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Homemade meal for an infant, i.e. an alternative to jar fast food

Homemade meal for an infant, i.e. an alternative to jar fast food

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A characteristic click and the dish lands in the bowl. How easy is that. Many mothers can't imagine another way to feed their toddler. There are many arguments for this type of meal: a certain source of ingredients, vegetables from controlled crops, organic farming, rational portions, richness of ingredients and flavors, meal fragmentation appropriate to the age of the child, convenience, etc. I have also heard from a mother that prefers to spend time with the child having fun than in the kitchen cooking. Sure I do!
Behind the jar diet there are also minuses, which I registered using the benefits of the store shelf:

  • The first and probably the most important is price. At first it may not be much, because only a few zlotys a day, but over time the meals are more complex, larger, and thus more expensive. One of my friends I have a snack said that she does not intend to save on a child and therefore buys dishes from reputable companies specializing in meals for babies and young children. Everyone has their own opinion and I try to respect them, although I do not always agree.
  • The second downside is taste. Dear mothers, have you tried broccoli from a jar? Nothing resemble those freshly prepared at home, neither appearance, taste nor smell, unfortunately. The fish dish doesn't taste good either. Personally, I associate it with cheap canned fish. Other dishes, despite the richness of colorful and delicious ingredients on the label, taste very similar.
  • Anyone who has dealt with a carrot, apple or tomato from a jar knows how it is difficult to wash a stained clothing or bib. He writes this in place of another defect, because no carrot prepared by himself stains so permanently.

I have a few more up my sleeve, but more on that later ...
While expanding my little daughter's diet, I used ready-made meals for babies. I didn't even consider cooking meals for her before her first birthday. However, things went differently. I had no choice because my baby's tummy did not tolerate dishes in jars and he simply rebelled. I could cook with mousse or like it. Only health of my child counted ...

I do not want to convince anyone to force my children to cook, but there are many mothers who want to do it, and I willingly serve my advice and share experiences.

I watched my child closely for several months. I registered how she eats, how much she eats and what she likes the most. I managed to develop a lot of recipes that I have successfully used and continue to use. They were created after careful analysis of current infant nutrition patterns. Sometimes I picked up a bowl of spaghetti or salmon myself.

Here are some of my tips:

  • Get a blender. It will be useful for the next few months, and it will greatly facilitate the preparation of the meal. Later it will be great for afternoon tea cocktails for the whole family. Kitchen scales will also work great. It will allow you to control the size of served and eaten portions.
  • Avoid or minimize buying baby products in hypermarkets. The vegetables sold there are usually imported and they have a nice warm chemical cup.
  • New Vegetables introduce graduallyto know in the event of an allergy what to eliminate from the diet.
  • The first vegetables are good steam. They retain many vitamins, taste, and preparation time is very short.
  • Hold on fixed feeding hours, but if the child clearly refuses to eat a meal, do not force, try to wait 20-30 minutes.
  • Create for yourself calm atmosphereso that your nervousness doesn't spread to your baby.
  • In a chair, deckchair, where you prefer, however, try to always play everything the same. Children feel safe in situations that they are familiar with.
  • Do not be discouraged if the child spits soup, in the preparation of which you put all your heart. Toddler needs time to get used to new flavors. Sometimes he will try a dozen or so times before he is convinced by the taste of peas or beans.
  • Experiment !!! If your toddler loves the taste of apple and spits on vegetable soup, don't be afraid to add an apple slice to the boiling soup or a few teaspoons of apple juice instead of water. A dish with a fruity note can turn out to be a hit.
  • Under no circumstances do not use salt and other spices from its contents, even if the dish seems to you bland and unsaturated. The child does not have an educated taste yet, so he will like what you give him. Over time, you will start using various aromatic herbs that will improve the taste of dishes, and leave the salt to road workers for the winter.
  • Form the right eating habits from the beginning.

Cooking for a child is not as difficult as it seems. If you want, you can feel like a magician in the kitchen, and an empty bowl will make you the happiest mom in the world. Serving meals prepared at home will make your toddler get to know many new flavors, which he will probably like, which will make your healthy meals more enjoyable in the future. Dishes in jars have such a taste that it is difficult to isolate peas, carrots or broccoli in them. It is much easier to shape the taste in an infant than in a preschool child, so if your child likes brussels sprouts or spinach right now, there is a high probability that they will always like them.

Here are some of my suggestions to get you started: