Making your own organic baby food
Making your own baby food is easy and economical. If you choose organic baby food ingredients, you’re also protecting your baby from exposure to pesticide residues. All you need is a blender or food processor (although in many cases a fork will do the trick), and some empty ice cube trays handy for freezing small portions for future use.
Start with local, seasonal, organically grown produce. Peel and pit fruit as necessary. Peel and cook vegetables and hard fruits like apples. Preserve the maximum vitamins and minerals by steaming, baking, or broiling.
At first, puree or mash food thoroughly. You may also add breastmilk or formula to the puree, both to give it a thinner consistency and to make the flavor more familiar to your baby. Over time, add less liquid and mash the food less to let your baby experience the different textures of food.
Only portion out what you think you baby will eat and refrigerate or freeze the rest of your delicious, homemade organic baby food.
What Babies Like
Babies tend to enjoy yellow and orange fruits and vegetables such as carrots, squash, and bananas. They have more varied reactions to green veggies in their baby food.
After you’ve introduced a dish, try mixing your babies’ favorites with things they are not so thrilled with. Remember the “Rule of 10”—it may take ten “introductions” to a food before your baby really even tries it.