Babies and the young children have a sensitive digestive system compared to adults. They are at higher risk of dehydration if they get sick and get attacked with diarrhea from something that they’ve eaten. The reason why they’re sensitive is that their digestive system is still developing, which only makes them more vulnerable to toxic chemicals.
So it is important that you pay extra attention to how you prep the food, handle them and storing them. To keep the baby food free from harmful bacteria and many other pathogens in food that can cause illness,
Here are some safety guidelines.
Wash hands with soap and water before you prep the baby food. The same way should be done when you prepare baby formula or the bottles that you use to contain breast milk. This will keep your baby safe and at the same time protecting you from getting sick as well. Use an alcohol-based sanitizer when you take you, baby, to far away places where there is no access to soap and water. You can also carry along alcohol-based baby wipes to clean your hands before feeding.
You should also keep a good eye on expiration dates, too. If there is no expiration date written on the jar or the product, listen closely for any pop of the vacuum seals in jars. Avoid feeding your baby anything that has expired. Throw out the jars that have rusty lids or chipped glass or the ones that are missing a label or leaking.
Transporting filled bottles and food must be placed inside an insulated cooler that has ice packs when you travel.
If you store and freeze DIY baby food, place the mixture in a tray filled with ice cube covered with heavy duty plastic wrap. If you put the frozen food cubes in an airtight container or freezer bag, label it properly with the date.
Use fruit and vegetables stored in the fridge for 3 months. Fish, chicken, and meat should be consumed within 8 weeks. Use hot water, clean dishcloth and detergent in washing and rinsing all the utensils that have come into contact with the baby food. This also includes the can opener as well. Just wiping them off water paper towel is not enough to get it cleaned.
When your baby reaches the stage where they reach out for the food and eat it themselves, make sure that you cut them into tiny bite-sized pieces. Avoid giving your baby grapes, raisins, buts, grape tomatoes, cherry or even hotdogs as they are choking hazards for toddlers and infants. Always supervise your baby when they are eating.
Do not give him or her food when they’re in the car seat and you are driving. This is true especially when he or she is facing the rear/
Avoid putting uneaten portions of the baby food inside the refrigerator. Just get rid of them it has already gathered harmful bacteria coming from the baby’s mouth and it can multiply in jars. If you find your baby is not likely to consume the whole jar, spoon some food out and place them in a bowl and store back the rest of the jar in the fridge