This is because rice has a much lower chance than the other grain products to cause any allergic reactions. You can use a food processor, grinder, food mill or a basic blender to make the food softer so it’ll be easier for the baby to consume. If all of this sounds too time consuming to you, you can always use a fork. If you are having a family meal and want to feed your baby, take out a portion of the food for the baby before you add any taste to it (spice, seasoning, salt, and so forth) in case allergies are present. After a month or so of solid foods, you can begin feeding your baby small pieces of meat, fruits or vegetables.

What Age Should Babies Begin To Eat Solid Foods?

When the baby is anywhere between 4 or 6 months old, you can feed them cereal and rice mixed with formula or breast milk. When the baby is 7 months old, you can begin feeding them small pieces of vegetables. At 8 months, small pieces of fruit are acceptable. At 10 months, you can begin feeding the baby small pieces of egg yolks and meats. When your baby is 10 months old or older, you can begin feeding them dairy products such as yogurt or cheese. russian food store

Food Safety

Make you sure you prepare the food very carefully. Babies are much more vulnerable to sicknesses than toddlers or older children. Be sure to wash your hands before you make baby food and make sure that any raw foods are cooked very carefully. Make sure that the baby food isn’t left alone at room temperature for two hours or more once it’s prepared, otherwise bacteria will grow quickly. If your baby doesn’t eat, refrigerate the food.

Steps to Making a Safe, Tasty and Healthy Food

    1. Before doing anything, wash your hands thoroughly and make sure that the equipment you use is clean.

 

    1. Rinse any fruits you have before you use them and scrub the vegetables you have. Remove all pits or seeds from the fruit. For meats, remove the skin, fat, gristle, and bones. Make sure that the food is fresh and not left overs.

 

  1. When cooking the food, make sure to cook the food in water. Later, if the recipe you use asks for liquid, you can use the water you cooked. The foods can also be baked or steamed.