Baby’s own chef
Cheap, tasty and as varied as you like, homemade food is great for every day.
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It’s a rare parent who will never reach for a ready-made jar of baby food, especially now that there are organic brands on every supermarket shelf. But when you do have the time and energy to do it yourself, it’s worth squishing the stewed apples through the sieve for baby, or mashing the spaghetti bolognaise for your toddler.

Once your baby is past the butternut and apples stage, you can pretty much give her bits of what the grown-ups are eating, minus the salt and chillies. Be aware of problem foods such as egg yolks and nuts, which aren’t recommended until nine months at the earliest.

  • Always wash your hands before handling food or feeding your baby.
  • When you introduce a new food, prepare it without any other ingredients.
  • Don’t add sugar, salt or fat.
  • Steam, pressure cook or waterless cook food.
  • Peel vegetables and fruit unless they are organically grown.
  • Mash all food. Make it progressively lumpier once your baby is used to chewing and swallowing solids.
  • Freeze small portions for later – you can do this in small plastic containers. Don’t forget to label them with the date and what is inside.
Do you feed your baby homemade food? Or do you prefer premade food?

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