Mothers often wonder when it is time to start feeding their babies baby food and real food in addition to formula or breast milk. For this information, you should consult your Pediatrician and follow your doctor’s orders. Doctors often will tell you to start your baby’s solid food diet with vegetables.
Often mothers wonder can I give my baby frozen vegetables?
According to Wholesome Baby Food, https://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/veggiefruit.htm, the answer is a big YES. You can give your baby frozen foods when starting their real food diets. In other words, when your doctor tells you it is time to start feeding your baby food, you can use frozen vegetables instead of fresh vegetables or store-bought jar baby food.
In many cases, frozen vegetables are healthier than jar baby food because there are no preservatives and additives included. If you read some baby food brand labels of store-bought baby food, you may find the manufacturer has added food coloring and preservatives to the natural ingredients. This is done to maintain the look of freshness in the jars.
Many mothers prefer to buy fresh vegetables and prepare them for their babies. They may even cook the vegetables for themselves and then freeze a portion for their child to eat later. This method can be researched online, where you will find many recipes for fresh vegetable baby food.
Other mothers will buy specific frozen vegetables to feed their babies. They will also cook these vegetables straight from the freezer to feed their babies. Both methods are acceptable according to Answers for New Parents, http://canigivemybaby.com/frozen-vegetables/.
Pediatricians will often tell you when your baby is six months of age to start solid foods. The key to feeding your baby new foods is to introduce one vegetable into his or her diet at a time. Doing this will give the babies system time to adjust to the new food, and you time to discover if your baby is allergic to the newly introduced food.
Nutrition of Frozen Vegetables
Frozen store-bought vegetables used as baby food have a tainted reputation because many mothers think they are not as good as fresh produce. Some mothers believe, frozen vegetables may not hold any nutritional value. We will see this can be far from the truth.
According to Answers for New Parents, some vegetables may lose a small percentage of the nutritional value during the freezing process. However, the majority of the vitamins and minerals of the frozen vegetables remain after freezing. In addition to this, frozen vegetables do not contain food coloring or additives.
Most companies freeze their vegetables shortly after harvest. Therefore, a great percentage of nutrients are still in the vegetables during the freezing process. According to Gene Lester, Ph.D., a national program leader for food safety and nutrition quality at the USDA, http://www.eatingwell.com/article/290575/fresh-vs-frozen-vegetables-are-we-giving-up-nutrition-for-convenience/, vegetables which are chosen by companies to be frozen are processed at their peak ripeness and are very nutritious when packed. It is safe to say frozen vegetables are as fresh and nutritious as fresh vegetables.
Now for a few nutritional facts about frozen vegetables.
- Peas and string beans – contain vitamin K, which is a crucial nutrient for blood clotting.
- Carrots – provide an excellent source of vitamin A, which is an important vitamin for skin health and the eyes.
- Lima Beans – contain plenty of iron, potassium, and fiber.
- Sweet potatoes – are packed with vitamins C and B-6 and protein.
- Broccoli – contains protein, vitamins K and C, filling fiber, and more vitamins.
Preparing frozen vegetables for your baby.
As with any unprocessed food, when preparing frozen vegetables for your baby to eat, it is important first to wash the vegetable thoroughly to remove any bacteria that may be attached due to the freezing process. After cleaning the vegetables, cook them thoroughly to make them tender and easy to digest. Do not serve vegetables that have been freezer burned.
Preparing frozen vegetables for babies with no teeth.
For babies with no teeth is very important to make sure the vegetables you are serving are cooked thoroughly. Then use a food processor to puree or mashed up the vegetable well. The texture you serve will depend on the age of the child to prevent choking. You may add formula or breast milk to thin out the vegetable into a smooth, silky mixture if the puree ore mashed vegetables are too thick. Do not use water to thin out the vegetable mixture. This will reduce the nutritional value.
Preparing frozen vegetables for babies with teeth.
For babies, which is very important to make sure the vegetables you are cooked thoroughly. Each serving should be chopped into small pieces. The size of the pieces may vary depending on the age of the child to prevent choking. Frozen vegetables can be used a finger food. You can also mash the vegetables and serve the mixture to your baby by spoon.
Whichever way you decide to prepare your child’s vegetables is entirely up to you. Remember to follow your Pediatricians guild lines on feeding real and solid foods to your baby. He or she will provide you with a chart displaying the acceptable vegetables to feed your child.
You can buy fresh vegetables to prepare and freeze yourself. This can be time-consuming and a little inconvenient if you are not freezing foods you are preparing for yourself. It will be as if you have to cook twice as much food, one meal for your baby and another for you.
Or you can buy already frozen vegetables and prepare them to feed to your baby—research online for the best companies to buy your frozen vegetables from. And remember always to read the labels. In either case, your baby will benefit from the nutritional value of having vegetables added to his or her diets.
Introducing real foods is an exciting time for you and your baby. Learning to eat from a little spoon is a new adventure for your baby.
And introducing new flavors and texture to your child’s taste buds is an experience either of you will never forget.
Remember to consult with your pediatrician to find out the right time to start feeding your real baby food. Having new food introduced will be a real taste bud adventure for you and your baby.
Start with one vegetable at a time to ensure your child is not allergic to the newly introduced food.
Then you can mix and match your baby’s favorite foods and present him or her with a plate of tasty vegetables each day. The nutritional value of vegetables is tremendous. And supplementing formula or breast milk with vegetables will increase your child’s weight and give you a happier and healthier baby.