Watching your baby grow to a point where they are now ready for solid food can be exciting. However, this only means that a new journey has begun and you should know how to prepare some healthy foods for the little one and do it properly. When dealing with baby food, a few things should always be considered as a matter of importance. These have to do with food safety, nutritional value, and satisfaction.
Making your baby’s food at home can be enjoyable but this also comes with some challenges which you should learn how to navigate. However, the process isn’t difficult and anyone of us can do it successfully with a little bit of guidance. Here are 7 valuable tips for healthy baby food preparation.
Always start with fruits and vegetables
During the early stages when introducing your baby to solid foods, fruits and vegetables are the best recommended. This is because they are healthy and easily tolerable to the stomach plus the weak stomach will be able to digest them with ease.
You should consider fruits and vegetables such as pawpaw, watermelon, pumpkin, spinach and green peas during the first few days or weeks and then introduce others such as bananas and avocados. Just make sure they are thoroughly mashed and smoothly pureed and then sieved to remove anything that can choke the baby. The early foods should have sweet and natural flavors which will help the baby fall in love with them.
Organic foods are good because they are not exposed to harmful pesticides. As such, they are the best option to consider when introducing your baby to solid foods. You should consider those which are already certified or the ones you grow in your own farm. As mentioned earlier, food safety is very important when preparing healthy foods for your baby and this goes beyond your kitchen. Always consider organic foods. If you can’t afford such, consider washing your fruits and vegetables thoroughly in vinegar water before cooking.
Make cleanliness a priority
Baby food should maintain a high level of cleanliness right from preparation to cooking to storage. You must make sure that the chopping boards, bottles, plates, and spoons are thoroughly cleaned to destroy any contaminants and bacteria likely to affect your baby’s health. Always remember that your baby’s immune system is still developing and they are vulnerable to harmful orgasms found in these items and foods as well.
If you are dealing with fruits, always remember that these won’t be cooked or exposed to high temperatures and therefore any bacteria and contaminants have no chance of being destroyed if cross-contamination happens during the preparation process. You should also wash your hands thoroughly before handling the baby’s food.
Half cooked foods can be harmful to your baby. As such, you should make sure that your baby’s food is thoroughly cooked so as to kill any harmful bacteria. Also it kills other orgasms likely not to be eliminated during washing. You could choose to cook your baby’s food in a toaster oven. Since it generates high temperature capable of destroying the orgasms and cooking the food completely. You may be wondering, well, what is the best toaster oven? To answer this, reading a few user reviews could be helpful but it’s good to consider one that has the best features but at an affordable price.
Prepare in bulk
When preparing baby food, going bulk really helps when it comes to time and money. You should consider preparing a lot of foods (not for more than 4 days) and then store them in small portions in a freezer.
If you are giving your baby baked apples, cooked carrots or pumpkins, you can store them in silicone ice cube trays. Remember, never freeze raw foods such as avocados or bananas. You can defrost the foods in a conventional/toaster oven but don’t use a microwave. If the baby doesn’t finish the food, please discard of it.
Avoid mixing too many ingredients
When introducing your baby to solid food or even in the early stages, it is important to limit the number of ingredients used to only 2 or 3. This is very important even when feeding them with porridge. Because it will make it easier for you to watch out for any allergic reactions. Your baby’s system could easily react to a certain food ingredient and mixing. So many of them will only confuse you or even make matters worse.
Avoid sugars and high-calorie foods
Don’t be tempted to give sugary foods to your baby in a bid to encourage them to eat. These are bad for his or her health and could affect you baby’s teeth at any given age. High-calorie foods are also harmful and could result in weight gain. Avoid them.
These 7 tips will help you not only to get started but also to feed your baby with healthy foods as they grow up. As you progress, just introduce your baby to what they need according to their stage of growth.