Getting Ready: How To Make Your First Baby Food at Home

Your little one is now ready for solid food. This is one of the most exciting milestones of your baby’s first year. However, for first-time parents, making baby food is exciting and scary at the same time.

You should not be scared or nervous. Preparing your baby’s meals at home using fresh ingredients is easier than what you might think. It is also less expensive compared with buying prepared baby food. Making your own is also convenient because you can use fresh produce, meat, and grains that you already have on hand. The best of all, you know exactly what you are feeding your baby.

Making your baby’s first food is a milestone.

Making your baby’s first food is a milestone.

Choosing the Right Equipment

You need a tool to grind or to puree the food for your little one. There are different equipment to choose from like:

  • A baby-food maker, an all-in-one tool that steam, cooks, and puree fruits, vegetables, and meat. Some models can also defrost and reheat previously prepared food.
  • A blender, food processor or hand blender to puree food.
  • A baby food grinder that breaks down chunks of food like the mill.

Buying the Best Produce

Choose only the best and the freshest vegetables and fruits for making your baby’s food. Try to use what you buy within a day or two. If fresh is not available, frozen is a fine option too.

Choose the freshest and the best produce for your baby.

Choose the freshest and the best produce for your baby.

Serving and Storing the Food

Serve the food no warmer than the body temperature. Use caution if there is a need to heat meals in the microwave. Microwaves heat unevenly and can create hot spots or areas of the food that is much hotter than others. Make sure to stir microwaved foods well and let it sit for a few minutes before serving.

Do not sweeten your baby’s food too. Babies do not need any extra sugar. Never use honey as it can cause botulism or a potentially fatal form of food poisoning in babies.

If there are leftovers, refrigerate it in an airtight container and use them within a couple of days. You can also freeze leftovers in ice cube trays. After the cubes are frozen solid, remove them and store them in plastic freezer bags.

To start with, here are some homemade baby food recipes that you can try.

Airtight containers are the best ones to use when storing the excess baby food. [Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons]

Airtight containers are the best ones to use when storing the excess baby food. [Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons]

Starting with Cereals, Fruits, and Veggies

Rice Cereal

1/4 cup rice powder
1 cup water

1. In a saucepan, bring the water to boil. Add the rice powder while stirring constantly.
2. Simmer for 10 minutes while whisking constantly. Mix in the formula, breast milk or fruits if desired.

Oatmeal Cereal

1/4 cup ground oats
3/4 cup water

1. Bring the water to boil in a saucepan. Add the rice powder while continuously stirring.
2. Simmer for 10 minutes while whisking constantly. Mix in the formula, breast milk or fruits if desired.

Oatmeals are great ingredients to use for your baby’s first food too.

Oatmeals are great ingredients to use for your baby’s first food too.

Applesauce

2 to 3 pieces of apple
2 cups of water

1. Peel, core, and cut the apple into small slices or chunks.
2. Place the slices or chunks into a pan with just enough water to slightly cover the apples.
3. Boil until tender. Check the water level constantly and stir.
4. To achieve a smoother consistency, you may mash the apples with a potato masher.
5. Reserve the leftover water to use for thinning out the apples.
6. Place the apples in any appliance of your choice for pureeing. Begin the pureeing process.
7. Add reserved water as necessary to achieve a smoother and thin consistency.

Avocado Puree

1 ripe avocado

1. Peel and take out the pit of the avocado.
2. Mash the meat with a fork.

Avocado is a fruit that contains vitamins and minerals for the baby.

Avocado is a fruit that contains vitamins and minerals for the baby.

Now that you already know how to prepare your baby’s first food at home, which recipe will you try first?