Ten tasty solid foods for your baby

By admin
12 April 2014

Are you and your little one ready to venture into the exciting stage of baby solids? If you want to give mass-produced, processed food a skip, we have some tasty treat ideas for you.

Your baby is six months old and you’re thinking about introducing solid foods, but you don’t want to start with processed, mass-produced, bottled food. We give you 10 ideas for basic foods that are safe for baby and full of nutrients.

  1. Banana: Mash the fruit into a pulp or give your baby a ready-cut piece.
  2. Avocado: Slice it up or mash it with a small amount of lemon juice.
  3. Baby marrow: Steam lightly and blend to a pulp, or hand your baby a piece to suck on – but watch them closely in case they bite off small pieces which could be a choking hazard.
  4. Sweet potato: Delicious when mashed with a pat of butter.
  5. Apple: Yummy when boiled and mashed. This also makes it easier for baby to digest and is without any preservatives or additives.
  6. Pear: Just like apples, pears can be boiled and mashed and are naturally sweet.
  7. Carrots: Steam or boil carrots and mash it with baby marrows for a healthy vegetable treat.
  8. Pumpkin or butternut: Delicious mashed or blended with a bit of butter.
  9. Broccoli: This can be blended with carrots, baby marrows and pumpkin, or given on its own. Steam and allow to cool before you give it to baby.
  10. Potato: Boiled and mashed, serve with butter or a small amount of milk.

Top tips

  1. Although a blender comes in handy when making baby food, a fork works just as well. Just be cautious as large, hard pieces can be a choking hazard.
  2. Wait four days after introducing the first food before you introduce another food. This gives the baby’s digestive system time to get used to it and leaves enough time for you to monitor if there are any allergic reactions to any of the new foods.
  3. Try to leave out flavourings, and if you do want to put something on the food, stick to salt and sugar – but only if really necessary. This will give your baby time to get used to the food itself before developing a sweet tooth.
  4. That first taste of solid food is very important. Webmd.com suggests not giving the first solid food when baby is either full (in which case he or she won’t be interested) or very hungry (he or she might be frustrated at not feeling full enough).

Extra source: wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com

-Dalena Theron

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