It is convenient to pick up jar food for your baby at the grocery store. However, there are other important factors to consider when it comes to your little one’s food.
Here are seven good reasons to consider making homemade baby food:
- Economical. If you buy fruits and veggies in season or even frozen, it will be a cheaper option than buying prepared baby food.
- Taste. Homemade baby food is fresher, so it tastes better.
- Customizable. You can add anything your baby needs in his food (i.e. breast milk). Add plain yogurt to smooth out strong tasting foods or even mix in foods he has already rejected with his favorites. The possibilities are endless.
- Easy to Integrate with Family Meals. As you introduce solid foods to your baby, it’s easy to coordinate with your family’s meals. If you are having baked sweet potatoes with your dinner, scoop out some of the potato and puree it in the blender for baby.
- Freshness. When buying jar food, the only information you have about the original food used is the expiration date. When you make your own baby food, you can choose fresh fruits and vegetables. Try going to a farmer’s market to get the freshest produce.
- Preservative Free. Commercial baby foods stored in jars include preservatives to keep them on the shelves longer. Take a look at the expiration date on jarred food.
- Nutritious. Making homemade baby food is the most nutritious option for your baby. When you have control over the ingredients, there will be less salt, sugar, and various fillers in your baby’s food. Also, food that is not processed retains more of its nutrients.
Ready to give it a try? Here are two resources I recommend:
Mommy Made and Daddy Too!