Many parents start their babies with store-made baby food, thinking that it is convenient and cheap and has lots of flavors and somehow that is true as well. However, if you are thinking about the home-made food too and are in a dilemma that what to choose between the commercial baby food and home-made food, you will find good reasons to go with home-made food. For a new mom, who is exhausted from diaper changing and regular feedings, it is obvious to be inclined to the easy and quick options; but if spending few extra minutes to prepare the fresh home-made food help your baby to grow strong and healthy, and develop a taste for the food, which he is going to eat for the rest of his life, don't you think it is worth it. Below you will find top five reasons, which help you to decide which food is better for your baby:
1. Better Health and Nutrition
You want your baby healthy at any cost and the food plays a key role in your baby's health. Store food goes through a few hands before you pick it for your baby. You cannot be sure of the hygiene and quality of the food. On the other hand, if you prepare it on your own, you are certain about the quality and freshness of the food. In addition, packed food has less than a fifth of recommended calcium, magnesium and zinc. Packed food has to go through a lot of processes in order to increase the shelf life, which results in the loss of many vital nutrients. All in all, commercial food is not as healthy as your home-made fresh food is.
2. Major Money Saver
Although the jars of baby food seem like they are cheap, but it is not the case. Moreover, the commercialized food has a set time, in which you have to consume it after opening and as you know, the amount of food a baby eats varies each day. You cannot store it for too long and in this way, you may tend to throw away the left food, which results in adding up the total cost. However, if you are preparing fresh food at home, you can cook in small quantities so that it is not getting waste.
3. Easy to Prepare
Once you get into the habit of preparing the baby food on your own, you will realize that it is much easy to prepare. You will need a few things, and you are ready to go. Just puree the fresh ingredients in a blender, and you are done. If the ingredients are on sale, you can buy them in bulk and store them in the refrigerator. Prepare the food in advance and store it for the future. In this way, you will always have the fresh and healthy food ready with you.
4. Knowing it to the Best
If you are giving the home-made food to your baby, you will definitely know that what you are putting in his or her mouth. It is very important to know as if the child has any allergy, you will be able to judge that which ingredient has caused it. If you are giving him the canned food, it will be difficult to know which food is the reason. Similarly, by feeding your baby the home-cooked food, you can be sure of the purity of the ingredients, which you are neglecting by feeding the ready made food.
5. Easy Transition
This is the most important point which you should know. If you are giving your baby the home-made food, it will be easy for him to switch to the same solid food as he is eating the same food (in pureed form), from quite some time now. However, on the other hand, if you are giving your baby the commercialized food, it will be little difficult for him to transit to the home-cooked food later. If the baby is already having the food, which he has to eat later, it will be easy for the baby and you, both.
Apart from the above-mentioned points, flavor is another point, which you should think upon. Taste both the food yourself and decide which one is better. Canned foods have an altogether different flavor and texture as this is the only reason, these foods can last for a long time, that too without refrigeration. And on top of that, it is very satisfying and pleasing to watch your baby eating the food which you have prepared with such a dedication and hard work. You will also be very contented that you are giving an extremely healthy lifestyle to your baby.
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