5 Top Tips For Deliciously Simple Homemade Baby Food
We're all parents here at Tutti Bimbi, and between us we've tried and tested every method, tip and trick we have ever come across in the hope of making less of a chore out of homemaking our baby's meals. What we've found is that these 5 tips are the basis of nutritious & delicious homemade baby food simplicity.
1. Get organised and plan ahead!
Plan out your little one's meals for the week, and create your shopping list from the weekly food plan.Be armed and ready with healthy baby food recipes (you can check out some of our yummy recipes here), so you can go out and buy fresh, nutrient-rich ingredients. After all, our little ones deserve only the best! You'll save more money, waste less food and will only have to put consideration into it once a week. You can put together a week's menu that provides nutrition, variety and introduces new kinds of foods in a methodical way. Don't forget to use the Three Day Rule when introducing new foods to test for allergic reactions. To find out more, download our FREE 'Quick and Easy Guide to Weaning' simply by clicking to Join the Tutti Bimbi Club.
2. Get equipped!
If your kitchen bears the essentials for batch cooking, puréeing and storage, you'll have one less thing to worry about. When you're baby is approaching weaning age, do your research on products and prepare yourself for the coming stages. Keep it simple and buy high quality products that last. The essentials are food processor or blender, steamer, microwave, and a multi-use storage tray for using in the freezer, oven, microwave and dishwasher (take a peek at our Tutti Bimbi Baby Food Freezer Tray!)
3. Cook to Save Nutrients
And as our children deserve the best, those delicious, fresh ingredients should be cooked in the right way to preserve those all important nutrients for growing babies. Steaming and baking are the best ways of cooking for young children, as they don't involve the ingredients being consumed in water (this can dissolve out a lot of great nutrients) and cook the foods thoroughly until until soft and tender.
4. Make a Recipe Plan and Record your Progress
Some foods are safe to introduce from 6 months, but others are better left until your little one is slightly older. Get the COMPLETE list of all foods safe to introduce at different ages here FREE as our gift. We want all parents to have a fun, easy time starting their child on solid food. These 6 Charts will go through the best and safest foods to introduce at each Stage, and help you to follow the 3 Day Rule when introducing them.
5. Batch cooking is the way forward!
You will come to loathe meal times if you have to prepare and cook little meals as well as your own every day, and usually end up with more wasted food than eaten food. Cooking once every 4 or 5 days takes so much less of your already scarce time, and uses up all of those pre-planned ingredients to last as long as you want it to. Once you've found the perfect storage option, you can prepare delicious meals for the week, then freeze them until you need them. Personally, we love our Tutti Bimbi Baby Food Freezer Tray, as it has nine perfect sized baby portions that pop out super easily!
We know hear so often from parents that they were super excited about the weaning phase, but it soon fizzled out and left them completely given up on homemade meals, and settling for store-bought jars thanks to their lack of time and the extra stress they didn't need. The creator of our Tutti Bimbi Baby Products, Jo, did the exact same thing, until she decided to start creating simple solutions.
"I had invested so much money into various different products for weaning my little girl, but when the stage actually came around, I didn't have the time to be using five different products to prepare and cook her meals. I didn't know where to start, what to cook, how to cook it, how to find the time. " Says Jo.
"But then I decided to become organised with meal plans and shopping trips, and to create my own solution for batch cooking and storage."
And so, in 2014, Jo created a baby food storage tray of nine perfect sized baby meal pots of 2.5 ounces, made from a BpA and Phthalates free silicone- the safest plastic option for baby products as there will be no nasty chemicals leaking into your delicious homemade baby food. The clever silicone makes it flexible and soft, easy to pop out foods frozen or otherwise, and can be used in the fridge, freezer, oven, microwave and dishwasher. The new Baby Weaning Kit also comes with 2 heat-sensitive baby spoons and you'll receive a free download of our full Wonderful World of Weaning Guide e-book, too, so it is the perfect gift for any new parent.
"It was important to me that one product was enough. I'd had it with plastic pots falling out the freezer and shattering, I was done with cleaning purée mess off the refrigerator shelves, and I definitely didn't need the stress of struggling to get food out of awkward pots and ice cube trays while my little girl screams impatiently. This tray needed to be diverse in order to be useful and make the task of batch cooking so much easier. My criteria for the tray was versatility, optimum safety, time-saving and less mess."
"Once I achieved my goal, and started enjoying cooking my babies meals again, I knew I had to share it with other parents. Fresh and nutritious homemade meals are so important for our growing babies, and the excitement of the weaning stages shouldn't be overtaken by stress."
With its cosy, transparent lid, and ability to neatly stack, our Tutti Bimbi Baby Weaning Kit became a quick hit among parents on Amazon, much to our pleasure! After setting up business in only July of 2014, our little Tutti Bimbi has grown into a thriving retailer of baby products on both the UK and US Amazon sites, and now has a second product on the market, Tutti Bimbi's 100% Organic Bamboo Reusable Wash Cloth Baby Wipes.
"Sharing my product with other parents was one of the best things I've ever done. Making the lives of Tutti Bimbi customer's easier is of the utmost importance to our company, and we pride ourselves in offering them only the best products."
"The idea of Tutti Bimbi, is to find a simple solution to parenting pot holes, by creating lasting high quality, useful products that put the safety of our little ones first and making them readily available at an affordable price."