One rising trend in the past decade in Korea is mothers making their own baby food rather than buying it from a store. It begins with the idea of being able to supervise exactly what goes into the food they give their baby girl or boy. By making baby food at home, you can not only make sure that there are no additives or preservatives, but also that the food you’re adding is all natural or organic.
Many times, mothers who make their own food will speak with their pediatrician or a dietician to help them make the right choices in terms of ingredients and a timeline. It might be a good idea to speak with an individual in one of these professions before leaving for Korea or when arriving. It also might help to speak with someone familiar with Korean produce so they can tell you what foods are in season so that you can find the freshest produce for your baby or toddler.
In Korea, after starting with soft blended foods, move on to a mixture of rice or rice cereal with vegetables and fruit. You can slowly introduce a couple different types of vegetables or fruits before moving on to more and more native to Korea and expand your baby’s palate. Eventually, after 6 months, it’s important to make sure to introduce meats as the iron level generally begins to drop. However, it is strongly encouraged to speak with a professional first in case your child has differing levels or any deficiencies.