The Basics of Health Baby Food
more choices than ever when it comes to baby food. What you choose to feed your
baby depends on numerous factors, including what food your baby prefers, what
nutrients they need, and their age. Ultimately, it’s up to parents to decide
what’s best for their baby and family.
different ages require different types of foods. Many of the larger baby food
manufacturers, such as Gerber, label baby foods with numbers that correspond to
a baby’s development. Generally, the youngest babies eat stage 1 foods that are
cereal-based or fruit and vegetable purees. These foods have been entirely
liquefied. Stage 2 foods have a thicker, less watery consistency, while stage 3
foods generally contain soft solids. Babies slowly progress from stage 1 to 3
as they grow and develop.
parents are adopting organic foods that may be healthier for a child’s
development, the most important things to keep in mind is not just the
production, but the content of food. Babies should be exposed to fruits and
vegetables as much as possible, rather than baby foods that use filler
important to introduce new flavors one by one to make sure that there are no
negative reactions or allergies associated with a specific ingredient. In order
to be sure, it’s best to use single ingredient foods rather than blends when
trying new foods for the first time. It’s also recommended that you serve the
same food consecutively for four days in a row to ensure that a food is well
tolerated by your baby.
Storing Baby Food
can keep for a long time before they are opened. Go by the “use by” date on the
package to make sure the food is fresh. Make sure that there are no leaks or
breaks in the sealing of food jars before eating. Once a jar of baby food has
been opened, it’s best if the food is consumed within a day of opening. If you
plan on saving baby food after it has been opened, refrigerate it and then use
a separate spoon to feed your baby. This will ensure that bacteria from your
baby’s mouth do not contaminate the food you save for later.
Making Your Own Baby Food
parents have begun to make their own baby food, either to save money or because
they believe it’s healthier for their child. If you plan on making your own
baby food, make sure to research any food you plan to prepare. There are
numerous sites available that detail the best and healthiest ways to prepare
food for your child. After you decide on a food, consult your pediatrician.
your baby a homemade baby food without being absolutely sure that both the
ingredients and method for preparation are healthy for the child. One of the
main advantages of making your own baby food is that you control each and every
ingredient being served to your child.
Organic Baby Food
of making your own baby food is to ensure that the food is high quality and
organic. However, there are also many options of pre-made organic food
available at health food stores. While organic food may indeed be healthier,
the production of baby food is monitored very closely. All baby food must
adhere to federal guidelines and any baby food sold in stores has been deemed
safe for consumption. Whether or not you wish to serve exclusively organic
food, a combination of organic and non-organic, or regular store-bought food is
a personal choice.