Baby Food Making

Once your baby is ready to start eating solid baby foods you may decide to prepare your own. By doing this you are not only providing your baby with natural, organic, homemade food but you also have the reassurance that it is free of additives and preservatives. You would be giving your baby food prepared by you, using fresh ingredients. Pre-packaged baby food is best kept for occasional meals and emergencies or part of a larger meal however, once your baby starts eating your homemade baby food they may not want to eat store bought products.

As babies develop they will be introduced to more flavours and will progress into eating more textured foods, heading in the direction of eating solid foods once they sprout teeth. Babies want to eat what you eat and little ones mimic everything their parents do, so feeding baby what you eat is easy once they have been exposed to all food groups and allergies have been eliminated or identified. You can then feed your little one what you eat and you may even welcome the convenience of it once they can eat everything.

By joining a baby food making class you will learn how to make every stage of your baby’s eating level and support nutritional needs for your baby’s growth and development.

The important thing to remember is not to rush the weaning process.

While you can start introducing solids from 4-6 months old, breast milk is still the most important source of nutrients for baby’s first 8 months. Until this time you should always offer baby the breast first and then top them up with baby food if they are still hungry. Many organizations recommend delaying introduction of solids to nearer 6 months but its best to always check with your paediatrician to confirm the best time to introduce solid foods to your baby.

Each class will help by showing what and where to buy products to make your baby food, how to prepare and store baby food to serve with optimal freshness?

You will experience a hands on approach and will have the opportunity to make all stages of baby food your baby will require to transition into eating solid foods. You will leave each session with the skills to prepare your own baby food, a list of recipes and tools to make your food preparation easier once you return to your own kitchen.

Stage 1: Ages 4-6 months. Class costs $100 for two hours
(Check with your practitioner before giving your baby solid foods)
Each participant should purchase a starter kit ($200) and fill out the registration form to indicate all dietary needs.
Each Class runs for 1.5 hours and you will leave with a week’s supply of food.

Course Description:
4-6 months old babies should always be breastfeed or formula feed before being offered solid foods. Milk is still the most important source of nutrients for baby’s first 8 months. Until this time you should always offer baby the breast/bottle first and then top them up with baby food if they are still hungry. The introduction of food is to help aid in digestion and fill the baby up by give them more nutrients and substance in their diet. Their tummies are growing and require more food to aid in growth and development except they do not know how to eat yet and babies have to learn how to keep food in their mouths and swallow it down, with texture not just liquid. You will have to experience the “first feed”, when you give your baby food and they should only be given one type of food at a time. For example if you start your baby with rice cereal you can only give the baby rice cereal for three to four days strait, before introducing the next baby foods.

Each class will give you a detailed instruction on how to identify your baby’s hunger cues, proper food storage, sterilization, how to prepare baby cereal, pureed fruits and vegetables.

Stage 1: Ages 6-10 months. Class costs $100 for two hours
(Check with your practitioner before giving your baby solid foods)
Each participant should purchase a starter kit ($200) and fill out the registration form to indicate all dietary needs.

Each Class you will leave with the knowledge of proper food storage and shelf life, how to prepare food with more texture as well as a week’s supply of food for your baby. This is the time to introduce your little one to more flavours and establish an advance pallet.

Course Description:
Between 6-8 months you will notice that your baby is starting to eat more and drink less, but it is important to continue with breast feeding or formula as this still plays an important role in your baby’s nutrition. At about 8 months old, you can start offering solids first and then the breast, increasing this by only one meal at a time.

Once baby is settled into a great ‘solids’ routine, you can start introducing new tastes to their diet. Food can become thicker and lumpier and you can add flavours of aromas from herbs and spices. Except, each time you introduce a new food you’ll be faced with the whole ‘first feed’ experience, so be prepared to let baby adjust to tastes and textures one at a time.

Stage 3: Ages 10-12 months. Class costs $100 for two hours
(Check with your practitioner before giving your baby solid foods)
Each participant should purchase a starter kit ($200) and fill out the registration form to indicate all dietary needs.

This is when you introduce your baby to the first stages of toddler food and more flavours with combinations. During this class you will learn more about the combination of foods, you will also leave with the knowledge of proper food storage, shelf life, how to prepare food, finger foods and toddler eating abilities. Each class you will prepare a week’s supply of food for your baby.

Between 10 – 12 months, the food world really opens up for baby. You can continue with foods that you have already introduced but also start expanding the menu. At this age there are more foods they CAN eat, than what they can’t eat! Now’s the time to be adventurous because it is when babies develop their palette.

At 10 – 12 months and beyond, babies will also want to start feeding themselves, most will be ready for finger foods. Encourage your child’s independence by giving them a teaspoon to feed themselves with but you’ll still have to help out.

 

 Compare Home Made Baby Food Store Bought Baby Food
Convenience and Reassurance Takes a little time to cook and puree.

Once it’s cooked you can either freeze it or preserve for use later. You know what your child is eating.

Super convenient – heat and eat!
Can be stored for long periods of time.Salt, sugar and preservatives could be added.
Nutritional Value Nutrients will be lost if foods have been in fridge for a few days.

Freezing and making your own perverse baby food ensures it can be kept longer for up to three months.

Use fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Control salt, sugar and no preservatives.

Adjust textures to suit your baby.

Pre-packaged food does have to abide by food standards. The jars of food have been processed and preserved, so will have somewhat less nutritional value than fresh food. Check out the ingredients and nutrients table on the back of each packet.
Cost Homemade baby food works out much cheaper than store bought. The average baby can start out eating for less than $5 per week. Store bought jars and packets range from $1-5. Once opened the food cannot be re-used, so in the early days there is a lot of wastage.
Allergies Recommended if you have a family history of allergies, to keep control of what baby is eating. Store bought foods must list all their ingredients however if baby does react to a product, you can’t always tell which ingredient were the cause. If you are concerned about possible allergic reactions, stick to organic brands to help minimize the risk.

Canadian Pediatrics Society
http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/feeding_your_baby_in_the_first_year