If you are a young parent, you are aware that introducing solid food to your babies can be pretty occupying. When you think about all those bottles, teaspoons and clothes that wait in a row to be washed after the “feeding adventure,” it probably doesn’t even come to your mind to try homemade baby food.
However, this is a point where you need to ask yourself is baby’s health your priority? Of course that it is alright to buy some baby food occasionally when you are on-the-go with your child. Still, on a regular basis, it would be the best for your baby to eat homemade food, food made with love. Commercial baby food has fewer nutrients and loses a lot of yumminess during processing, so it might prevent your baby from the excitement that exploring new tastes brings.
You don’t have to be a master chef to cook well for your baby. You just need to do it with love.
Here are 8 home made baby food recipes that we created for you to ease your cooking.
4-6 months old
- Carrots puree – This is usually the first baby food you’ll make. Rich in beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin K, potassium, and antioxidants, this vegetable is a perfect for homemade baby food.
- Recipe: Peel two first carrots and put it in a boiled water for 15 minutes. Then, mash it until smooth in a blender, adding a tablespoon of breast milk or formula. Serve warm.
- Apple puree – Have in mind that the fruit is the food that we introduce after cereals and vegetables. It is because children wouldn’t want to eat anything that is not sweet as fruit. The apple is rich in Vitamins C and B, as like many antioxidants that are beneficial to our health.
- Recipe: Bake an apple an let it cool. Smash it using a blender until smooth. Do not add sugar, but you can add a tablespoon of breast milk or formula to make it thinner. Serve slightly cooled.
- Avocado puree – It is well known that an avocado keeps the doctor away. You will be surprised at how many nutrients this fruit contains. It contains a lot of B vitamin, as like K, E, and C, potassium, and copper. But the most important is that it is full of fruit fats which makes it creamy when mashed.
- Recipe: Peel one middle avocado and smash it using a fork. You can reach the desired consistency by adding a tablespoon of breast milk or formula. You can freeze the rest in the ice cube trays.
- Rice cereal – Rice is usually the first food that we introduce to babies. The best would be to use brown rice because it is rich in magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium that make your bones stronger.
- Recipe: Use a 1/2 cup of brown rice and mill it in a blender or a food processor to a fine powder. Boil a four cups of water and add rice. Cook covered for 20 minutes. The best thing about this homemade baby food is that you can mix it with various fruit and vegetables, once introduced.
- First spinach and potato puree – The time has come to mix the ingredients that your child already tried. It becomes an endless game to explore how tastes get along and what is the best combination. Rich in Vitamin C, B6, Potassium, and Folates, the potato is very good food for a start. Besides vitamins – A, C, K, and a folic acid it has a lot of iron and calcium, so it is highly beneficial to your baby’s health.
- Recipe: Homemade baby food is the best you can offer to your child after breastfeeding. Put two middle potatoes in a boiled water and cook it for 20 minutes. Let it cool. Then, a ½ pound of fresh spinach, cook until tender. Mix it in a blender, enriching it by adding a tablespoon of breast milk or a formula. You can freeze it as like avocado puree.
- Banana & pear puree – Bananas are the fruit that is often used as a snack in toddlers. When you give it to a baby it will be enough to smash it with a fork, trying to make it smooth. Coarse food doesn’t suit your children at this age. If you wonder what banana provides to your kid, the answer is – it is a source of fiber, potassium, vitamins B6, and C. On the other hand, pears are full of vitamin C, which is why it is important to use it over the winter, to save your baby from viruses.
- Recipe: Smash both fruits using a fork until smooth and give it to your baby. Don’t add any sugar! It has been already sweet enough. Moreover, sugar and salt are still forbidden for the babies at this period.
- Beef and veggies – At this age, your babies already eat proteins from meat. It also provides a lot of iron that is good for the blood. Different veggies provide vitamins and various minerals. This mixture of homemade baby food is an introduction to a dish that will be on your table all the time when they get older.
- Recipe: Cut the meat into cubes and put it in a pot with a tablespoon of an olive oil and stew it for a while. Then, add onions, potatoes, and carrots. Cook it until tender, for about an hour and a half. When cooled a little, give it to your baby in a desired texture. Remember that your babies are able to eat coarser food, now. So, do not blend them longer than it is advised.
- Quinoa & Apricot – The last, but not the least, quinoa is considered to be a source of all nine essential amino acids. In addition, the lightness of the apricot and its sweet taste will make your child licks the bowl at the end. Apricots are full of antioxidants with protective effects, but they also don’t lack in vitamins.
- Recipe: Put two cups of water to boil. Then, rinse a cup of quinoa with cool water and cook it for 15 minutes. When you remove the pot, let it covered for another couple of minutes. When it is cooled, add a mashed apricot, and enjoy with your baby.
Whatever homemade baby food, appropriate to age, you prepare, you need to do it with a glow in your eyes. At the end, babies do grow from love, pure and unconditional.
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