Making homemade baby food needn't be a daunting, time-consuming endeavor. We all know that serving our little ones fresh, organic foods is the healthiest way to dine, but fire up those blenders because now there's more reason than ever to say 'yay' to homemade purees. Recent research indicates that many top brands of jarred baby food have extremely low nutrient content, and that acid added to baby food jars contributes to infant acid reflux issues. And even though most baby food is packaged in non-toxic glass jars, the vast majority is sealed with metal lids which contain BPA.
Before you invest in all of those baby food-making appliances that promise to whizz, whirl and whip up meals in a flash, it's also worth noting that new research says baby's first food should be finger food. Here are 6 healthy and organic finger foods for new eaters that are sure to please.
That said, many babies don't like even the slightest hint of texture, and are still coping with a gag reflex or have issues swallowing, so purees are a safe way to foray into feeding your little one solids. Start simple, offering baby only one or two foods at a time over the course of several days to see whether she has an allergic reaction. These simple homemade organic baby food recipes will delight tiny taste buds.
As baby's palate expands with her sense of adventure, whip up a yummy batch of homemade dal, and learn how to spice up homemade baby food, to make it even healthier and super tasty. And with the hot summer months ahead, you'll want to know how to make simple organic frozen yogurt bites, which are also great for teething tots.
Since time is of the essence for busy parents, make your purees in bulk and then freeze them for convenient future feedings. We love Mumi & Bubi's Solids Starter Kit which makes freezer storage a breeze. If you need inspiration once one meal turns into hundreds more -- check out Anni Daulter's book: Organically Raised – Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers, which guides parents in creating delectable yet doable organic meals for children ages 6 months to 3 years-old. Bon Appétit!