Commercial baby foods are convenient for busy parents, but compared to home cooked foods, commercial pureed baby foods have the same taste and texture all the way through. Savoury commercial baby foods also contain very small amounts of meat – this means that they are low in iron and protein.
It is easy to make your own baby food, and some simple additions will make commercial baby foods more tasty and nutritious. Here are some simple ideas:
- Puree tender, slow cooked meat, and serve this with home cooked mashed or vegetables.
- Mix mashed or pureed fruit with full fat, unsweetened yoghurt.
- Thicken pureed baby foods by adding baby cereal, or add some home cooked mashed vegetables.
- Add home cooked meat to improve the iron and protein content of savoury commercial baby foods.
For more information see Women’s and Children’s Health Network Nutrition Resources For Children Under 5