Feeding my children has always been one of my favourite things to do. It is a time to introduce them to flavours and textures and watch them the world around them! For the first 4 months of life, your infant survives solely on the nutrients and calories found in breast milk or formula. It is enough to sustain their system and encourage healthy growth and development. It isn’t until your infant nears their half birthday that their digestive system is able to handle solids. Introducing your baby to food is a huge milestone. It can be exciting, confusing and filled with challenges.
Store bought vs. Homemade Baby Food
Store bought baby food- Commercial baby foods offer speed and convenience, easy to store and travel with, and it takes the guess work out of what to feed your baby.
Homemade baby food- Making your own baby food gives you more control over the ingredients in the food itself, more variety in the types of foods used, it looks and tastes better, easy to make, can be stored for later use, less expensive and produces less waste.
Store bought baby food- Commercial baby foods has limited textures and flavours, are often filled with fillers and thickeners, and diluted with water resulting in fewer nutrients.
Homemade baby food – The disadvantage of homemade baby food is that it takes time to make the food, it is more difficult to travel with as it requires refrigeration and it spoils quicker.
With my first child, I used primarily store bought baby food. I was a new mom and very unsure of what to feed my infant. I ended up buying store bought baby food and relied on the knowledge of companies like Gerber and Heniz to feed my child. When my second son came along, I was a little more confident with my roll as a mother and began to experiment with baby food. Often times, it made more sense to feed him what I was finding my oldest. He ended up eating half store bought and half homemade. Whether it was due to laziness, convenience or the dislike of cooking more then one meal, when DD came along, she primarily ate homemade baby food.
Munchkin to the rescue!
Munchkin knows how important it is to feed your child homemade baby food and has created a line of products to make this process as easy as 1-2-3!
Step 1: Fresh Food Chopper & Steamer
This amazing 2-in-1 product allows you to chop your food into bit-size pieces perfect for steaming! The stainless steel cutting blade easily slices through vegetables and fruits collecting them in the steamer basket. Once you have chopped all your food, simple remove the blade and the sliding lid converts the devices from chopper to steamer instantly.
This was one of my favourite products. It was so easy use that my DS7 was able to cut up strawberries for our Food Friday recipe with a single hand motion. I loved that I was able to accomplish many things with one product allowing me to save space in the kitchen and be more efficient in my task. Who said fast food can’t be healthy?
Step 2: Mash with the Fresh Food Maker
After you steam your baby’s food, its important to puree it into an easy to manage consistency. The Fresh Food Maker uses a serrated, stainless steel blade to purees your steamed vegetables with just a push of a button. Its simple, quick and easy to use!
DS7 enjoyed using this machine too. It is the perfect size to whip up a single baby meal and was very easy to clean. I have used other food processes before and I found I had to shake or stir the mixture to ensure that everything was perfectly chopped. With the Munchkin Fresh Food Maker, it tore through the vegetables in no time and achieved a smooth consistency without any intervention.
Step3: Storage with the Stackable trays or the Fresh Food Freezer Pops
Once you have created your healthy, homemade baby food, you need to properly store it so that it remains fresh and tasty when you need it. Munchkin has come up with two uniqiue ways to store your food.
Stackable trays – The stackable trays are convenient trays with an air-tight lids. They are prefect for creating 24 1oz portions that can be stacked, frozen and served at another time
The size of the stackable trays is perfect for creating homemade baby food. It provides individual meals and allows you to choose as many cubes as you needed. The airtight lid prevented spillage and kept the food fresh tasting. However, the trays are made of solid plastic and even when twisting as you was is difficult to remove the food without some force.
Freezer Pops – Freezer pops are a unique way to create a healthy, homemade treat. Yogurt, fruit, or juice can be poured into the molds, frozen then enjoyed later on as popcicle. The molds have easy grip handles that allow your baby to develop fine motor control while maintaining a secure grip and the trays separate to allow for easy storage.
The freezer pops are amazing. The Popsicle hold approx 2 Tbsps of liquid and is the perfect serving size for a baby who prefers to feed herself. I love the large handle as it provides a secure grip and is easy for an uncoordinated baby to use. The separating trays came in handy when placing them in the freezer and allowed me to remove only the pops I needed without melting the rest.
To test out these products, DS7 made Frozen Strawberry puree pops!
|Strawberry Puree Pops|| || |
- 2.5 cups of strawberries
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Remove the stems from the strawberries and chop them in Munchkin's Fresh Food Chopper & Steamer.
- Transfer chopped strawberries (and their juice) into Munchkin's Fresh Food Maker.
- Add honey and lemon juice to the mashed strawberries and mix well.
- Pour the Strawberry mixture into Munchkin's Freezer pops and freeze overnight (Minimum 4-6 hours)
I wish I had had this Fresh Food Feeding Line when I first became a mother as it would have made more confident in preparing homemade food for my first son.
Thanks Munchkin for your Fresh Food Feeding Line!
Its the little things!
All product are available on the Munchkin website or at Walmart locations across Canada.
Munchkin has an amazing contest on their Facebook page called Fresh Food Fridays. To enter the contest, share a photo of your little one enjoying fresh foods and every “Fresh Friday”, one lucky winner will receive a full Fresh Food Feeding line system. First winner will be announced July 5th.