So… your baby is subtly hinting that it’s probably ready to have its first tryst with solid foods (by waking up constantly at night, demanding more milk, and acting cranky all at once). Hurray, that indeed is a great sign! You’re all excited to make the transition from breast milk/formula to actual, home-made foods but also understand that it is very often a tricky one and depends upon a gamut of factors. Is it okay to generalize while introducing solid foods?
According to Karen Sokal-Gutierrez M.D., M.P.H. Pediatrician, most babies within the age range of 4-6 months can eat a wide variety of foods, albeit slowly. She opines that a few babies tend to digest various foods with great else while others may take a little while longer. Your role is to observe astutely as to how your child reacts to these new foods instead of organic baby formula and then plan accordingly, without being callous or overcautious
When do I introduce foods and veggies?
You can explore the possibility of introducing fruits and vegetables to your baby as soon as they show a fair degree of acceptability to solid foods. In fact, these, along with baby cereals, should be the first things your baby should eat for most part of their early lives. Few foods can topple home-made, nutritious baby foods that include wholesome seasonal fruits.
Making homemade baby food recipes
Raring to go but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry; it’s easier than you think. First time mommies are generally recommended to but organic produces for their little darlings and for the right reasons too, because they’re free of pesticides and harmful chemicals.
The best fruits to introduce include:
Tips to remember
Before you get started on baby food stage 1, read on these tips. You don’t want to be meddling with your baby’s health in anyway.
- Start off by introducing small quantities of pureed fruits/vegetables to avoid choking. If possible, introduce the orange varieties first like squash and potatoes.
- Don’t add salt or sugar to any food; especially salt because it can damage your tender baby’s vital organs like kidneys.
- Don’t stop breast or formula feeding at any stage.
- As an addendum to above, you could also mix some of your breast milk to the fruits/vegetables so that the baby doesn’t’ resist the taste.
- Don’t force anything to your baby; by the same token, don’t give up too soon.
How to prepare fruits for baby food?
Fruit purees for baby are becoming increasingly popular all over the world. All you need is an all-in-one food maker which steams the fruits and then purees them. You can even find models that preheat food and defrost frozen vegetables. Furthermore, one can make homemade organic pear baby food by steaming it and then making a puree.
Popular fruit puree choices:
Papaya- Same, but eliminate the seeds and skin
Apple and Pear- Same
Popular vegetable purees
Vegetables are trickier because you never know how your baby would react to the taste. This is why try to introduce one vegetable at a time only. To begin with, it is a good idea to boil or steam vegetables in the microwave (which is also one of the best ways to steam vegetable for baby food until they become really soft. Then, a food processor could be utilized to make the puree soft after which, breast milk or formula juice can be mixed.
Popular combinations include the following: Poached pumpkin and carrot; spinach and parsnip; potato and cauliflower; and zucchini and carrot.
These are some of the best recipes you may or may not find in any vegan baby food cookbook.
If you want to bring in an ‘X’ factor, be creative. For example, mix the puree with sweet potatoes, walnuts, avocadoes or yogurt. It’ll also taste delicious with bananas, oatmeal or rice cereal. Poaching a peel pear in apple juice and then mashing it will lend a taste of a very fine, dense liquid.Serving juice in glass baby bottles can be good choice.
All this is fine, but never forget the doctor’s opinion!
Now that you know a bit about what fruits and veggies to feed, please don’t take that as an excuse not to visit your child’s pediatrician; they may offer you some invaluable tips that could be very beneficial. Also, remember that every food must be tried out for 4 days in order to identify specific that may cause allergic reactions to your angel.