Homemade Baby Food vs Commercial Baby Foods

There are so many different commercial brands of baby food on the market today. Commercial Baby Food is available in lots of different forms but in this article we are talking mainly about puree baby food in jars and pouches.

But, another healthier option is homemade baby food. This difference in foods may not seem like a lot, however, it can be significant if you take a closer look.

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Commercial baby foods can be simple and more convenient. The baby foods that you buy on the market can have impurities. The ingredient list seems clear enough however, sometimes it is not that simple.

When I was feeding my first son, I found a jar that was very salty. It made me wonder, upon looking I discovered there is at least 10 mg of sodium in a jar of baby food. It turned out that there was so much sodium in this one jar, that the batch was recalled.

Even though commercial baby food is a food, it is factory made and can be recalled like any other item that is mass-produced. It is a good habit to taste every jar before you feed your child.

Learning the different stages of baby solids is very important when you are purchasing commercial baby food. Most commercial baby food companies offer suggestions as to when to start serving your baby foods, and when to change to the next stage.

  • Stage 1 suggests beginning around 4 months old.
  • Stage 2 suggests changing at around 6 months
  • At 8 months, you transfer to a stage three food.
  • Finally, around 12 months old you are able to serve them whatever the family is having for dinner.

Homemade Baby Food

The rules for homemade baby food are a bit different from commercially made foods. Homemade food offers you the ability to control what your bub eats. These foods allow you to not only choose when to start them, but also to determine what level of creaminess that your baby can handle.

It is nice to know that there are several different ways to prepare a puree for your baby food. You can prepare homemade baby food by baking, steaming, or even microwaving them. This works wonders for veggies and some fruits. However, not all foods will need to be cooked in order to puree, foods such as banana’s, mango’s, avocado etc.

As you prepare your homemade baby food, you will have the ability to determine how much chunk or texture you wish your baby to eat. Then over time you will be able to gauge how much food your baby needs.

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My Feeding Experience

I have had three children and they have all had different food experiences. My first child began commercial foods at about 6 weeks old. The doctor told me that I should follow with stage one foods between 3 and 4 months old. I was also advised to follow the suggestions of the jars about the ages to introduce new foods.

My second child took a different route when it came to baby food. He was my half and half baby. We delayed his food intake because I was nursing. When we decided to include formula we also included baby food. We started with stage one foods and then incorporated several components of our own supper as he showed interest. With him we used to have a grinder on the dinner table, in case he desired to eat a food we were having.

When I had my third child we took on a different approach to feeding. I breastfed her on demand. That means that I had to get to know my baby well enough to know the signs that she was hungry. My third baby decided when she wanted to eat, and then that continued when we started solids. We waited for her to show us the basic signs of being ready to eat.


Everyone will make their own choices when it comes to baby foods, however be sure to listen to your little one. Test the foods before offering them to your bub, for taste and temperature.

Feeding time can be challenging, so any tips or tricks you would like to share below would be greatly appreciated.

​How to Introduce Your Baby to Solid Foods

When your baby starts to show interest in what you are eating, it’s time to introduce your baby to solid foods. Starting solids is a big step for baby, so you need to be both patient and persistent. Solid foods are essential so bubs will grow healthy and strong.

Breast milk or formula is best for newborns, but when your baby turns 4 to 6 months, it’s time to begin feeding solid foods as a complement to breast-feeding or formula feeding.

It is during this period time, babies stop using their tongues to push food out of their mouth. They begin to develop a coordination to move solid food from the front to the back for swallowing.

All babies are different, so here are some signs that your baby is ready to start solid foods:

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  • He has good neck control and can sit upright when supported.
  • He can sit without support.
  • He looks, mouths and takes interest in what you are eating.
  • He reaches out for food.
  • He is mouthing his hands.
  • Chewing on toys

If you see some or all of these signs, then it is time to start introducing your baby to solid foods.

When is the Right Time to Introduce Baby to Solids

When you first introduce your baby to solid foods, it is a good idea to offer solids when he is both happy and relaxed.

My son was five months old when I first introduced him to solid foods, I used to offer him breast milk or formula first, to satisfy the hunger, then I would offer solid foods to complete the feed.

What are the Signs your Baby is Ready for Solid Food

There are a few subtle signs that your baby is ready to try solid foods

  1. He gets excited when he sees you getting the food ready.
  2. He is opening his mouth as you are about to feed him.
  3. He is leaning towards you while sitting in a high chair.

What are the Signs your Baby is Full

  • He turns his head away.
  • He is losing interest or getting distracted.
  • He is clamping his mouth shut.

Continue to breast-feed or formula feed your baby as usual, then you may do the following:

  1. Start with a baby cereal. Mix 1 tbsp. of single-grain baby cereal with 4 tablespoons of breast-milk or formula. Even if the cereal is almost liquid in form, don’t serve it from the bottle. Let your baby sit in an upright position, then offer it with a small spoon at least twice a day.
  2. Once your baby gets the hang of swallowing, mix it with less liquid, then bit by bit, increase the amount you offer.
  3. You can also use single-grain oatmeal, or barley cereal. Some mums prefer rice cereal. Any of these will do.
  4. Once your baby gets used to eating cereals, introduce your baby to pureed fruits, vegetables, and meat. If you wish to make your own puree foods, a great way to offer healthy foods is by using Baby Feeding Storage Pouches , you can serve straight away or freeze for later.
  5. Offer a single ingredient food with no sugar, or salt. Don’t change the kind of food your baby eats every day, wait at least three to five days before introducing new foods. This is so that you can check whether he has a reaction to a particular food such as a rash or vomiting.
  6. Begin introducing a combination of home made baby food after your baby is used to single-ingredient foods.
  7. Introduce finger foods when your baby is around 8 to 10 months old.

My Experience of Introducing SolidsJCSolids

I started my son Jackson on solids at around 5 months, first on farax (which is similar to porridge), with only a small amount to begin, so he slowly got used to it.

Then I introduced puree fruits and vegetables, and he also sucked on teething rusks, followed by a little bit of bread.

After several weeks, we then progressed to mashed fruit and vegetables, then finger foods, and by the time Jackson was 12 months old he was on cows milk and ate the foods that we ate.

One recommendation I can make, when introducing foods that can cause allergies, such as eggs, dairy, fish, I made sure I introduced them early in the day and monitored him for any concerning reactions… but luckily he had no allergic reactions.

We would love to hear about your experiences when introducing solid foods to your baby? Or share some easy yummy Baby Food Recipes………….