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The Right Start? Discover the Health Benefits of Homemade Organic Baby Food

Updated: Sep 24, 2023



Introduction: Setting the Stage for Healthy Eating Habits

We made a conscious decision to introduce our children to a healthy diet early in life. Instead of resorting to the common practice of weaning children onto processed foods, we opted for homemade organic foods as the first solid meals for our little ones. The journey began with mashed bananas, sweet potatoes or Irish potatoes with milk, and eventually beans. No food processor was needed – just simple mashing and straining through a sieve. In these early stages, we avoided adding salt, sugar or oil to the baby's food, only introducing these elements after their second birthday.


This practice proved its worth on one occasion when we visited a relative for a function. Everyone who attended suffered food poisoning except for our two-year-old daughter, who did not join in the meal.


What are the Benefits of Homemade Organic Baby Food?

Introducing our children to homemade organic foods from an early age has provided numerous benefits. This proactive approach to nutrition not only ensured our baby's meals were balanced but also established a solid foundation for lifelong healthy eating habits. I speak from personal experience here—our children rarely suffered from common under-five diseases. I attribute this largely to their early exposure to nutritious alternatives.


Control over Ingredients Preparing your baby's food at home gives you total control over the ingredients. You can ensure that only high-quality, organic ingredients are used and can eliminate any allergens or foods your baby may not tolerate well. This flexibility in ingredient selection can lead to meals perfectly suited to your child's needs.


Nutritious and Healthy: Homemade baby food, made from fresh, organic ingredients, offers optimal nutrition. These meals are free from the preservatives, artificial flavours, and excess sodium or sugar often found in store-bought baby food, which means your child is consuming only what is beneficial for them.


Customisable and Adaptable: Homemade meals can be specifically tailored to your baby's age, dietary requirements, and preferences. This ability to customise the meal ensures a balanced diet with a variety of flavours. As your baby grows and their nutritional needs evolve, you can easily adjust the food in terms of consistency, texture, and taste, offering them a dynamic and diverse diet.


Safety and Hygiene: When you prepare your baby's meals at home, you control the food quality and hygiene standards. This control significantly reduces the risk of food-related illnesses. However, this advantage relies heavily on maintaining high cleanliness standards and proper food handling practices.


Cost-Effective: Depending on your location and the cost of ingredients, making your baby's food at home can often be more economical in the long run than purchasing pre-packaged meals. This cost-effectiveness can be particularly beneficial for families on a budget.


Develops Taste and Variety: Introducing your baby to homemade food exposes them to a broad spectrum of natural flavours. This early exposure can have a significant impact on cultivating their lifelong eating habits, encouraging an acceptance of a variety of foods as they grow. Unlike store-bought food, which often contains added sugars for universal appeal, home-cooked meals offer a diversity of nutrients. This early variety in their diet lays the groundwork for a healthy eating pattern.


Climate-Smart Choice: Consider this. When we prepare our own baby food, we are not just focusing on our children's health—we are also caring for the world they will grow up in. By choosing homemade over factory-made meals, we step away from the environmental problems associated with their production, packaging, and transport. So, by preparing organic baby food at home, we are making a choice that is beneficial not just for our children, but also for the planet they call home.


Challenges of Homemade Organic Baby Food

Choosing the path of homemade organic baby food certainly has its share of rewards, but it comes with its own set of challenges as well.


Time- and Labour-Intensive: Preparing meals from scratch can be both time-consuming and laborious. This commitment could lead to time poverty, particularly for working mothers who must balance their roles in the care and market economy. This effect can be even more pronounced for work-from-home parents, who may already feel like they are juggling multiple responsibilities. I remember my days as a working mum—I had to be quite the expert at balancing my time to make it all work.


Strict Hygiene Regimen: Homemade baby food requires a strict hygiene regimen, which can pose a challenge. Ensuring that the food, utensils, and preparation area are consistently clean can be a demanding task, especially for parents juggling multiple responsibilities. In my case, my husband played a vital role in ensuring everything was spotless. We also prioritised sterilising all baby utensils and keeping them refrigerated in a container to maintain cleanliness.

