Posted: Jun 08, 2012 10:00 AM
Making homemade baby food is all the rage among mommy groups these days. But is there really a difference between the stuff you steam yourself and the jars of baby food you can find in the market? Here we break down the pros and cons of jar baby food versus homemade baby food.

Pros of jar baby food

  • It's already ready. Have a late night? Simply grab a jar from the pantry… done and done.

  • It's portable.
  • You don't have to worry about transferring it or keeping it refrigerated during transit.

Cons of jar baby food

  • It's pricey. Particularly the organic stuff.

  • It can sometimes include preservatives or other additives that you don't want your baby to have.
  • You are limited to what's available… unless you do a little creative mixing at home.

Pros of homemade baby food

  • You can make as much or as little as you need and store it in the freezer for months at a time.

  • You know exactly what's in it and have control over new and exciting combinations for your baby (including adding breastmilk instead of water to thin it out, etc.).
  • It is free of preservatives.

Cons of homemade baby food

  • It is time-consuming to make. 

  • If you make a big batch of cauliflower purée and your baby hates it, it all goes to waste. (Unless you can think of some really fun and creative ways to use a big batch of puréed cauliflower. If that's the case, please, do tell!)

It all comes down to preference here. If your baby loves the jarred stuff, buy in bulk. If he's scarfing down your homemade peas and blueberry purée, keep blending it up. The bottom line is both homemade and jars of baby foods offer one great benefit -- introducing your baby to his first foods. Be sure to offer baby a wide variety of taste options. And don't be discouraged if he doesn't love it on the first try. You may have to try one food multiple times before he develops a taste for it.

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