Mommy Guide: How to Prepare Baby Food Safely
Hygiene Tips in Preparing Baby Food
If you prepare baby food on unclean surfaces, or with dirty hands, you may contaminate foods with bacteria. So, make sure to follow these guidelines carefully:
Wash your hands and any equipment used to prepare the food.
Use separate cutting boards for meat, poultry and fish and for non-meat foods to avoid cross-contamination.
Wash highchairs, bibs and eating areas in hot, soapy water.
If your baby is eating finger foods or eating with his hands, wash his hands before he eats his meals.
Change kitchen cloths and tea towels frequently.
Wash fresh fruits and vegetables thoroughly under clean, running water.
Cook meat, poultry, and fish thoroughly to kill any bacteria that might be present.
Serving/Reheating Baby Food
Serve your baby's food in a clean baby plate and sterilized utensils.
Never allow cooked food to stand at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
If you're using a microwave to heat up food, stir it well to avoid hotpots.
Don't reheat your baby's food more than once.
Never defrost baby foods by leaving them at room temperature or in standing water.
Storing Baby Food
Do not store prepared baby food in the refrigerator for more than 24 hours for meat, poultry, fish, and eggs or more than 48 hours for fruits and vegetables.
If you're making batches of your baby's food in advance, cool them quickly and store them in the fridge.
You can limit the growth of bacteria by cooling foods very rapidly – to do this, store food that you have prepared for your baby in shallow containers.
If your baby leaves any food in his bowl after a meal, throw it away.
Check the best-before and use-by dates on food that you give to your baby. If you have uneaten food left in a pouch or jar, you can keep it in the fridge for 24 hours after it's been opened.