Babies are very delicate eaters, so we need to be careful with what we give them. Although we all live in a very fast-paced world, and grocery shelved packed with bottles of baby food, looking for healthier options to feed our babies should become our priority.
These days, not everything we see in our grocery shelves can be said to be safe, even baby food. To start with, GMO products may have been used in the preparation. Aside from that, we do not know what preservatives and other chemicals were used to keep that baby food mixture fresh for months. And with the rising prices, it all makes sense for us to look for alternatives.
This is where home-made baby foods come in. This is the simplest and healthiest (not to mention the cheapest) way to feed our babies. By giving them food that we ourselves have prepared, we can be sure of the nutrients that go in them. Aside from that, babies can discover a new world of textures and flavors when you give them food prepared at home. That is something baby foods produced commercially cannot match.
Of course, when it comes to infant nutrition, you will need to consult with your pediatrician. You can discuss with them on how to make your own baby food, as well as find out what kind of food can be given to them, and when these should be given. There are so many foods to choose from, so it makes sense to ask for professional guidance.
Try to be creative in your ingredients. The more kinds of food your child tastes, the more likely that they will come back to them later when they grow up. Once you notice that they have a preference, say, for apples, then try adding a little bit of other fruits, like mangoes, to give them variety. Even dried fruits, boiled to a glaze, can be an adventure of flavor and texture for their children. You can mix and match different fruits and vegetable, for example: carrot, squash and apple; pea, spinach and apple; and sweet potato, corn and apple.
Lastly, practice good hygiene when making baby food. Clean your hands and your utensils before handling the mixture. If you are giving raw foods, clean it well beforehand. If you are going to cook them, then thoroughly heat the mixture to kill bacteria.