Have you ever eaten questionable leftovers? Hello, pizza that was left on the counter overnight. What about eating expired food that "smells/tastes fine"? Typical dairy product move. We might not be too strict with food safety for ourselves, but children under 5 are at a greater risk of foodborne illness.
Here are some tips for reducing risk when making and storing your own baby food:
▪️Store homemade baby food for 1-2 days in fridge (1 day for meats), 1-2 months in freezer.
▪️Put small amounts of food into baby's bowl at a time and throw away what they don't eat. Bacteria from baby's mouth can be left on the food and make it unsafe to eat later.
▪️Only reheat leftovers once and do not refreeze food that has been thawed. Try freezing food in ice cube trays and storing in freezer bags. This will make it easier to thaw and prep small amounts for baby.
▪️Keep cold foods cold ❄️ and hot foods hot🔥. Bacteria grows best between 4-60 degrees C🌡️(for reference, below 4 is fridge temp and 100 is boiling). Keep this in mind when packing food for on-the-go!
For more on food safety for children under 5, visit canada.ca (🔎 "food safety five and under"). For more on making your own baby food and keeping it safe, visit unlockfood.ca (🔎 "homemade baby food").
**Disclaimer: Every baby is different and what works for one may not be appropriate for another. Speak with your healthcare provider for individualized care**