Mothers are very sensitive over what they give their babies to feed and understanding of what is in their food is essential. Organic versus non-organic food is a hotly debated topic – some saying the link between health benefits is tenuous. However, if you are like us, you want to know if there are any nasty surprises in the foods you are feeding your baby, and that’s why we opt for organic.
We have to state at this point that research hasn’t necessarily shown organic foods to be more or less nutritious than non organic and there are no claims that it is safer (taken from The Mayo Clinic website), however some parents do prefer organic food, simply because it is more environmentally friendly and is thought to taste better.
Organic Baby Food for the Environment
Many think that this benefit does not affect their babies. On the contrary, by protecting the environment, you are providing your baby with a clean atmosphere that is not prone to harmful chemicals.
A taste for organic baby food
Organic food tastes better without the inclusion of sweeteners. This especially applies to the fruits and vegetables. This means that you baby is more likely to accept these foods without a hassle thus leading to a healthier baby.
If you want to avoid the use of preservatives altogether – there are many recipes and tips on how to prepare your own baby food from home ensuring you know exactly what is going into their food.
Some organic foods for your baby
- Milk and cheese. These are rich in vitamins and other nutrients. Milk is well known to contain many nutrients as opposed to other foods. Ensure you boil the milk to pasteurise it.
- Pumpkins have sufficient nutrients and are easy and fast to prepare
- Unsweetened yoghurt. Sweetened substance are already exposed to chemicals and are not recommended for a baby’s digestive system
- Mashed egg yolks. Yolks are rich in proteins and vitamins. Avoid the egg white
- Fresh fruits such as bananas and pawpaw. Simply puree them into a soft liquid
- Legumes (beans, peas, and lentils). Though they contain high levels of nutrients, it is important that they are consumed with a limitation to prevent your baby from becoming gassy.
It is recommended that you invest in the right equipment to help you prepare baby food recipes with organic foods. You will require a blender to use to purée the fruits and vegetables that you have cooked, which have been carefully washed and peeled before cooking. When you do the purée, you can add breast milk or formula or spring water to add a bit of liquid if the food is too thick. You may also add a bit of unsweetened apple juice.
You will need jars to put the food in and labels for them with the dates. The jars and lids should be as sterile as possible. Washing them in the dishwasher before use, should do the trick.
Invest in a couple of feeding bottles and cups depending on your baby’s age. Depending on the food, you will know which is best for use. Purchase a few storage containers that will hold and store the food when baby is not feeding to avoid constant preparations all day long. Ensure they are airtight to promote hygiene.
You can be creative and prepare different baby food recipes with the available foods. Gradually introduce different suitable foods to your baby and observe to identify his reaction. This will help you identify what he likes and avoid what he does not. Remember, the key objective is to ensure a healthy happy baby.