The Baby’s Chef – Introducing New Foods To Babies
Introducing new foods to babies
This is the approximate time when you will be able to start with the introduction of certain types of food for babies from 5 months onwards.
Apple, pear, banana, papaya (5-6 months),
Carrots, cauliflower, potatoes, zucchini, squash, green beans, beets (5-6 months),
Dried fruit, peaches, kiwi, apricots, plums, melons, avocados (6 months),
Peas, tomatoes, spinach, celery, leeks, peppers (6 months),
Foods containing gluten (8 months),
Dairy products (6 months),
Citrus fruits, berries, mango (9-12 months),
Lenses (8-9 months).
Until recently, there was a lot of pressure on the parents to start feeding their babies before the fourth month – from commercial, medical and social reasons. Many quite ordinary foods can cause allergic reactions, and the baby’s digestive system can not absorb any more complex than milk until the fifth month. Babies are different and some larger babies are not satisfied with the food they receive. The baby will already let you know when it is ready to switch to solid foods; if it, for example, is no longer enough 250ml milk; if her time between meals is becoming shorter or if becoming restless at night. Another sure sign is that when the baby is trying to chew everything she or he picked up.
When you begin to give your baby mashed vegetables, by any means do not give salted food! Remember, no salt!
Do not expect from your baby to eat at the beginning more than 1-2 teaspoons of your baby rice or mashed fruits and vegetables. When your baby reaches six months, then it would reach the amount of 1-2 tablespoons of solid foods at every meal.
In the beginning, it is best to make a rare rice or mashed fruit or vegetables, and if you can dilute it with breast milk, unsweetened juice, boiled water or artificial milk.
Mashed fruits – Fruits from 5-6 months
Choose a type of sweet apples. Two medium-sized apple peel, cut, cleaned of core and chop. Put them in a pan with enough water and cook over low heat until tender (about 10 minutes). Or you can cook by steaming for 10 minutes. Make a puree.
Apple and cinnamon: simmer two apples with a cinnamon stick in apple juice. Remove the cinnamon before pureeing. Enough for 5 servings.
Peel, cut and clean the two pears, and chop them into small pieces. Drizzle with a little water, cook over low heat until tender (about 5 minutes). Or steam for 5 minutes. Make a puree.
Once the baby reaches six months, there is no need to cook pears before pureeing – provided they are fully mature. Enough for 5 servings.
Mashed banana is the perfect food for babies. It is easy to digest and very rarely cause allergic reactions. Choose a ripe banana and mash it well with a fork, so you get a smooth paste. Add a little-boiled water or milk for babies and stir. Bananas never freeze. Enough for one serving.
Papaya is a great choice for younger babies. It has a pleasant sweet taste, mild in intensity and can be blended for a few seconds until perfectly smooth mass. Fruit medium-sized cut in half, clean the central content of the seeds and make a paste, adding a little artificial or breast milk, if desired. Enough for 4 servings.
By combining fruit puree with milk for the baby and the baby-rice you can make a meal more interesting. In the next few months, when your baby begins to eat and other exotic fruits such as mango and kiwi, this principle of dilution fruit purée with milk will make it less acidic.
Peel, clean, put on steam or cook fruit, then make a puree out of it as described above and in the amount of each of the four portions, add one tablespoon of baby-rice and two tablespoons of milk for babies. Enough for 3 servings.
Puree of three types of fruit
This is a very tasty combination of three kinds of fruit, which a baby can eat at the beginning of the diet.
Mix one teaspoon of mashed apples and pears with half a mashed banana. Later (over the age of six months), you can use raw, ripe pears, peeled, cleaned and chopped into pieces. Make a puree of this, and along with half a banana mix in a blender to get a smooth paste. Add a spoonful of cooked and mashed apples. Enough for 4 servings.
Vegetables for babies from 5-6 months
Small and thin carrots are the sweetest, so choose these if you can. Peel, clean and chop two medium carrots. put them in a saucepan when the water boils, cover and simmer about 25 minutes until completely soft. Strain, but do not throw the liquid. Make a puree of carrots so that the mass is smooth, and then add the liquid from cooking if necessary.
For younger babies take longer to cook. From the moment your baby starts to chew, the cooking time should be shorter to save a greater amount of vitamin C and vegetables remain firmer. Enough for 4 servings.
A Swiss Chard Puree
Carefully wash Swiss chard leaves, then cut into wide strips. Potatoes of medium size peel, wash and cut into cubes by steaming or boiling in a little water. When potatoes are tender, add the chard and continue cooking for another 10 minutes. All mix in a blender or mash with a fork. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon of butter. If you wanna thicker meal, add a teaspoon of rice cereal. Enough for 6 servings.
Potatoes, zucchini, broccoli
A combination of potatoes with green vegetables gives colorful and interesting meal for your baby. Peel and chop medium potatoes. Cook it for about 15 minutes until tender. Reduce the heat, and then above the potatoes cook on steam cleaned and chopped zucchini and 25 grams of broccoli. Cook for another ten minutes, and then strain the vegetables and make a puree, adding enough milk to a mass become smooth. Enough for 6 servings.