Every mom wants to become a supermom and when it comes to your baby’s first food, no matter how you cook or how it tastes. You always go for experimenting with different nutritious first foods for your babies. And most of the time these little ones don’t doubt your MasterChef’s abilities and enjoy their yummy first food experiences.
Making Homemade Baby First Food Is A Fun Activity
Making homemade baby food for your tot is a fun activity. As, while making these baby foods, you have different options and choices on hand. Also, you can use any fruit or vegetable of your own choice. Mix these fruits and vegetables, whatever flavor you want to make, and let your baby enjoy different flavors of fruit and vegetable purees.
A review also shows the importance of introducing solids to your infants. As it leads to the development of an individual.
To make it more appealing for the babies. You can introduce different colored purees like red-colored strawberry puree and yellow-colored mango puree etc.
Additional Flavors In First Food
When you feel that your baby is getting bored with the same flavor, then you can also introduce some seasoning to make it salty and sweet, etc. This adds an additional flavor that most of the babies prefer as compared to their regular foods.
Why Moms Prefer Homemade Baby Foods?
Commercial baby foods are expensive and also less healthy as compared to homemade baby foods.
Processed Package Baby Foods
Unlike ready-made baby foods, homemade baby first foods are more nutritious and delicious because they are not processed.
Research also shows that the packaged baby and toddler foods contain more levels of sugar and sodium than recommended. So, they are not ‘healthy foods’ by definition.
Although processing baby foods increase the shelf-life of the food but at the same time, it loses most of its vitamins, nutrients, and flavor. That none of us wants.
Stages Of Feeding Baby Foods By Age
Generally, baby foods can be divided according to their age. These are not the standard stages, but generally explained in the following manner.
- Stage 1: Baby Food For 4 To 6 Months Old Baby
- Stage 2: Baby Food For 7 To 9 Months Old Baby
- Stage 3: Baby Food For 9 To 12 Months Old Baby
Stage 1: Baby Food For 4 To 6 Months Old Baby
Runny Fruit And Vegetable Purees
Babies who are 4 to 6 months old, can enjoy thinly purees of fruits and vegetables. At this stage, you can first introduce them with a single ingredient. Four days apart, introduce them with a new ingredient.
Identify Allergic Reactions
The main purpose is to identify their response to different ingredients and also to note their allergic reactions.
Don’t add sugar, salt, or any seasoning at this stage. Because it is good that baby like his/her food without any additional flavors.
Stage 2: Baby Food For 7 To 9 Months Old Baby
At this stage, you can add less water, formula milk, or breastmilk to their purees. Make their purees thick and now you can introduce them multiple ingredients in fruit and vegetable purees.
Each time introduce a new ingredient in the puree, to confirm any food allergy.
For the change in flavor, you can add some seasoning like salt and sugar, etc. Remember not to add extra spices in the baby food.
With weaning, you can also let them practice baby-led weaning. For this, chopped fruits and vegetables should be given to babies. If your pediatrician allows you, then give them proteins like meat as well.
Oats And Milk
Pumpkin And Chicken puree
Stage 3: Baby Food For 9 To 12 Months Old Baby
When your baby is 9 to 12 months old, then you can feed them with chunky purees and mashes. Also, let them eat small-bite sized foods.
Progress Towards Adult Foods
Here, some babies progress towards adult foods and eat light spicy foods as well. They can also be feed while you eat the same food.
Practice Baby-Led Weaning Approach
Studies also show that baby-led weaning can be an alternative complementary feeding approach. This type of feeding doesn’t increase the risk of iron deficiency, choking, or growth impairment.
Mashed Potatoes And Butter Puree
Marconi And Cheese
To sum up, babies should be given healthy homemade first foods, free from preservatives and processing, etc.
It makes them healthy and energetic. Also, it develops habits of eating and introduces them to different ingredients.
At the same time its a super easy and fun activity for all the mothers, who want healthy and nutritious food for their babies.
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