Make Your Own Organic Baby Food
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Making your own baby food is easy and often costs less than buying jarred baby foods. It exposes your baby to a wider variety of foods, and using fresher ingredients means that it is more nutritious. Best of all, you know exactly what's in your baby's food.
Your baby will start out by eating single grain cereals such as rice or oatmeal. Soon after, you can start to introduce one new fruit or vegetable every 3 to 4 days. Watch your baby carefully for signs of an allergic reaction, typically a rash known as eczema. Strawberries, oranges, and tomatoes are usually the culprits You will probably want to avoid strong tasting foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, and onions as well.
After a month or two, you can start combining fruits and vegetables such as squash and apples with oatmeal cereal, or blueberries and pears with rice cereal. Most babies prefer fruits and vegetables that are naturally sweet such as peas, green beans, carrots, sweet potato, squash, blueberries, peaches, apples, pears, bananas and avocados. Banana and avocados are not cooked, but are mashed with a fork. Breast milk or formula is usually added to make the consistency creamier.
Quantities will vary according to your baby's age and appetite. You really don't have to follow any specific recipe, just mix until the proportions seem right and adding breast milk until the consistency is thin enough for your baby to handle. When you and your baby feel comfortable with fruits and vegetables, you can introduce pureed chicken, fish, or beef to your baby.
It is important that you continue to feed your baby at least 2 servings of baby cereal fortified with iron while you are introducing new foods, especially if you are breastfeeding. Breast milk does not contain iron and by the age of six months your baby's iron reserves are nearly depleted.
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