How to use your Baby Food
Making the best baby food for your little toddler has never been easier and more practical with the use of a baby food maker. Thanks to the Steamer Blender Baby Food Preparation Unit which is a combined baby food maker that steams and blends, all the essential processes are now integrated to help parents prepare the yummiest baby foods quick and easy.
And to make it even more convenient for mums and dads, a baby food recipes cookbook is included as a bonus with the unit. Now all you’re left to do is to figure out how to properly use your baby food steamer and blender. Cherub Baby is more than happy to show you how!
Homemade baby food:
So why would you want to use your own steamer and blender? Aside from making it easier, most parents also find that using a baby food steamer and a baby food blender is a safe way to make baby food because you get to monitor the process yourself and know what is going into the food you make your child. As opposed to commercial baby products where you can never be too sure, doing it yourself using Natriblend ensures that your baby’s meal is touched only by your own hands.
You now want to get the most out of this unit. To help you with this, Cherub Baby compiled some important tips on how to use and maximise your food preparation unit.
First, be sure to familiarise yourself with the technical basics of the food steamer and blender. You can do this just by taking some time to read through the instruction manual that comes with your device. The Natriblend Steamer Blender comes with an instruction manual that has the step by step ways to use and maintain the device.
Prepare the food:
Once you have taken note of the technical precautions of using your steamer-blender, you can now start to prepare the fruits or vegetables you will be using. One good reason why integrated products like a baby food steamer and blender are so convenient is because making your own baby food often entails steaming/cooking the veggies or ingredients first before you blend them – often leading to more pots, pans and washing up. As the two processes (steaming and blending) are complimentary when making baby food, a steamer and blender unit in one is ideal.
When to introduce solids to baby:
One of the most systematic ways of approaching the process of introducing solids to your baby is to pay attention to your baby’s level of development and interaction or interest when you are eating. Generally, parents are advised to introduce solid food to their baby within the first six months (depending on medical advice from 4 months onwards) after breastfeeding or formula feeding initially. This is the first stage of solid feeding development. During this time, it’s advisable practise to start with very smooth basic foods like baby rice cereal, soft pureed potatoes or pumpkin. It might be tempting to make a flavoursome pureed gourmet dish for your baby, but for this early stage of their development, it’s more important that they get used to the essential skills, such as chewing, and not get overwhelmed by more complex flavours. This is why avoiding stronger ingredients like garlic, onions, salt and sugar is recommended.
The second stage of your child’s solid feeding development comes after their first six to eight months (or as recommended by your doctor) where they’re now ready for tasty and more combined foods. For this stage of development, you can now try making tastier meals in your Natriblend steamer blender as included in the bonus cookbook. A staple favourite is the beef, broccoli and sweet potato combination because it’s savoury and easy to make for older babies who have now moved onto meat. The general process involves steaming the ingredients until they’re very tender, and then blending them to a thick consistency with a bit of texture. Later during this stage of feeding development is generally advised that you add some soft chunks and texture to the food so you ‘train’ your baby further in eating solid food and chew.
The last stage sets in about shortly after your baby’s 9th to 10th months. Here you can now make baby food that is actually already real food in the sense that more mature children (or even adults) can eat them, too. For this stage of development you can now experiment with dishes like burgers or rice meals cut into very small pieces for them to chew with close observation. This stage is individual to each stage and whether you baby has grasped the art of chewing.
What we’ve given there are basically just baseline considerations when using your baby food steamer and blender to introduce solid foods to your baby. These concepts will lay the foundation for effectively making your own healthy homemade baby food, and encouraging your babies solid food development processes.
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