You’ve probably heard a lot about the advantages of homemade baby food. After all, it can be healthier and more cost-effective, especially for families who eat healthy foods at home on a regular basis. However, making your own baby food isn’t for everyone. As much as people rave about the advantages of homemade baby food, there are some negatives to watch out for, as well.
Increased Risk of Ingesting Nitrates
Babies who ingest too much nitrate, a chemical found in water and soil, are at risk for developing a type of anaemia called methemoglobinemia. Some vegetables can contain nitrates, particularly carrots, beets, green beans, spinach and squash. If you have well water, it should contain less than 10 ppm of nitrates. It is difficult to know, when preparing your own baby food, how much of this chemical your little one is getting. On the other hand, store-bought baby food is tested for nitrates and can ensure that your baby is not ingesting high levels of the dangerous chemical.
For families who sit down regularly for dinner to enjoy home-prepared healthy meals, it can make sense to pop that night’s veggies in a food processor for the baby. However, for single parents or busy families, who tend to dine out or eat takeout food, finding the time to steam and blend your baby’s meals may simply be too challenging. When you’re short on time, you may just want to enjoy all of your spare time with your bundle of joy instead of working in the kitchen. In such a case, it may make sense to spend 30 seconds picking out store-bought food for the week instead of 30 minutes engaged in food preparation.
Unless you don’t mind blending, puréeing, mashing your daily meals into small amounts for your baby so he’ll have something for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, you’re going to need to make large quantities of baby food and store it in the freezer so that it doesn’t spoil. Chances are, you won’t have the time to make baby food on a daily basis. Most moms freeze baby food in ice cube trays, then once it's frozen, they transfer the baby food ice cubes into freezer bags for storage so that they can be thawed and prepared at a later time. This can become quite space-consuming.