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Why You Should Make Your Own Baby Food

Fresh organic peas make great baby foodBy Kristin Sidorov
Homemade baby food has many advantages. It’s economical and environmentally friendly, and it helps bring up baby with a healthy appetite for nutritious foods. Think it’s too time consuming? Getting started is easier than you may think: with just a few tips and tools you’ll be whizzing up these recipes faster than you can make a grocery list.

By using wholesome ingredients and monitoring how and when your baby discovers new tastes and textures, you can help get your little one set up for a lifetime of great food habits. Just be sure to always check with your doctor before changing your child’s diet. Food schedules are as essential to baby’s health as the ingredients.

Homemade Brown Rice Cereal (Weelicious)
Yummy Vegan Purees: Carrots, Beets, Lentils, and more (Chef and Steward)
Great Basic Purees: Apple, Sweet Potato, and Butternut Squash (Pennies on a Platter)
Pear, Green Bean, Chicken and Sweet Pea Purees and more: Nutrition Suggestions for Baby’s First Year (Chow)
Pear and Apple Puree with Quinoa Cereal (Culinary Musings)
Healthy, Baby-Approved Purees: Baked Cinnamon Apple and Prune, Zucchini and Potato, Peas with Mint, Sweet Potato, and more (Honest Fare)
Tomato, Cauliflower, and Carrot with Basil (Annie Eats)
Squaccoli Puree (Squash and Broccoli) (Nurture Baby)

Also, try mashing up avocado or banana for a great, healthy raw treat for your baby. They’re full of nutrients, protein, and vitamins.

More Tips on Baby Food:
Tips on Storing Baby Food (Wholesome Baby Food)
Tips on Freezing Baby Food (Weelicious)
Healthy Meal Plan Chart for Babies (Super Healthy Kids)
Bringing Up Baby Vegetarian (Tips on Life and Love)
Techniques, Prep Tips, and Advice for Homemade Baby Food (Nurture Baby)


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