Starting on solid foods can be very exciting for both baby and parents. But with so many options of baby food in the market, parents may face a dilemma – should you buy the readymade ones or make your own at home? To make things easier for you, in this post I will list down the pros and cons of Homemade vs. Store-bought Baby Food.
Pros of homemade baby food
Food safety – since you are preparing it yourself, you have full control of the ingredients and process of making the homemade baby food. Nothing that goes into the food that you are unaware of. And your baby gets to enjoy freshly made purees!
Cost saving – although you have to fork out some $$$ to buy a food processor to get started, overall, making your own baby food will become cost-effective as you can prepare them in bulk and keep them frozen.
Food variation – creating your own baby food is fun as you get to make up your own food combinations to cater to your baby’s tastes and nutritional needs without having to buy multiple jars.
Cons of homemade baby food
Time consuming – especially for working parents. Cutting up foods, checking for seeds and pits, and constantly refreshing ingredients may take a lot of your time.
Food preservation – homemade baby food has no preservatives, hence it does not keep as well. They can be kept frozen, however should be made and stored in small batches.
Pros of store-bought baby food
Time saving – for working parents, store-bought baby food is ideal for you. The process of making your own purees may be lengthy, hence jarred foods save you a lot of time. Just pop one jar and dinner is served!
Portability – it is easy to store jars of baby food in your nappy bag or handbag if you are out and about. All you need is a spoon and it is mealtime for your baby!
Cons of store-bought baby food
Uneconomical – in the long run, jarred foods will cost you more than homemade baby food. For example, the price of a jar of readymade food is almost the same price as a bag of peas, which can be used to make multiple meals while a jarred food is typically for only one serving.
Food preservatives – A jarred food can contain a variety of listed and unlisted preservatives to ensure the food is stable. Therefore it is essential to always check the listed ingredients and best to opt for organic baby food that contains nothing but the good stuff! Check out Bellamy’s, Rafferty’s Garden, Bubs Organic, and more.
At the end of the day, the food you feed your baby is a personal choice – bought or not. As long as your baby is healthy and gets all the nutrition needed for growth and development, it does not really matter! If you have the time, you can have fun in the kitchen making homemade baby food. But jarred foods are not all bad either.