The recommendations for babies’ nutrition are always evolving and this keeps the baby food manufacturers on their toes. They need to keep track of all of the new trends like pro-biotic food and keep their jars interesting enough for the parents looking for healthy wholesome food for their babies. For a busy parent, buying the baby food ready might be a time saver but in reality it isn’t all that difficult to fix the baby food at home.
Different Types of Baby Food
Different ages demands different types of food and with a baby this can change within weeks and even days depending on the development of the child. For the first solids you can offer cereal and an indication that this is OK is that your baby is strong enough to hold his head up by himself. He will also open his mouth to a spoon and he won’t spit the food out but simply swallow it. This can happen by 4 months but sometimes it can happen even after 6 months. Remember that there is no either or. You can continue with breast milk or formula till the baby is truly ready to eat mostly solid foods.
Organic Baby Food
Organic foods are made without the pesticides, chemical fertilizers, antibiotics and growth hormones. If you choose organic baby food you could very well save your baby of these scary sounding ingredients. When it comes to the actual nutrition studies haven’t been able to show that organic baby food is better than the regular one.
Fruits, vegetables, grains, and even mashed meat can become excellent organic baby food if you make it yourself. Try one of each kind before you start exploring with mixing different types of foods. If your baby says “no thanks” to begin with you can always try again a month later to see if his taste buds have developed.
Make your own baby food
Good fruits for your own baby food include apples, bananas, apricots, blueberries (be careful with staining), mangoes, peaches, pears, and plums. Good vegetables are avocados, carrots, peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes and squash.
Frozen fruits are also a good and fast idea. Bring them out of the freezer, defrost and puree.