Why make homemade baby food? You don’t have to be a master in the kitchen to make your own baby food. While convenient, commercial baby foods may lose vitamins and nutrients during processing, as well as the “yumminess” that can make your baby excited to try new foods and combinations. These 21 simple recipes are fast, inexpensive, and — best of all — could be more nutritious than foods that have been sitting on a grocery store shelf.
Is your baby ready for solids? In their 2012 publication, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting until 6 months to start adding in solid foods, but some people start as soon as 4 months as long as certain developmental stages have been reached. According to a 2013 study, babies who started eating some types of solid foods by 6 months old had a reduced risk of allergies and asthma. It’s most important that the baby can sit upright and hold their head up. It’s also important that they show signs of interest in solid food. Once you’ve gotten the okay from your child’s pediatrician, you’re ready to bring on baby’s first foods!
A few things to keep in mind
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A few things to keep in mind when thinking about baby food:New eaters only need about 1 to 2 tablespoons of a food, so keep portions small.Be on the lookout for allergies, especially when feeding your child foods that contain common allergens. Common allergens include eggs, peanut, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish.The newest evidence shows there is no benefit in delaying introducing these foods beyond 6 months or to introducing foods in any particular order.Most of all, don’t forget to have fun!Some people prefer to go organic, wild, pastured, and grass-fed whenever possible. Some foods may be higher in pesticide residue, including:
4 to 6 months old
When your baby is 4 to 6 months old, you’ll want to use simple, single-ingredient purées. This can help you to spot and identify a food allergy or sensitivity. Once you have proven your child’s tolerance to individual foods, you can try combinations to enhance flavor and likability.
1. Pea purée
Peas are a small yet mighty source of nutrition, packing vitamins A and C, iron, protein, and calcium. If the skin of the peas makes the texture less appealing for your child, make sure to strain them to make it as smooth as possible. View the recipe.
2. Banana purée
Often called a “perfect” food, bananas are rich in potassium and fiber. Bananas are also known as one of nature’s own antacids and are very gentle on the stomach. Although bananas are one of the best first foods for babies, be careful not to overdo it. Too much banana can cause constipation. View the recipe.