If your baby is ready for real food, here are some of the basic supplies you’ll need to make homemade, healthy baby food.
I make my pureed baby food on the weekend and then freeze in ice cube trays for easy portions during the week at daycare. The baby blender is optional, but the reason I really like it is because it’s smaller than normal blenders and easier to wash.
- Baby Blender
- Ice cube trays with covers
- Cups with lids
- Baby oatmeal and cereal
- Organic fruits and veggies
NOTE: Baby food can be started any time between 4 - 6 months. It shouldn’t replace breastfeeding or nursing. Talk with your pediatrician before you start!
The Right Mix
For baby’s first foods, mix them with breastmilk or formula for a looser consistency that baby likes. Start with yellow and orange fruits and veggies first since they’re easier to digest (e.g. sweet potatoes, carrots), and then work up to the greens (e.g. spinach, broccoli).
Watch for Allergies
Feed your baby only one food at a time. And do the same food for a day or two. Watch for any signs of allergies like swelling around mouth, rashes, breaking out on the face or diaper area, distress, etc.
Once you know there are no allergies, you can start mixing together the basic favorites, like bananas and green beans. Mmmmm!
Steer clear of anything that might create gas for your baby like onions, garlic, seasoning, butter, dairy, etc, until they're a little older. Also citrus isn't really something recommended for babies, so skip the oranges, lemons, grapefruits for now too.
If you’re ready to start making your own creations at home, read our next blog “Homemade Baby Food - 5 Simple Steps” for simple directions to follow for blending and freezing your baby food.
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