Once your baby starts eating solid food, you will need to either make baby food at home or buy it from the store. Most doctors recommend starting to feed your baby with solids after they are 6 month old. Most mothers find it a better option to prepare their own baby food at home rather than buying them from stores for a number of reasons:
When you make food at home, you can ensure that it is made from fresh ingredients in contrast to the baby food in the stores for which you have no guarantee to the freshness of the ingredients. Fresh fruits and vegetables can be pureed for the baby using a baby food processor.
2. Saves money
Another advantage of making baby food at home is that it will cost far less than buying special baby food from the market. At home you do not have to buy any special ingredients. You can use the same ingredients that you use for your family to feed the baby after pureeing them.
3. Control over the ingredients
In addition to saving money, by making baby food at home you have more control over the ingredients you want to feed your baby with. You, being the parent, understand the needs of your child best. You know which nutrients your baby needs and if your child has any food allergies. By making food on your own you can choose the ingredients with care to provide your baby with the necessary nutrients. If your baby has a food allergy, you will avoid putting that ingredient in their food. This control over the ingredients is not possible with baby food from stores.
4. Contains no preservatives
Baby food available in the market contains preservatives to make them last longer. Preservatives, however, are not good for baby’s health. Baby food made at home would be free of any such preservatives and thus a far healthier option for your baby. You can make your homemade baby food last longer too by storing it in the freezer. This method of increasing the life of baby food is healthier than by using preservatives.
You might think buying food from the store is far easier than making food. However, baby food processors available readily in the market nowadays make this task very easy and most suitable for working mothers. Most baby food processors have steaming and blending capabilities to steam harder foods before pureeing them. With these baby food processors you can make surplus food to be stored in the freezer and used for 2 to 3 months. This way you will not have to go through the trouble of making food every day.
Feeding your baby with homemade meals will help keep your baby healthy and develop his taste for fresh organic food rather than processed ones. With a taste for fresh foods your baby will grow up to adopt a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet.