When your baby starts on solids, they’ll need smooth, runny food. You’ll also need to think about health and safety while you’re making it too.
To make your baby’s food smooth, use a blender, mouli, or push the food through a fine sieve with a wooden spoon.
To thin the food down, add cooled water, breast milk, or if you are formula-feeding, add formula.
A great way to stock up on baby food is to cook a large amount, freeze portions in small containers or ice-cube trays, and use it over the next 3–4 weeks.
Food can be kept in the fridge for 2 days.
Hot food can burn your baby’s mouth. When heating frozen food, make sure it’s piping hot, then let it cool down before giving it to your baby.
Test the temperature of the food by stirring the food with a spoon and then putting the back of the spoon on the inside of your wrist. It shouldn’t feel hot.
Food cooked in a microwave oven keeps cooking after the microwave has stopped. If you use a microwave to heat your baby’s food, mix it well after heating, leave it for a few minutes, then mix it again before testing the temperature.
If you taste food from the spoon your baby will use, you can pass on viruses and bacteria to your baby. It’s best to use a clean spoon to feed your baby.
Viruses and bacteria can also be passed from your baby’s mouth into their food, so throw uneaten food away.