Introducing solids to your babies can be exciting and stressful. When our pediatrician gave us the green light to give our baby rice cereal, I starting looking into various rice cereal brands. While doing so, I came across numerous articles explaining why some families skip rice cereal altogether. With the help of those articles and advice from my fellow mom friends, I decided we would be skipping rice cereal. The main reason I came to this conclusion was because my daughter was only having breastmilk while still surpassing her doctor visit weigh-ins. I didn’t feel the need to fill her up with non-nutritional cereal while she was happy and full off of my milk supply. This was when I started exploring how to make homemade baby food.
Benefits of Rice Cereal
Many pediatricians say that rice cereal works wonders for babies who have reflux or tend to throw up after consuming milk of any sort. Rice cereal is also easy to digest and doesn’t cause allergic reactions like other foods. Although Josi was infamous for getting sick hours after feedings, we were able to fix that issue by offering 5oz bottles. This way, we could monitor how much she was eating instead of allowing her to drink until she made herself sick. If Josi had a reflux issue or problems staying full, we would have considered rice cereal a bit more. With that being said, do your homework and think about your child’s needs. Every baby is different and no one knows your baby better than you.
Benefits of Homemade Baby Food
My daughter is such a good eater and I contribute this to offering her a variety of foods at a young age. By purchasing already made baby food, your baby may only like foods with the same consistency, taste, and texture. Even if you offer your child similar homemade food variations, you can add different spices that will result in an increased taste palette. Homemade baby food is also less processed, more nutritious, and in the long run, will save you money.
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Homemade Baby Food Systems
Once we ruled out rice cereal, I began looking into all the baby food options. I started researching all the different companies that offer baby food and how to make my own from home. After completing my due diligence, I decided I wanted to make my baby homemade options. Eventually, my research led me to check out different baby food makers and the best ways to store my homemade creations.
BEABA Babycook Plus 4 in 1 Steam Cooker & Blender
I came across the BEABA Babycook Steam Cooker and blender. This system has a patented steam heating system and allows you to steam a variety of foods simultaneously. The BEABA Babycook Steam Cooker & Blender would be perfect for parents looking to make homemade baby food right on the spot. This system turns raw foods into any stage of baby food in 15 minutes. Unlike other feeding systems, BEABA Babycook can steam and blend food so no other kitchen tools are not needed. It is also dishwasher friendly, so it makes for an easy cleanup. If you are looking for a system that can do all the heavy lifting, this is the machine for you. No other kitchen tool is needed so you will spend more time with your baby and less time cleaning up.
Infantino Squeeze Station Baby Food Maker
A friend of mine told me about the Infantino Squeeze Station Baby Food Maker. This system helps you store homemade purees into freezable pouches. The Infantino Squeeze station comes with three tubes, a press, and ten pouches. Once you have your homemade food ready to store, all you have to do is ‘fill, press and squeeze.’ I would write on the front of each pouch that was stored inside and the date it was made.
Since my daughter was a huge fan of her baby food, I purchased additional pouches so I could stockpile a couple weeks of food at a time. I also purchased Infantino’s Spoons that were designed to screw onto the top of each pouch. These spoons worked perfectly and made mealtime easier for us.
Unlike the BEABA babymaker, this system doesn’t have the machinery to steam and blend your baby food. However, since we already had a Ninja, I decided to use that instead of purchasing another kind of blender. Although this route was a bit messier and added some additional clean up, in the long run, it saved us a lot of money.
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Explore Your Baby’s Palette
Before I started stockpiling away my homemade baby food, I spent a couple of weeks introducing new foods to our daughter. I highly recommend exploring your baby’s palette before taking the time to make and freeze your homemade pouches. This way, you’ll get a feel of your babes’ palette. Every three days, I would offer my daughter something new to make sure she wasn’t allergic to anything. Luckily for us, Josi had no issues with allergies to foods.
Taste Buds are Constantly Changing
Your child’s taste buds are constantly changing. With that being said, I highly recommend continuing to offer your baby foods that they initially rejected. Don’t be discouraged if your baby doesn’t take to liking to certain foods. Instead, give it a week or so and try it again. I remember Josi despising carrots, eggs, and squash but now she loves them all.