1. Puree or semi- liquefying the food using the blender or Baby Bullet
2. Mashed Food
3. Finger foods (or cutting up whole food in small pieces)
You can prepare these three kinds of food depending on your texture and taste.
Here are the different benefits and also disadvantages of preparing your own baby first food.
For parents who would prefer to prepare their own baby’s food, then they know exactly the source and the ingredients. You can choose your own ingredients and going to the markets is a fun way to choose the fruits and vegetables for your puree or finger foods. And as a mother, we want to make homemade puree as it is more economical (though some would contend that saving up is not) and also homemade puree is giving good healthy food to your baby. You are also being more aware of your baby’s nutrition.
Directly being involved with preparation of your baby’s food means that you will know exactly what you are feeding your baby. You can either make a puree using your Baby Bullet or you can try boiling and steaming some veggie or fruits. Also, as a mother we realize that getting involved in preparing your own food is to pave the way for your child’s healthy meals later on in their lives. Remember that parents are baby’s first teachers?
But what are the disadvantages for this self-prepared food? Honey, you have to commit your time. In this fast-paced and for working mothers, it is tempting to just buy pre-packaged food. It is more convenient and can be served easily. Storage is also another concern as making pureed food and refrigerating it will take up space in your fridge. Since it is time consuming, you also need to prepare ahead of time. Moms who use the Baby Bullet suggest putting the puree into cube trays and freezing them.
So what equipment can you use in preparing your baby food ?
Food Mill. It comes with different blades, is portable and non-electric. But you need to flex more those muscles.
Baby Food Maker. A device that is used to steam veggies and also puree food. It can also defrost and reheat food (but it will cost a lot more).
Household Blender. You might have been using it already and making puree is one of the things it can still do. You can still have the fruit and veggie pulp.
Yes your simple household utensils can also be used for mashing potato and other root crops like sweet potato and fruits like banana and avocado.
Of course, you will be needing also containers to store your prepared homemade puree. You can try out the ice trays for freezing the extra puree you have prepared.
Hope you and your baby has a good start. Happy eating!