15 tips for preparing baby's food yourself

15 tips for preparing baby

Although purchasing baby food might be practical, there are mothers that, for various reasons, prefer to prepare the food their babies are going to eat. If you are among them, below we offer some basic advice towards achieving this task and realizing that it doesn't need to be difficult or frustrating.

1. When you do your shopping, choose fresh organic foods or frozen fruits and vegetables; these are easier to handle and contain many nutrients.
2. Although they might be a good option, you don't need to start with cereals such as rice and oats; fruit and vegetables purees are very good and healthful.
3. Because your baby can't chew, your blender will be one of your best friends, so keep it handy and impeccably clean.
4. Wash the fruits and vegetables you are going to prepare, or maybe even peel them; this is best done while your child is adapting to to digesting solids.
5. When you make puree, add a little water so the texture won't be so dry and thick.
6. Remember that the longer vegetables are left in water the more nutrients they lose; put them in to cook when the water is already boiling.
7. You know when food is ready when it is easily pierced with a fork (7 to 8 minutes); don't over cook.
8. Depending on what your are preparing, you can mash the food with a fork; if not, use a masher or the blender.
9. Wait for the food to cool down before giving it to baby, children prefer food at room temperature.
10. You can start thickening the purees as your baby grows and becomes accustomed to the food.
11. It is best to get baby used to eating the same food you do, but avoid using too much spice and salt.
12. Every time you add a new food or ingredient, wait for a few days before adding another new one. It is easier that way to catch any allergic reactions.
13. Don't be disappointed if your baby doesn't eat everything at first. Let him try new foods at least 10 times before accepting the fact that he doesn't like them.
14. If you are going to store food, freeze it immediately so as to conserve its nutritional value.
15. When you close the bags or containers, try to remove all the air you can; that allows the food to be stored better and longer.

Although people will make a thousand suggestions, in the final analysis how and what to feed your child is your decision alone. Follow your doctor's suggestions and your own belief in what is best for your child.

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