Homemade or From the Jar: Which Baby Food Is Best? 

A newborn needs breast milk or baby formula to receive the required nutrients during the first six months of life. Afterwards, a baby should adjust to adult food gradually. It is crucial to make each piece of food safe for a baby to prevent choking when dealing with BLW. Nevertheless, the first food should be mashed to let a baby taste the product and swallow it safely. What food is better – in-a-jar or homemade?

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Pros and Cons of Food From the Jar

Today, many companies produce adult food in small one-serving portions in jars. Parents introduce new products to their children using adapted and tested vegetables and fruit that lack bacteria and germs. 

The negative aspects of food from the jar are the following.

  • Some advanced baby-food companies set too high prices for their promoted products.
  • Manufacturers usually use preservatives so as not to let blended vegetables, fruit, and meat get spoiled before the expiration date. Moreover, the lifespan of such products is always longer.
  • Raw products never stay fresh for long. That’s why companies process food. Unfortunately, boiling, stewing, steaming, and baking partially kill nutritional values like vitamins and minerals. 
  • Packaging is not always recyclable, so it’s not eco-friendly.
  • Unreliable baby-food companies use heavy metals, sugar, antibiotics, and taste enhancers.
  • Some irreputable manufacturers do not mention harmful ingredients or “mask” them, using complex terms that the target customer doesn’t understand. 

To avoid the above-described problems, parents should buy baby food from reliable companies. For example, Organic’s Best deals with dependable companies that produce organic food without chemicals and harmful substances. For instance, HiPP baby cereal has whole grains without sugar. One can mix it with water or milk. The advantages of organic baby food from jars are the following.

  • They are easy to use, especially when being on one’s way.
  • One will not find added sugar and harmful substances there.
  • Such products are safe due to sterile preparation conditions.
  • It remains tasty even two hours after opening a jar.
  • In-jar food is safe because authoritative organizations have tested its quality.

Pros and Cons of Homemade Baby Food

Many pediatricians recommend preparing meals for kids at home because “you know what you add.” Indeed, parents can select the best quality products when preparing homemade food. For example, they will never take rotten vegetables and fruit when preparing blended mixtures. A parent can decide what meat or fish to offer to a child, being sure that it is fresh and not refrozen many times.

Another benefit of homemade cooking is the lack of all harmful substances, such as:

  • preservatives,
  • stabilizers,
  • salt and sugar,
  • flavors,
  • coloring,
  • antibiotics,
  • taste enhancers,
  • GMOs,
  • chemicals.

Homemade food does not require all these supplements because it is always fresh and is usually served within a day. 

Besides, the variety of homemade food can help a baby enjoy different tastes because baby-food manufacturers create the most chosen variants of ready food. For example, they combine broccoli and ham because the years of experience showed that their customers choose this combination of products. Parents, on the contrary, can replace the ham with turkey or broccoli with cauliflower and a carrot. 

The opposing sides of homemade food are:

  • It takes a lot of time (chopping, peeling, boiling, mashing, blending, etc.).
  • Its lifespan is short because it is without preservatives.
  • Taking it with you when you’re on your way or need to spend several days outside the home is uncomfortable.
  • Beginners always wonder what BLW slices and textures are safe to avoid choking.

Conclusion

Baby food from the jar is an excellent choice for parents who travel or are too busy to cook. Besides, such food is sterile and tested by the FDA or the EFSA. One can find corresponding labels on their packages. Moreover, one should buy products only from reputable companies that have gained positive reputations and mention all ingredients on their packages. 

Homemade food is safe and should be at the beginning of the lure because a baby can be allergic to some food. For instance, pediatricians recommend giving carrots, oranges, eggs, and other allergic products separately to see a baby’s reaction and exclude them in case of intolerance.

So, both types of food are good. A parent’s job is to combine them when possible and select only top-quality baby food products to feed the dearest safely. 

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