Should I make or buy baby food?
Making Baby Food
This is right for you if:
- You already cook. For example, if you make a stew for you, your baby can eat some of the blended broth, meat and mashed carrots. It’s possible for you to cook only one meal from day one. In fact, we encourage it!
- You are ready to have your baby explore some food combinations you may think are weird. Babies love sweet foods, so you have the opportunity mix in bitter food. They won’t know that asparagus and apple sauce puree is weird! You have the opportunity to fully customize what your baby eats.
- You want to be in control. Once your baby gets into the swing of eating you can change the textures of his or her favorite combinations. It’s a great way to keep lots of variety. If your baby doesn’t like the food, try to blend it a bit more and try again.
- You are committed to shop local and seasonal. Again, having a baby will not change your behavior here, but your baby can eat local and seasonal just like you do. All baby food in some way is processed, so the food is most likely not coming from a local farm, picked last week.
- You want to save some money. Cooking baby food will end up being cheaper.
- You want an excuse to try new foods. We all get into food ruts. Think of vegetables you just don’t eat anymore. Maybe it’s green beans or mushrooms? You and your family have the change to try it with a fresh perspective. Remember you have until baby turns 1 to introduce as many textures and flavors you can.
- You like to plan ahead. If you have leftovers or want to make a puree batch, you can freeze it for later in an ice cube tray. This is great for those nights where you just don’t know where the day went.
- Watch out for baby food contraptions. You probably don’t need to buy anything new if you have a blender, a roast pan and something you steam things in. Remember you’ll only need purees for a few months.
These days there are so many baby food options out there online and in the store. Some are subscriptions so they just keep sending you food. You can find a combo of companies and products that fit you and your baby’s needs. Here are some tips on what to look for.
- Read the ingredient list. If it a carrot puree, please check that carrot is listed as the first ingredient.
- What about additives? If the food is shelf stable there will be additives. There are over 10,000 that are registered as safe by the FDA.
- Stages: When you and your baby are just getting started, go for the beginning stage. This is more pureed, but the flavor combos are limited. Check out the Foublie article on waiting 3-5 days for new foods. You can mix 2 kinds of purees together if you want to.
- Storage: you can keep the food if it has been opened for up to 3 days. But only if you have used a clean spoon to get the puree out. If you feed from the jar, throw it out.
- Container: We recommend finding glass if you can. For plastic, watch out for BPA and BPS. The AAP recommends avoiding recycling codes 3 (phthalates), 6 (styrene), and 7 (bisphenols) unless plastics are labeled as “biobased” or “greenware,” which means they are made from corn and do not contain bisphenols.
- Can you recycle the jars? Something to consider here, as the average family buys 600 baby food containers in the first year.
- Choose the options that are savory. Some studies report a bias to fruits and veggies that are sweet and not bitter tastes. It’s important your baby gets both.
- Don’t pay extra for good marketing. If it’s expensive it doesn’t mean it is ‘better’.
Go for a combo
In case this isn’t obvious, you can do a bit a both!
Stick with Foublie and we’ll keep giving you some ideas of what to feed in your next monthly bundle. Have fun!
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