Whether you're a new mommy exploring options for baby food or a veteran who has used jarred baby food and is looking for new options, you might want to consider making your own food!
I know you single and/or working mothers are saying "Who has time for that @$%*!!" but believe me, you won't want to eliminate this option off the list just yet.
According to WebMD here are some benefits of making your own baby food.
- You know exactly what they’re feeding their baby.
- It’s more economical than buying pre-packaged foods (although some parents note that this is not always the case).
- You can choose their own fruits, vegetables, and other foods for purees, instead of relying on the flavors chosen by manufacturers. You’re not going to find melons or avocados in the baby food section of the supermarket.
- It gets the baby used to eating the same food as the rest of the family -- just in puree form.
- There's no chemicals or preservatives (if you use fresh or frozen food, different story if you use canned)
And of course there are disadvantages as well:
- Time. It takes time to make and prepare lots of little servings of homemade baby food. It’s much faster to pick up prepackaged servings.
- Convenience. Prepackaged baby foods come in measured amounts and ready to serve.
- Storage. Homemade baby foods may spoil more quickly and require refrigeration, which may take up room in your fridge or freezer if you make a lot of servings ahead of time. Prepackaged baby foods don’t need refrigerator storage until they’re opened.
For those parents who believe that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, have a flip thru to check out the best products to use as well as quotes from moms who are yaysayers to the DIY baby food!