At some point during the weaning process, you will be feeding your toddler more and more solid foods. One terrific option you have available is to make your own baby foods at home. This eliminates the expense associated with jar and pre-packaged baby foods. At the same time, you can be assured that your baby will only be eating naturally, not synthetically, processed food products.
If you are just starting out, you’ll want to be sure to add only one food to your toddler at a time. Allow a week in between introductions of new food items so you can ensure that your toddler or baby isn’t having an allergic reaction to a new nutritional product.
What Types of Food are Best?
Introduce your baby to vegetables before you introduce sweet products. The desire for sweets isn’t innate, and if you don’t introduce sweet treats right away, your little one will be more than content to eat his/her share of vegetables.
You can invest in a baby food processor or you can use a normal food processor to grind food. Remember that babies under 8 months of age will be eating mostly liquefied or smooth food products. Be sure to eliminate chunks to reduce the likelihood of choking.
Once your baby reaches 8 months or so, or s/he starts popping a couple of teeth, you can slowly introduce some chunkier foods into his/her diet. Choose items that are easily digested and have a tendency to slide smoothly into the stomach without posing a high choking risk. Foods like berries, grapes, hot dogs and raisins should be avoided until your baby is old enough to completely macerate foods.
If you would like to try some fruits like prunes (which are great for alleviating constipation), boil them first to make them soft and easily mashable, and then feed them to your little one.
When making homemade food, avoid adding spices and other additives. Food in its natural state is perfectly healthy for babies.
Most children will start out eating only one meal of solids per day. They will gradually move to two and by 1 year of age or so, they might start eating three meals a day. Remember though that each child is unique and different, and that s/he may accept different foods and textures at different paces.