When the baby finally gets old enough to start moving away from a diet solely of breast milk or formula, parents are given many choices. Do you choose the organic veggies or the regular? Do you Pinterest it and start making your own? How do you know your baby is getting the absolute best nutrition possible?
Most infant food consists of only the vegetable or fruit purees. There have been recalls on some of the cereals for arsenic and other problems, so what is safest?
Look up "homemade baby food" on Pinterest and you'll find tons of ideas and recipes. In reality, all you have to do is saute or steam vegetables in water, puree (they make special hand-held mixers for baby food) and for perfect portions, drop the puree in ice cube trays then freeze. When you need to feed your little one, pop and melt. Make sure the food isn't too hot. When you make the food, you can choose whether you use organic or regular food and you have two ingredients- the veggie/fruit and water.
When you buy from the store, you are trusting the company. You are making choices and hoping that the brands know best when it comes to infant nutrition. Everyone knows that commercially grown fruits and vegetables that are not organic are grown with a mix of pesticides and herbicides. Organic is also grown with a mix (but not as much as regular). So, what are the differences between regular and organic baby foods, besides the price?
You can see there isn't much difference, they are all made with simple ingredients and very little "bad things", but the organic is made with organic foods instead of regular.
Homemade only has ingredients that YOU put in. There will be no preservatives and no extra additives- it will only be the chosen ingredients and water.The one major win over homemade baby food that both regular store-bought and organic has, is that companies can fortify the food to contain any vitamin or mineral that they need. With homemade, the average person can't just add extra vitamins safely, so you need to keep track and make sure your homemade food follows all of the nutritional guidelines for your child's age.
With all of this in mind, there doesn't seem to be a clear-cut winner. Organic and regular foods have the same ingredients, and homemade may come out ahead when it comes to cost, but there are drawbacks to each type of food.
In the end, it's all up to you. Organic and commercial foods barely have differences. Homemade keeps babies a little slimmer in general and you have full control over the ingredients, but you can miss out on important nutrients that are fortified into commercial foods. It also requires more storage and a tiny bit more time.
How do you feed your baby? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!