whats better speshily made baby food or food i make the blended

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Well, the biggest plus I have heard for homemade baby food (and the reason we make our own!) is the nutrition. I was shocked when I found out how many nutrients are lost in canned/jarred baby food. Because of the way that commercial baby food is made (with very high heat, a lot of added water, etc.) you lose a TON of good stuff like vitamins a, b, and c, calcium, etc., as well as taste.* By making your own baby food at home, you can preserve those good vitamins and minerals as well as the taste of the food itself. In terms of nutrition, homemade is the best way to go! :)
In commercial baby food, you also run the risk of finding unnecessary ingredients - like emulsifiers, corn syrup, and wheat and soy ingredients.
Also, you don't HAVE to already be cooking to make home made baby food. A lot of moms decide to skip it because they aren't "cooks" or don't have time, but I have to tell you - I can't cook worth squat, and I've been making my son's baby food for over a year now. It is not difficult, and though it does take a little time, I have found that it is not a big deal to steam and puree' a few foods over the weekend, freeze them, and have all of baby's food ready for the next week. It is also cheaper - not cost-free, but definitely not as expensive as buying jar after jar of the store-bought stuff.
We do the steam (or bake) and freeze method. If you decide to make your own baby food, I can suggest three great sources of information. Two books: "Baby Bites" by Bridget Swinney, and *"Mommy Made...and Daddy Too" by Martha and David Kimmel. Baby Bites has a lot of good information on child feeding and is a good one to have on hand either way. The Mommy Made book is by a couple who actually teach a class on baby food and making it at home, so their information is very, very practical if you decide to go that route.
WholesomeBabyFood.com is also a great resource with a TON of good info! This is another one that I would recommend checking out whether you make your baby's food or not.
Good luck, and let us know if you need any help! :)

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Lucy - posted on 10/20/2009

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My daughter only has home made food made with fresh ingredients, no packet sauces etc. There is so much rubbish, additives and chemicals in any pre made or processed and I wouldn't want my daughter eating that!

User - posted on 10/18/2009

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I make all my own baby food, i just liked knowing what was going into it and it was also great to be able to give my son fresh, great tasting fruit and vegetables.

Little jars are great to take out and about though, especially as they don't need to be refrigerated, especially before your child is ready for harder foods such as sandwiches and fruit pieces.

Hanna - posted on 10/18/2009

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Quoting Kyrsten:

Well, the biggest plus I have heard for homemade baby food (and the reason we make our own!) is the nutrition. I was shocked when I found out how many nutrients are lost in canned/jarred baby food. Because of the way that commercial baby food is made (with very high heat, a lot of added water, etc.) you lose a TON of good stuff like vitamins a, b, and c, calcium, etc., as well as taste.* By making your own baby food at home, you can preserve those good vitamins and minerals as well as the taste of the food itself. In terms of nutrition, homemade is the best way to go! :)
In commercial baby food, you also run the risk of finding unnecessary ingredients - like emulsifiers, corn syrup, and wheat and soy ingredients.
Also, you don't HAVE to already be cooking to make home made baby food. A lot of moms decide to skip it because they aren't "cooks" or don't have time, but I have to tell you - I can't cook worth squat, and I've been making my son's baby food for over a year now. It is not difficult, and though it does take a little time, I have found that it is not a big deal to steam and puree' a few foods over the weekend, freeze them, and have all of baby's food ready for the next week. It is also cheaper - not cost-free, but definitely not as expensive as buying jar after jar of the store-bought stuff.
We do the steam (or bake) and freeze method. If you decide to make your own baby food, I can suggest three great sources of information. Two books: "Baby Bites" by Bridget Swinney, and *"Mommy Made...and Daddy Too" by Martha and David Kimmel. Baby Bites has a lot of good information on child feeding and is a good one to have on hand either way. The Mommy Made book is by a couple who actually teach a class on baby food and making it at home, so their information is very, very practical if you decide to go that route.
WholesomeBabyFood.com is also a great resource with a TON of good info! This is another one that I would recommend checking out whether you make your baby's food or not.
Good luck, and let us know if you need any help! :)


I'm glad you brought up taste. I was amazed at how different jar foods taste from real food and how many moms told me that oh babies love nasty-tasting foods. i think it is absolutely not true, kids love food that tastes good, it doesn't have to be sweet, it just has to taste good. and if you breastfed your baby, then most of these foods he has already tasted in ur breastmilk (and even before while you were pregnant), so there's no reason why he shouldn't taste them now.  then you get the commercials that cater to parents who "hide the veggies" -- well yeah, i don't eat plain steamed broccoli either (especially not the one out of a freezer pack) -- but if you put it in a pasta with some meat & tasty sauce with herbs, it tastes awesome & a child would like it too.



