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If you have ever tasted baby food from a jar, you know how bland it can be. Babies don’t know any better, but we moms do. We know that we want to feed our babies not only good nutritional food but also food that tastes good.
Making your own homemade baby food is the best way to ensure you get all the goodness that you want packed into every bite.
Not only is homemade baby food tastier but it provides several other benefits over store-bought that just can’t be beat.
Here are five awesome benefits of homemade baby food.
Know what’s in your baby’s food
When you make your baby’s food from scratch at home you have the benefit of putting in the exact ingredients you want without the worry of any other additives, preservatives, artificial flavors, extra water, or other unwanted things.
Unlike store-bought baby food, maybe you’d rather omit adding extra water to a veggie steamed puree. Whatever the reason you can be in control of what goes in your baby’s tummy.
Not only can you control what goes into your baby’s food, but you can also control the ratio of ingredients in it.
If you would rather make a puree with mostly veggies and only a little bit of fruit to sweeten it, you can. Or maybe you want your baby to eat equal parts of fruit and veggies. You get to decide the ratio and ensure your baby gets the best nutrition possible instead of a predetermined amount that comes standard in a jar of store-bought baby food.
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Quality of Food
With homemade baby food, you have the opportunity to buy the freshest ingredients from the store or even straight from the farm. Good quality ingredients equals tons of nutrition and knowing where and how your baby’s food was grown can you give you the peace of mind that she is getting what is best.
Organic Fruits and Vegetables
Buying organic produce means having food that has not been sprayed with pesticides or other harmful chemicals. It’s best to use organic food when making your baby’s food at home whenever possible. Non-organic food is not a deal breaker, but according to Mint.com, the price per serving actually comes out cheaper making homemade organic food than buying baby food in a jar that is not organic.
Price of Homemade vs Store Bought
Speaking of price, it is usually one of the first things people want to know about when it comes to making homemade baby food. They want to know what the difference is between store-bought and homemade and if it is really worth the time investment to do it yourself. The answer is yes!
As with most food, it is cheaper to buy ingredients and make recipes from scratch as opposed to buying convenience foods that have been prepared and prepackaged for you. For example, buying pre-cut vegetables in a bag will cost more and yield less than buying whole veggies and chopping them yourself. In the same way, commercially prepared baby food will cost more than buying fresh food and preparing it at home yourself.
Babyfoode.com spent time comparing the differences in price between buying jars of baby food and making it at home. In every instance, the homemade baby food came out significantly cheaper. Even the organic homemade baby food came out to cost less per serving than the non-organic commercial baby food in a jar.
Overall, it is cheaper to buy fresh, nutrient-rich organic food and prepare it yourself at home for your baby than to purchase food in a jar from the store. You will know exactly what’s in it, it will cost less and be great quality for your baby.
Ready to make your own homemade baby food? See How to Make Baby Food 101: Guide and Recipes for 4-12 Months for everything you need to know to get started.