Baby food should be kept very simple. They are probably the easiest recipes you will ever cook, because they have just one ingredient!
Switching from Breast Milk to Solid Baby Foods
When you start to feed a baby solid foods, start with small amounts, one food at a time. By introducing them one at a time, you can monitor any adverse or allergic reactions. A baby who is just starting to eat solids is still going to be getting her main nourishment from breast milk, or baby-formula, so whatever solid foods you introduce now are extra to that. At this stage, there is no need to try to feed a baby a complete meal from solids. Think of if more as an experiment in food tasting.
What are the best baby food recipes?
The best baby food recipes to begin with, are the classic, tried-and-tested baby foods that generations of mothers have used. Start with the fruits and, over time, proceed gradually through the list below, to the vegetables, grains, pulses.
Finally, when your baby is a little older, you can introduce fish, poultry and lastly, meat. (These can be pureed in a food-processor, depending on how early you want to introduce them.) Generally, babies don’t like these foods when they first start on solids, so you are best leaving them until last. If you wait until your baby can pick up finger foods and has some teeth to chew with, you can shred the fish, poultry, or meat with your hands.
Everything else on the list above can be easily mashed with a fork. The vegetables should be stewed, or roasted beforehand. And remember, never leave a baby alone while she is eating!
Homemade Baby Foods!
- * Mashed banana
- * Mashed avocado
- * Stewed, peeled apples (Use a sweet variety and don’t add sugar)
- * Stewed peeled pears
- * Mashed potato/sweet potato
- * Mashed carrot
- * Mashed pumpkin/butternut squash
- * Mashed peas
- * Mashed boiled egg yolks (Not whites! Use organic eggs)
- * Mashed peeled peaches (blanch quickly in boiling water to peel)
- * Mashed peeled plums (peel as above)
- * Mashed peeled stoneless dates (peel as above)
- * Cooked mashed barley
- * Cooked mashed oats
- * Cooked mashed brown rice
- * Cooked mashed couscous
- * Cooked mashed millet
- * Cooked mashed lentils/chickpeas/other pulses
- * Pureed chicken/turkey (organic)
- * Mashed, very mild home-made curry (with no chunky bits)
- * Mashed de-boned, non-oily fish (wild, see list above for those to avoid)
- * Pureed meat (organic)
First Baby Drinks
Many people think that well-diluted, pure fruit juice is good to give a baby, but they are mistaken. Unfortunately, they don’t realize this until they need to take their child to a dentist, and by that stage it is too late. Even the purest, healthiest of fruit juices, are not good for babies, because the acid in them damages their teeth.
When it comes to baby drinks, the simplest is, in fact, the best—-pure water! For as long as I could, I only gave my daughter well-filtered water, or low-sodium mineral water to drink. When she was old enough to ask me for juices, I gave her pure fruit juice, but only sometimes, as a treat. Get your child into the habit of drinking water as a baby and it will become part of her healthy lifestyle thereafter. You will save on dentist bills! If using bottled water, make sure it has a low-sodium (salt) content.
Important: Foods to Avoid in Baby food Recipes
NEVER USE THE FOLLOWING IN BABY FOOD RECIPES:
- * Honey (it can contain dangerous spores and should never be given to babies under one year of age.)
THE FOLLOWING FOODS CONTAIN COMMON ALLERGENS AND ARE BEST NOT GIVEN TO BABIES:
- * Nuts and nut butters (especially peanuts)
- * Shellfish
- * Strawberries
- * Tomatoes
- * Oranges and other citrus fruits
- * Bread and wheat products
- * Egg whites
- * Dairy produce
- * Soy products
- * Chocolate
DUE TO SEA POLLUTION, OILY FISH CAN CONTAIN HIGH LEVELS OF MERCURY AND SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN TO BABIES:
- * Tuna
- * Swordfish
- * Mackerel
- * Snapper
- * Shark
THESE FOODS CONTAIN A LOT OF NITRATES AND ARE NOT GOOD FOR BABIES:
- * Processed meats
- * Leafy greens
- * Celery
- * Beetroot
THESE FOODS ARE NOT HEALTHY FOR BABIES:
- * Junk food
- * Take-away meals
- * Processed food in general (unless specifically baby-food)
- * Foods with artificial colours, flavours and preservatives