The time is right for introducing solid foods to your baby just before their half-birthday.
The iron stores in an infant’s body begin to diminish as soon as they reach six months, regardless of whether they are breastfeeding or formula-fed during the first year or two of life. Iron-rich foods are a great way to boost your iron levels at the perfect time.
According to the FDA, they are proposing to reduce the legal limits for lead in processed foods for babies and children younger than two years old. Despite these trace lead levels being nothing to worry about, we want you to know that making homemade baby food is much easier than you might think.
Can I Make My Baby Food At Home?
You can make organic baby food at home for 45% less than store-bought. Even non-organic homemade baby food saves money. No special tools, skills, or knowledge are needed, and it requires less culinary skill than cooking for adults. Here are a few things to know before you begin.
Is It Possible To Make Homemade Baby Food?
If the baby is nibbling at small bites, you can turn anything into a baby food purée more or less. It’s essential to follow the rules.
- Ensure everything is neat.
- When diluting, be careful.
- Take allergy precautions
- Keeping the honey under control
Is My Baby Ready For Solids?
A portion of solid food is not breast milk or baby formula. For a baby, the first solids are purees they will either purchase or make at home. According to the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics, children can consume other foods at six months.
Keeping Homemade Baby Food Fresh
First, only give your baby a few tablespoons of purées at a time. The spoon contaminates the food, making it unsuitable for storing. Homemade purées can be frozen for up to two months once prepared. Use ice cube trays or single-serve containers for smaller, more manageable portions. It’s easier to pop bits out one by one with silicon-covered ice cube trays.