Sweetpea is already 7 months old. Her introduction to solid foods has been slow, partly because of her disinterest and partly because of a recent ear infection. But over the last week she’s finally started to show interest. So the time has come, once again, to make baby food.
Making baby food is not complicated, especially in the early stages. It’s also good thing to try and do. Why? Here are my reasons for making homemade baby food:
- I select fruit and veggies at the peak of their season. Picking seasonal produce means that it’s often tastier, cheaper, and grown closer to home. Yay, yay and yay!
- I choose organic produce. Organic means that I’m not exposing Sweetpea’s little body to harsh agricultural chemicals and pesticides.
- I control what goes into the food. No extra salt, sugar or random thickening agents here!
- I create food combinations that are unique and suited to my baby.
- I expose my baby to the process of making her food.
- Go to a farmers’ market… and makes friends with the farmers.
- Buy seasonal produce.
- Buy in bulk.
- Forage in the wild, your neirghbourhood or your mom’s garden.
- Don’t buy organic. Yes, you read that correctly! The truth is, I don’t always buy organic when making baby food. I rely on the EWG’s Shopper Guide to Pesticide to guide me at the store. I buy organic apples, carrots and pears (high pesticides), but non-organic avocado or mango (low pesticides).
- pots and/or steamer
- A food processor (good for making large quantities), hand held blender (smaller quantities) or small food grinder (small quantities).
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