Here are some quick tips on what you can do before preparing your baby’s food, how to best go about serving, and what to do when storing it. These advice will help make meal time with your baby healthy and hygienic.
Tips on Hygiene
In order to give your baby the best experience, be sure to keep proper hygiene in the preparation, serving, and preservation of their food.
- Wash your hands with soap before making any food
- Clean vegetables, fruits, and meat, well before using them in foods
- Wash all utensils and dishes with soapy water after each use
- Use separate cutting boards for your raw meat and vegetables, and produce that don’t need cooking (e.g. cheese, fruits, cooked vegetables, etc.). This will help avoid cross-contamination and the raw juice mixing with ready foods.
Tips on Serving
- In order for your baby’s food to cool quicker, separate the meat or vegetables into pieces
- You can also spread your baby’s pureed food flatter on their bowl to cool faster
- Offer sips of water for dehydration, but do not give other drinks, apart from breastmilk or formula. Make sure to boil and cool your water before serving.
- Sit your baby on a high chair so that they are able to join in with your family and can sit upright.
- Watch your baby as they eat. Don’t leave your child alone. This can prevent choking hazards or other risks.
Tips on Preservation
- Once your baby’s food has cooled down, put it in the fridge or freezer right away, with a closed top.
- Label the food with the name and the date it was cooked.
- Do not keep in fridge for longer than 2-3 days.
- There are certain foods that can’t be preserved for long, such as those containing milk, raw onions, citrus, etc.
Preserving Store-bought and Homemade Baby Foods
If you have prepared a batch of baby food or if you have recently opened a jar of commercial baby food, it is best you feed it to your baby as soon as possible.
However, it is also possible to keep the leftover in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
For store-bought baby food, make sure to check the expiry date. Also, check that there is a popping sound when you open the jar. This would ensure that the safety seal has not been broken. If the jar has been opened previously, then it is best not to serve it to your child.
It is also better if you put the food you will be serving your child in a separate dish. This is for when the size you are serving is less than the whole jar or portion. This way, you can make sure that your baby’s saliva from the serving spoon does not contaminate the rest of the food. This will help store the food better.
For homemade baby recipes follow as a general guide: