When to make your baby food puree
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends breastfeeding as the only source of food and nutrition for infants below the age of 6 months. For those not able or interested in breast feeding, infant formula is a readily acceptable alternative. Once your baby is 6 months old, buckle up because things are about to get interesting! Your little one is ready for the addition of fruits and vegetables to their diet. Along with breast milk/formula, it can be fun to introducing your growing child to new flavors and food textures.
In the past, parents were often told to begin this foray into the new world of taste and texture with only rice cereal. However, Dr. Frank Greer MD, FAAP, past chair of the AAP Committee on Nutrition, says that “For a baby’s first food, rice cereal is not as nutritious as other food options”. Experimenting with healthier food options can be lots of fun!
Feeding infants and toddlers can be a messy affair and most children end up with more food on them than in them at first. A great solution to this problem is GoFreshBaby reusable food pouches. They are reusable, BPA free, durable and easy to use. Babies can enjoy the hands-on experience of squeezing food purees into their mouth while parents can rest easy knowing that there will be no leakage from the pouches. What’s more, the top spout design mimics those disposable single use options at a fraction of the cost over time.
What to cook – Great Puree Recipes
These are the top recipes that you can use to cook first foods and healthy on-the-go snacks.
- Avocados are great first foods for babies and don’t require any cooking at all. Simply slice an un-cooked avocado in half, remove the pit, scoop out all the delicious naturally buttery meat and mash it. You can blend this with breast milk/formula and it is ready to serve in your GoFreshBaby food pouches. For babies over a year old, you can spice up avocados with yogurt and fresh mango pulp.
- Homemade applesauce is easy to make, nutritious and very tasty. For applesauce, you will have to wash, peel and core apples, put them in a pot with just enough water to cover them and cook till tender. Puree the apples and voila!
- Sweet potatoes offer a nutritional power punch. Wash the potatoes very well, stab holes in the skin using a fork, wrap it up in foil and bake them in the oven at 400 degree F. Baking should take around 45 to 60 minutes. After they cool down, peel off the skin and blend it into a puree before funneling them into the GoFreshBaby food pouches.
- Bananas – enough said! This popular first food need only be peeled, diced and blended to the right consistency with added breast milk/formula to thin the puree.
- Pears are a great source of Vitamin A and C as well as folate. Ripe pears can be peeled, cored and blended. They can also be steamed and then blended into a food puree.
Cooking in larger quantities is a great idea because food purees can be stored in the refrigerator and freezer in GoFreshBaby pouches or ice cube trays. The next few recipes will help you create approximately 7 5-ounce pouches.
- Blueberry Applesauce Pouch – Mix 4 cups of applesauce with 4 ounces of pureed blueberries and pour into the pouches for a fruit nutrition punch.
- Banana Carrot Pouch – Peel and mash 4 bananas. Cook 4 medium sized carrots and puree them. Add 3 medium sized mashed ripe pears to finish the puree.
- Vegetable Pouch – Vegetables like broccoli and peas are very nutritious and easy to prepare. Cook and puree 16 ounces of broccoli and 10 ounces of peas. Add 2 medium pureed pears to this mix to give it the right dash of sweetness.
Remember purees can be stored in the refrigerator for 48 hours but if they are frozen immediately, they will last for up to 3 months.
How to use your GoFreshBaby Food Pouch
The GoFreshBaby reusable food pouch is easy to use, fill, and clean. Here are a few tips to help you along the way:
- The pouch features a secure double zip seal closure to prevent any leaks. If you are having trouble opening the seal – unscrew the cap, blow into the spout and firmly apply pressure to expand the bottom gusset. From there, use your thumbs to pry open the zip seal.
- Each GoFreshBaby food pouch is designed to hold 5 ounces of semi-solid food and purees. Do not overfill the pouch. Hold it in a way that leaves the zip closure parallel to the ground to enable easy filling. A funnel makes filling your pouch a snap!
- We recommend using a bottle brush to clean the pouch in warm soapy water but you can also place in the top rack of the dishwasher.
Try a particular food item for at least 4 days to ensure that it is acceptable to the baby before you mix things up. Your wallet and baby will thank you for making the effort. Check out these links to learn more about the GoFreshBaby reusable food pouch features or to order now!