You need to be extra careful in the kitchen when cooking for babies and toddlers, as they're more sensitive than adults to things like bacteria that can upset their stomachs.
• Using good-quality raw ingredients free from additives improves the quality of home-made food.
• Take care over hygiene. If you’re cooking with a combination of meat and vegetables or raw and cooked ingredients, use separate chopping boards and never use the same utensils without washing them in hot soapy water first.
• If you’re storing cooked food, cool it down quickly, for example in cold water, to reduce the risk of bacteria.
• Always store food in the refrigerator or freezer. Bacteria thrive at room temperature.
• Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator.
• Warm and reheat stored food thoroughly, stirring occasionally.
• Never save food that your child has already tasted. Serve a little at a time so there’s less to throw away.
If you don’t have the time or energy to cook, baby food in jars is a handy alternative. Just unscrew the lid and warm it up. It’s a simple, convenient alternative to cooking.