Saturday, May 26, 2012

Proper procedures when making baby food recipes

Babies are the pride and joy of our civilization we live in today. Keeping them safe is one of the most important things that we all look into to ensure they grow up health and strong. Nutrition is a crucial part of our little ones lives. It determines their allergies, weight, energy, and well being of the child, but so many foods have additives in them it’s hard to keep track. Some are even expired and sitting on the shelf for way to long or have had other textures or mixtures within the process of making the baby food, so how can we make sure are child is safe? 

Many choose to make their own baby food, but many also do not take the proper precautionary measures when doing so. There are ways you can make your own baby food, know what is going into your baby's food and how you can make it safe for your child to eat, instead of taking a shot in the dark with other baby food brands out there. 

Here are some tips for the caring mother and father to know what is needed of them:

Tip One: Make sure your hands and food are properly washed

It is very important that you wash your hands and any foods that are being prepared for the child to avoid unwanted friends like germs and bacteria. Remember that a healthy baby is a happy baby. This also makes a happy mommy and daddy. Taking the time to wash the fruits and vegetables could be one of the most promising things you can do to ensure your baby will not catch or contract anything.

Tip Two: Try to avoid cross contamination

Use different utensils, bowls, and so on to avoid cross contamination. This will ensure that you are taking every measure there is to protect your baby. You do not want them being introduced to unsightly bacteria and germs by accident. This simple extra step can avoid that

Tip Three: Refrigerate

You can refrigerate or freeze your baby’s leftovers or unused baby food within two hours of preparing them to avoid expiration or germs.

Tip Four: Temperatures for preparing foods

Be sure that, when you are preparing foods,  you cook them to the proper temperatures to ensure your child is not going to be eating undercooked food. For ground beef, at least cook it to 160 degrees. For chicken, be sure it is all white in the middle and at a temperature of 165 degrees before mashing it up. Make sure that when you are done preparing all these foods that your refrigerator is set at a low of 40 degrees to ensure shelf life to be longer and healthier for your child.

Tip Five: Make sure you know about recalls

It is very important that you stay in touch with stores and news to watch for recalls on anything and everything that may involve the foods you use or may buy soon. Checking for expiration dates will also help ensure that your child is getting the best value that money can buy with all the nutrition they could possibly get.

These tips are to help ensure that you can prepare home recipes for your child. Always remember to check with your doctor to make sure what foods are appropriate for your child and to watch out for any possible allergies your child may have to any foods you buy. Keeping a log of what foods you are buying and when you bought them can help as well. Always be sure to re-check items when needed you can never be to safe when it comes to your child and his or her health.

Kate Matheson loves her newborn son, Zechery. Even though he is just a few months old, Kate is already thinking about all of the things she needs to do to make sure he is taken care of. This includes health insurance coverage. She recently checked out for information and a great deal for her son!

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