People who have taken care of babies know that the weaning period is especially difficult. As you try to wean your baby away from a diet based on milk alone, you want to introduce her to new food items. The first thing young mothers do when weaning is buy an expensive baby food product off the supermarket shelf. Babies enjoy their first non-milk food, which is usually a rice based product. But when you try to introduce the next product, they refuse. Somehow the packaged baby food doesn't taste quite as appealing as it should.
If this is a problem you are facing with your baby, it is time to start making your own baby food at home. We promise you, it will be tastier, healthier, and cheaper! Here are a few tips:
Making Baby Food at Home
1. The first thing to start feeding your baby is a mashed banana. They usually love it!
2. You can try introducing your baby to other fruit and vegetables too. Remember, except banana, all fruit and vegetables need to be cooked before mashing.
3. Introduce one new food at a time. Wait for 4 days before introducing any other new food. This makes it easy to see if your baby is allergic to any food items.
4. If you are a working mother, cook up a big batch or batches of foods and freeze them in ice trays in the freezer. Now store these food cubes in a box or bag in the deep freeze. Take out and p them in a jiffy when required!
5. If your baby is 6-7 months old, you can start introducing cereal based foods like Daliya and Khichdi. Remember to cook well, and grind into a paste before feeding. Serve these with curds or butter for extra taste and nutrition.
6. Avoid storing half eaten foods in the fridge. The saliva from your baby's mouth exposes the food to bacterial growth and may make it improper for consumption again.
7. Always buy the best quality produce and wash/clean it well before making food for your baby.