When your child becomes old enough to start eating solid foods, you face a decision. Are store bought, jarred foods going to be good enough or are you willing to sacrifice the time and energy to jar your own baby food? Are there significant enough advantages to make it worth it? Is it as complicated as it sounds? Let’s examine some of the advantages of homemade baby food.
The biggest advantage in making your own baby food is the peace of mind that comes along with knowing exactly what your baby is eating. You choose which fruits and veggies your kid will start out with and you can ensure that he or she is getting the full nutritional value rather than fillers such as water, sugar, or starch to name a few.
Nutritional value is another concern. Baby food is cooked at very high temperatures to kill all possible bacteria, thus allowing it to be shelved for longer periods of time. The problem is, this process destroys many of the nutrients. Fresh fruits and vegetables will provide more natural vitamins and minerals that your baby needs to grow up healthy and strong. You will have to warm the food to process it properly, and rewarm it before feeding time if you freeze it; but by controlling the temperature, you can avoid cooking out all of the health benefits.
It may even save you money. High quality, organic baby foods are significantly more expensive than the cheap jarred stuff. Plus, no fillers means you baby gets the right amount of nutrition without as much volume. A lot of the cost associated with baby food is in the packaging. By reusing your own jars, you keep that expense out of feeding your baby.
But what about your time? Especially if you are balancing motherhood with a secular job, you may not feel there is time for this sort of venture. It is true that effort will have to go into making the food on a regular basis. Because you are not adding preservatives, the food will only be good for a few days. That means making food a couple of times per week. You can curtail this by making larger amounts and freezing some. There are many devices and gadgets (for example, the Beeba Babycook baby food maker) that help speed the process up, and the savings in making your own food will offset the cost of the device.
Hearing about a baby food recall is a nerve wracking experience for a parent. Knowing that your child is safely eating food that you prepare can give you peace of mind. Your child can be eating the same foods at the same time as the rest of the family. You can select organic products if you wish. There will be no fillers, artificial colors and flavors, or preservatives; and you can rest assured that your baby is getting a fully nutritious meal. The advantages are abundant and the process has been simplified. If you simply can’t handle it though, don’t feel like a failure. Spending a little extra on high quality baby food is always a viable option.