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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Feeding Your Baby HOMEMADE ORGANIC Foods

Before our son was born, my husband and I decided to make a goal of feeding our baby only homemade organic foods and breast milk for his first year. We even made sure I ate mostly Organic & Natural Foods while I was pregnant. I must be honest, I did derail a bit from the "organic" diet due to cravings. We were very picky even about the clothing! We wanted all organic / NOT made in China (since there were so many recalls).

Feeding your baby ORGANIC foods can be very vital and important. For one, when you make your own food, you know it is less processed and made right in your own kitchen! Two, when you use organic ingredients, you can have a peace of mind knowing your baby is not eating all the harsh chemicals (i.e.- pesticides, hormones, bleach, etc.) when eating food. Three, you have the freedom to make all sorts of baby food, the way you want for your child.

Anyhow, we did our due diligence to do as much research as we can to make sure we accomplished our goal about giving our child the best nutrition possible. Below are a few things we used that were helpful to us.


One thing we came by was a book by Lisa Barnes, the petit appetit COOKBOOK (Easy, Organic Recipes to Nurture Your Baby and Toddler). Lisa actually resides in San Francisco. Her book has even won the iParenting Media Award. This book is not only a cookbook but talks about raising your child healthy & naturally in today's day and age. Plus, the recipes are very simple and easy to follow. We absolutely love this book!


Second thing we used a lot is our food processor. There are many food processors out there, and any of them will work fine. I've found that smaller ones are better because they are easier to wash and to maintain since you will be using it frequently. We use our small black & decker that my mother-in-law purchased for us.


Third, after processing the food after it's cooked, we put it in the freezer. In order to do so, we found freezer trays to store baby food! Yes, you can use regular ice trays as well, but I've found it's hard to find ice trays that have a cover on them. Therefore, I purchased these. Also... more importantly they are BPA & Phthalate FREE! They are made by a company called KidCo. Each section has approximately 1 oz. servings. There is also a writing space that is wide enough to be able to label your trays with a dry erase marker. Plus, they are dishwasher safe.


Last... but not least, sometimes when we were on the go and had to go some place, we transferred one serving of the food we wanted to give to our son and put it in this Kidco Feeding Dish. You put your frozen pieces in the tray, and by the time you get to where you are going, they have already defrosted. It has worked wonderfully for us, especially when we have gone out to dinners or an outing some place. This dish is also BPA / Phthalate FREE. It comes with a spoon to attach to the tray, and is microwave & dishwasher safe.

Yes, they do sell Organic Baby Food in a jar, but we decided not to go that route. Reasons being... you don't know what they actually put in the jar since you did not pack it yourself (yes... that does kind of sound paranoid, but it's so true!), might have some bacterial contamination since there have been many recalls on even organic baby foods in jars, and because it's jarred it is somewhat processed. There are many options out there, but this is what we did and worked for us. Definitely do your own research and see what works best for you and your family!


2 comments:

Linsay said...

we didn't do organic food with gavin which i kinda regret now considering all the "junk" they put in food. Well we'll do it differently this time. these containers are a really neat idea. I'll have to get some of those.

Kelly said...

I'm impressed with your diligence to do everything naturally with your child. I used jars with my first and wasted so much packaging. With my 2nd we skipped purees all together and just started giving her pieces of our food. It's a lot easier that way.

I'm not sure if you are aware of this website but a great website for making your own baby food is http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/

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