 



and it's amazing how my 8m old  wants to eat what we are eating -- he's been smelling the food pretty much from birth (he's always been near us when we're eating dinner) and he keeps asking to give him some every time we eat dinner or a snack. ok granted, i can't give him everything, but i now try to make a simplified version of our meal so that it smells similar to what we are eating or sometimes i give him a small taste of our food (if it's safe for a baby) and again, he loves it! i don't do the whole cook & freeze because i do have extra time to cook for him and we do make dinner at least 6 times a week so it's just a matter of making an extra pot for him (and that way he gets to eat food that's almost the same as ours at dinner table) and the second portion he usually eats in the early afternoon the next day. and he loves eating with us -- another good family tradition to establish early.

Hanna - posted on 10/18/2009

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I'm sure people are going to advocate one or the other, but there are really arguments pro and con for both of these and it depends on you, your lifestyle and your child.



here are some of the arguments for packaged food:



1. it's made following the highest food-handling safety standards (at least in the US) so it is processed and packaged and stored in compliance with these standards (probably much higher standards of cleanliness that at home kitchen counter).

2. It is convenient -- food is already made, just serve and you can take it with you anywhere you go

3. containers are small enough to last 1-2 feedings (so prevents spread of bacteria due to improper storage)

4. easy to use guide (i.e. first foods, second foods, third foods) where the type of food & the way it is chopped up/pureed is adequate to reflect the baby's needs and skills to eat it



here are some arguments for making it yourself:

1. you know exactly what goes in that food (although you still know in infant food too)

2. you can make a wider variety of foods for your baby i.e. it doesn't have to be the fixed strawberry banana, but can contain any number of ingredients in any combination (provided that you know what you're not supposed to serve to an infant)

3. if you're cooking at home on a regular basis, it's really not that complicated or time-consuming -- all you need is a steamer, a blender/food processor and small containers to portion it out to single-serving sizes and the rest you can freeze or feed later on that day (i wouldn't store baby food for more than 24 hrs in the fridge)

4. you can add spices (i.e. herbs and stuff like onion+garlic) that is not present in most baby foods because it's considered potentially allergenic even in adults but is non the less good for your child and it should be introduced into the diet

5. you can develop eating habits, tastes & patterns that is suitable to your family's needs, i.e. you can teach your baby to eat what you're eating which eventually he's going to have to learn because he's growing up in your family.



overall, the choice is yours and really depends on how well you eat yourself & how much cooking are you willing to do. if your idea of a good meal at home is straight from Sandra Lee's 'semi-home made' or you buy one of those frozen packaged veggies & steam them in the microwave, then packaged food works great for you. if you are one of those moms who does a lot of cooking at home and your family eats a wide variety of ingredients & cuisines, then by all means make the food yourself -- it's not that hard or time-consuming to peel a few veggies/fruits, toss them in the steamer for 3-5 minutes & puree them. and then number of possibilities is endless. and i'm sure most of us do have common sense to not use the same board/knife to handle raw poultry/pork & baby food or at least properly sanitize it with anti-bacterial soap & hot water.



for those using packaged foods, things to keep in mind is that as the foods get more advanced (i.e. toddler foods), same restrictions no longer apply as for infant foods (so ingredients are not necessarily organic, there may be stabilizers, preservatives, food dyes added to it and this was taken from an article in one of those parenting magazines from either last month or the month before. also, while chasing after the non-allergenic foods & proper handling blah blah, most of them have forgotten about the taste part of it. i would taste some of those foods before giving it to the baby because i guarantee you that half of them, you wouldn't eat either, so how can u expect your baby to like it or to develop healthy eating habits if the puree you're feeding tastes nothing like the real ingredient that it's supposedly made from?



personally, i make my son's food at home, but then again, i am a SAHM for now & my husband is a chef so we both can make baby some food. it was always important to me to raise a baby who would not be an annoyance in a restaurant (i work in restaurant industry as well) & doesn't need to have pasta with butter or chicken nuggets+french fries/pizza because he doesn't eat half the ingredients on the menu. so i've been trying to expose him to as many things as possible while his taste-buds are developing and i can influence his likes & dislikes by exposing him to things. and so far, knock on wood, at almost 8 months, he has had pretty much everything except for fish, yogurt (he's been teething & congested last few weeks so i figured i'd postpone the yogurt), nuts, raw honey, citrus fruits, salt, sugar & spices. but he has had various grains, veggies, fruits, herbs (i grow some basil, thai basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano in the back yard and he loves it in his food), most of the foods i make for him, i would eat it myself because it tastes good (unlike some of those jarred foods that are supposed to be so good for the baby), 3 weeks ago, i was in the restaurant, he took a piece of gorgonzola off my plate (while i wasn't paying attention) and ate it and loved it, i don't give him blue cheese yet, but he has had cheddar, mozzarella, parmigian (the real one) and seemed to like it. meats are a bit of a struggle on their own, but if it's mixed in with veggies, he eats them just fine (and he's had chicken, beef, quail).

so that's my personal experience. i hope it helps. good luck!

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