The Brown Family loves children and babies. If you have known us long you already figured that out. The post below is from way back in 2003. I have been making baby food for over a decade. Does that make me an expert? Certainly not, but two things I have learned is that every baby is different and making babies first foods is much easier than most new parents think. Please feel free to forward a link to this article to any new parent or parent to be or print the information and share. My heart is always to make good real food convenient for people and I feel this is especially important for babies and children.
Originally posted in Brown Box Organics News 2003.
Raising your children to eat healthy foods can be a daunting task and may seem expensive. There is no better place to start that at the beginning—with babies first foods. It need not be complicated or expensive. Making your own fresh baby foods is actually much more economical and nutritious than purchasing processed baby foods. In addition it lays the important life long foundation for healthy eating.
There are many great reasons to make your own baby food as often as possible. Perhaps the most important reason is that you can control what goes into the food. You can guarantee that the food you make is from fresh organic produce and free of additives that your little ones tummy does not need. Commercial baby food processors cannot put as much love into a jar as a conscientious parent. Another benefit is that baby gets an early introduction to the foods and textures that you and your family enjoy. This makes the transition to solid foods less stressful. Lastly, all of the tools you need to make baby food are probably already in your home.
Being a parent of a small child is busy enough. You may wonder if making your own baby food is possible. The answer is yes. I know by experience because I have made almost all of the baby foods our first two children and are about to embark on the exciting endeavor once again. I have also met many other mothers who have made their own baby foods. It does take a little bit of time, but perhaps less than you might think.
Many parents have put to work the once each week method. Simply spend about a half an hour each week making large batches of baby food to last throughout the week and freeze them. Ice cube trays work great and when frozen you can store the cubes in a freezer bag. There is a myriad of other helpful but unnecessary baby food gadgets available to make the task easier. The only tool I have personally found helpful is a handheld grinder for stage two foods. It makes meals easier because you can grind up whatever is on the table at dinner time and take it with you when you go out. Another fun advantage of frozen baby food is endless combinations. For example you can mix one cube carrot with one cube apple at one meal and one cube carrot with one cube peas at the next. In the same way it is rewarding to give your baby the best of anything it can also be very rewarding to make your own baby food.
Home Made Teething Biscuits
1 beaten egg yolk 3 Tbsp maple syrup or molasses (May be omitted)
1 tsp vanilla 1 1/2 Tbsp oil
1/4 cup milk (or sub) 1 Tbsp uncooked oatmeal
1 cup flour (any type) 1 Tbsp soy flour
1 Tbsp wheat germ 1 Tbsp nonfat dry milk
Directions: In a bowl combine wet ingredients and blend thoroughly. Add In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients and then blend with the wet ingredient combination. Dough will be stiff. Roll dough thin and cut into strips or desired shapes. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet. They can be made without the last 3 ingredients, but they add to the nutritional value. Note: When feeding small children finger foods watch them closely. Any food can pose a choking hazard.