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A Comprehensive Guide to Making the Best Homemade Baby Food

Posted on 24 January 2018

The idea of making your baby’s food at home seems thrilling compared to buying some from the store. It might seem to be a rather complicated process due to the delicate nature of children and the fact that you ought to be very cautious with the solid foods they consume.

best homemade baby food

Here are some of the reasons that will convince you of the importance of feeding your baby on the best homemade baby food over the latter:

    • In the long run, making your baby’s food will give you and your little one a feeling of contentment.
    • It is a way of saving up. The cost of preparing homemade food for your baby is far less than the price at which you would have bought quality ready-made baby foods.
    • You will be certain of the ingredients in your baby’s food. You will most likely seek the fresh and healthy ones and you will also steer away from fillers which are a common ingredient in most commercial baby foods.
    • Homemade baby food gives you the chance to make it in the way that suits your baby’s nutritional needs in the best way possible.

Below are some simple baby food recipes you can rely on entirely to prepare some of the best homemade baby food for your little angel.

 

Apple Puree

    best homemade baby food apple puree
     
    Once you start your baby’s weaning process, begin with pure apple puree. After some time, start mixing ingredients in to broaden the kinds of foods your baby is consuming. You can add some pureed salmon, beans, or chicken to the apple puree. It will be a tasty recipe filled with goodness due to the nutrients it will have.
    Ingredients: 
    4 medium-sized apples peeled and sliced into sizable chunks.
    Procedure
    1. Add two inches of water to a medium-sized saucepan and bring it to simmer.
    2. Over the simmering water, place your steamer basket and add the apple chunks. Cover and allow them to steam for up to 15 minutes until they are tender.
    3. Remove them from the stove and let them cool slightly
    4. Transfer the tender apples to either a blender or a food processor and puree your baby’s meal to the desired consistency. You are allowed to add water if need be.
         
    Butternut Squash Puree
      best homemade baby food butternut squash puree
      Butternut squash puree is a must have baby food recipe. The question of whether your little one will like it is actually not an issue. It has been an undisputed instant hit with most babies. The best procedure for preparing it is through roasting.
      It will save you the frustration of having to peel its tough skin. In this case, I would recommend a food processor to puree the vegetable due to its dense nature and also since the puree tends to be thicker compared to the apple puree.
      Ingredients | Servings | 2 cups
      1 medium sized butternut squash
      Procedure
      1. Start off by pre-heating the oven to 425ºF.
      2. Wash your butternut squash and trim it. Cut it along the middle lengthwise and remove the seeds by scraping them out using a spoon.
      3. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the halved butternuts on the baking sheet with the cut side facing down. Place them in the oven and let them roast until they are completely tender. This will take at most 40 minutes. Use a fork to pierce them and check the tenderness.
      4. Leave them to cool until you can comfortably handle them.
      5. Spoon the butternut into a food processor and puree it to the most suitable consistency, putting into consideration your baby’s needs and age.
             
        Oatmeal
        best homemade baby food oatmeal recipe

         

        When weaning your baby, whole grains seem to be an ideal option. It is recommended to start off with oatmeal which is a wholesome choice for your baby. It has plenty of ingredients which will be of nutritional benefit to your babies such as omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and manganese. 

        When preparing an oatmeal dish for your baby, you will have to cook it using more water than you would when making some for yourself. Dilute it further with formula, water or most preferably, breast milk.

        Mash it with a fork until it attains the desired consistency. If your baby’s age is less than 7 months, you may need to consider pureeing it before feeding her on it.

         

        Conclusion

        As you can see, making the best homemade food for your baby is quite easy. I hope the article has been educational enough to leave you feeling confident about making the best homemade baby food for your baby. Try out some of the recipes we have listed, and you will give your little one the best meals. Always remember that a healthy baby is a happy baby.

        We would love to hear your thoughts! If you have other recipes on best homemade baby food, kindly share them in the comments below. 

         

        Author Bio:

        Tina Peters is the founder and owner of Topbabyadvice. She is a wife and mother of two daughters and is passionate about mothers and babies. Contact her at Tina@topbabyadvice.com or follow her on twitter @topbabyadvice. 

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