How Do You Make Your Own Baby Food?


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Make your own baby food by pureeing cereals and appropriate fruits and vegetables. Choose foods that are easily digested by the baby's system and have the lowest score on the allergy scale, such as rice cereal, oatmeal, apricots, apples and avocados.

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How Do You Make Your Own Baby Food?
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To make Stage 1 baby foods, which can be fed to children from the ages of 4 to 8 months, puree them until they are thin and runny, for easy consumption. When first introducing them, they must contain single ingredients only. New foods can be introduced every four days after the feeding regimen begins. Most parents begin with a simple rice cereal serving. To make this easy recipe, boil 1 cup of water, and then add 1/4 cup of rice powder, which is brown rice ground in a blender or food processor. Stir constantly while simmering for 10 minutes, and add formula or breast milk if desired.

To make a fruit puree, peel and core an apple, and slice it into chunks. Place the chunks in a pan with just enough water to cover them, and boil the mixture until the chunks are tender. Use a potato masher to puree the chunks into the consistency of runny apple sauce. Most babies only eat about half a tablespoon when the they first start with solid foods. It is a good idea to use your finger as a spoon, because the introduction of both a new food and the new sensation of a spoon can be too much for some babies.

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