Homemade Baby Food Vs. Store Bought Baby Food

It’s time for a showdown: homemade baby food vs. store bought. What are the differences, and which is better? Find out below!

homemade vs. store bought baby food

Homemade Baby Food Vs. Store Bought Baby Food

 

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between store bought baby food, and baby food that is homemade? You are not alone! There are some very vocal advocates for homemade baby food, while others seem content with store bought. So, what is the real difference between the two? Let’s take a look!

 

Homemade Baby Food

 

No Preservatives

Homemade baby food doesn’t have any preservatives or ingredients that you cannot pronounce. It is just whole foods, blended up into a delicious puree. You have the peace of mind of knowing exactly what your baby is getting.

 

More Nutritious

Due to the lack of preservatives or other additives, homemade baby food tends to be more nutritious. You can add spinach, avocado, and many other healthy greens to ensure that your baby is getting a well-balanced and healthy meal.

 

Cheaper

When making baby food, if you use what your family is eating, it is a lot cheaper than buying baby food at the store. Plus, if you make a large batch of food, you can freeze the rest for later.  

 

Introduce Baby to New Flavors

Store bought baby food is rather limited in the flavor department. Many parents love the freedom that making baby food gives them to introduce unique flavor combinations that the whole family regularly enjoys. This way, baby grows up with the family food palette and has an easier time transitioning to real food later on.

 

Shorter Shelf-Life

Due to the lack of preservatives, homemade baby food doesn’t last nearly as long. One way to increase the longevity of the homemade baby food is to put the puree into ice cube trays and freeze until solid. Once the bites are frozen enough, they can be moved into a gallon sized Ziploc bag and put in a deep freeze for up to 3-6 months.

 

 

Store Bought Baby Food

 

Convenient

There is no doubt that store bought baby food is much more convenient than homemade baby food. No preparing, cooking, or clean-up is involved. Your kitchen will stay clean, and you won’t have to worry about doing any dishes.

 

Portable

The portable containers are easy to take on the go with a spoon so that your baby can have food at the park, museum, or at Grandma’s house. Since store-bought baby food doesn’t need to be refrigerated until it is opened, you can keep a couple of cans in your diaper bag in case of emergency.

 

Meets Strict FDA Guidelines

Store bought baby food has to undergo a series of tests to ensure that it is free of bacteria and safe for a baby to consume. If it doesn’t pass the FDA inspection, it can’t be sold in stores. There is peace of mind knowing that the food is perfectly safe for your baby!

 

Longer Shelf-Life

Baby food sold in jars can last up to 2 years before needing to be thrown away. If it is sold in pouches, the shelf-life is about 1 year. Store bought baby food lasts much longer than homemade baby food.

 

Nutritious

Store bought baby food is nutritious. There is a bit of debate about whether the heating process (used to kill bacteria) can reduce some of the nutrients, but overall, a minimal amount of nutrients are lost during the heating process.

 

From what I have learned, neither homemade baby food nor store-bought baby food is superior. Each of them is incredibly useful and get the job done. Ultimately it doesn’t matter which you choose, fed is always best when it comes to babies!

 

Do you prefer homemade or store-bought baby food?

 

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It’s time for a showdown: homemade baby food vs. store bought. What are the differences, and which is better? Find out below!

Anna Harris is one of our interns finishing her final semester at Brigham Young University-Idaho. She will receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Marriage and Family Studies.
Anna has been married to the man of her dreams for 3 years. When she isn’t chasing around her 17-month-old baby girl, she loves baking extravagant cakes and stuffing her face with ice cream and chocolate.

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