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A strict hygiene regimen while preparing homemade baby food would include the following steps:

a. Washing hands: Ensuring that hands are washed with soap and water before handling food, utensils, and preparation surfaces.

b. Cleaning utensils and surfaces: Regularly sterilising utensils, cutting boards, and countertops to remove bacteria and potential contaminants.

c. Proper handling of ingredients: Washing fresh produce thoroughly and handling raw ingredients, such as meat or eggs, with extra care to prevent cross-ontamination.

d. Safe food storage: Storing ingredients at the proper temperature and in clean containers to prevent spoilage and contamination.

e. Monitoring food preparation: Preparing baby food at the right temperature and following proper cooking techniques to eliminate harmful bacteria.

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Proper Storage Needs: The absence of preservatives in homemade baby food necessitates quick consumption or appropriate storage to prevent spoilage. This requirement can be a challenge, particularly in areas with unreliable electricity supply, where maintaining consistent refrigeration might not always be possible. In these situations, it is wise to prepare food on an as-needed basis.


Achieving the Right Consistency: Regardless of individual circumstances, getting the texture and consistency right can be a challenge, especially without a food processor. It is important to ensure the food is appropriate for the baby's developmental stage to prevent choking and to promote the development of eating skills.


Each family's experience with these challenges will vary based on their unique circumstances. Despite these challenges, I believe that the benefits of homemade organic baby food far outweigh them. After all, we want the best for our little ones, and sometimes that means putting in that extra effort.


Conclusion

In the delicate early years of a child's life, providing balanced, homemade, and organic meals can lay the foundation for a healthy future. While there may be challenges, such as time and hygiene concerns, the benefits far outweigh these. A strong start with healthy eating habits can be a safeguard against common childhood diseases and instil a preference for nutritious foods in your child.


Remember to consult with a healthcare professional or a paediatric nutritionist when introducing new foods to your baby's diet to ensure they are getting a balanced diet.


Join the Conversation!

1. What are some of the ways you have incorporated healthy habits into your family's everyday routine?

2. Do you have any distinctive parenting tips or meal plans that have proven successful and you would like to share?


Your insights and experiences could be the very guidance other parents are seeking. Let us start a conversation today!



About the Author

Nite Tanzarn is an Independent International Consultant, championing Gender Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity. She is also a parent who understands firsthand the complexities and rewards of guiding a child's nutritional journey. Nite believes in giving children the right start through balanced nutrition, and she draws on both her professional expertise and personal experience to offer insightful tips and strategies. Her introspective musings aim to assist and inspire other parents on their own unique parenting journeys.

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Guest
05 พ.ย. 2566

I used to make my babies' food and my older children would all be involved, my husband would whenever he was at home, join us and this helped us to bond more as a family.

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Guest
28 ต.ค. 2566

The right start is the way to go., not only with regards to food.

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Nite Tanzarn
Nite Tanzarn
28 ต.ค. 2566
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Absolutely, the right start encompasses more than just nutrition; it sets the stage for lifelong habits and well-being. Thank you for acknowledging this important point. I hope you continue to find value in the topics we explore here.

Cheers,

Nite

#NITETANZARNIntellectNest #OrganicBabyFood #HealthyParenting #BabyNutrition #HealthyBabyFood

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Guest
27 ต.ค. 2566

The right start? With a doughnut

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Nite Tanzarn
Nite Tanzarn
27 ต.ค. 2566
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Ah, the irony of the doughnut image does drive home a point, doesn't it? It serves as a stark contrast to the message of the blog post, highlighting the dietary choices that are often far too easy to make, but not always in our children's best interest. Your comment adds an extra layer to the discussion about the importance of making thoughtful decisions when it comes to our children's nutrition.

Cheers,

Nite

#NITETANZARNIntellectNest #OrganicBabyFood #HealthyParenting #BabyNutrition #HealthyBabyFood

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nsabimana canisius
nsabimana canisius
04 ก.ย. 2566

My babies never ate store bought food

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Nite Tanzarn
Nite Tanzarn
05 ก.ย. 2566
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Hi Canisius,

Opting for homemade food for babies not only ensures the quality of ingredients but it also allows you to introduce them to a variety of flavours and textures from a young age. Thank you for sharing your experience; it certainly adds depth to the conversation.

Cheers,

Nite

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