Your baby is growing oh so fast and you are realizing that your little bundle of joy is reading for “weaning” or eating solid foods.
This is an exciting time to be creative in exploring foods for your baby to try out.
Introducing solid food to your baby
Start with plain fruits such as pureed apple and banana by themselves just a few teaspoons, then progress onto savoury foods like baby rice, mashed potatoes and pureed carrots. Give your baby a few teaspoons for the first week or so. You will soon find out how much to increase the amount by as your baby starts to demand more, they’ll quickly move on from a few teaspoons to half a bowl in coming weeks!
At four months I started my son’s on solids by introducing a few teaspoons of organic pureed apple. They loved it and have had no allergic reactions, its best to check with your paediatrician or GP if there is a family history of allergies.
Benefits of making your own baby food
There are untold benefits to making your own baby food such as knowing exactly what’s in it and being able to exercise your creativity whilst having fun. I love witnessing the joyous expressions on the face of my son with each mouthful of homemade baby food.
Introducing solids to your baby is a milestone in their development to be celebrated and embraced. It doesn’t have to take long and you can with a little organisation cook and freeze food in small batches such as ice cube trays.
Oats are an excellent source of soluble fibre, protein and B vitamins, thiamin, B6 and riboflavin. They also provide calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium and phosphorus which is essential for strong bones and teeth.
Getting your children to eat and enjoy oats from an early age is vital as they play a very important role in good health well into adulthood;
Eating oats as a regular part of your diet benefits us by;
- Boosting the immune system
- Lowering the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- Lowering cholesterol and aiding in the prevention of heart disease
- Reducing hypertension, or high blood pressure
- Lowering risk of obesity
Benefits of Eating Banana’s
- High in potassium and low in sodium so good for the heart and muscles
- Has an good number of vitamins, vitamin B6, vitamin C and vitamin B2
- Very affordable
- Easy and convenient to carry in baby bag for when baby gets hungry
To start you off try my quick and nutritional baby breakfast below. Watch the video or follow the recipe below.
Quick Nutritional Baby Breakfast “Banana Oatmeal Porridge”
You will need;
X2 handfuls of porridge oats
Mineral or spring water
You will need;
A coffee grinder
A small saucepan
Baby feeding spoon
Grind the oats in a coffee grinder
Measure out 8 – 10 tablespoons of water into saucepan
Add the ground porridge oats and whisk vigorously to prevent lumps forming
Put saucepan on medium heat on the cooker
Stir constantly approx 5 – 7 mins to stop lumps forming (add more water if it gets too thick)
Take up to half of a peeled banana
Mash it with fork in a bowl until a smooth liquid (you can get your older children to help with this!)
Pour over cooked porridge oats
Cool, stir and serve immediately to your baby.
You can vary this with other pureed fruits and vegetables such as apple, or carrots, buy organic if you can to avoid high levels of pesticides.
You can also add can add chopped fruits to accompany this recipe for older children.
How soon did you introduce solid foods to your baby?
What foods did you start the solid food journey with?
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