Introducing solids to your baby is an incredibly exciting time for both you and your baby. I believe this is a very important time in your child’s life and a great opportunity to expose them to nutritious foods and start developing their palete.
Here are some of the basics about introducing solids to your baby and what I found worked great for us.
- Always check with your pediatrician before starting solids and get the “all clear” first.
- Start with a whole grain infant cereal thinned with breastmilk or formula. Personally, I think there is no need to even touch white rice cereal. Stick with the whole grain, multi-grain and oat cereal. Infant cereal is fortified with iron, which is very important for our babies.
- Next move onto pureed vegetables. Studies show that babies that are introduced to veggies first and fruit second are less likely to reject vegetables later in the toddler years. I have a major sweet tooth so it is important to me that my daughter develops a taste for vegetables. It is important to wait 2-4 days after introducing a new food before starting another. In case your child has a reaction to a new food, you can easily determine the guilty party. Making the food is simple: just roast or steam the food and puree in a food processor or a blender. Sometimes you can even mash the food with a fork.
- Next move onto the pureed fruits.
- After single fruit and veggie purees, we moved onto combinations of fruits and vegetables.
- Next up are the proteins. Meat and beans. This is a great opportunity to combine your little one’s favorite fruits and veggies with meat and/or beans.
- Don’t forget to bring in some spice and herbs too!
Here are some of our favorite recipes:
- Parsnip Puree
- Spiced Apple Pumpkin Puree
- Butternut Squash Puree
- Sweet Surprise Puree
- Fennel and Carrot Puree
- Spinach Pea Pesto
- Leeking Sweet Potato
- Broccoli and Cauliflower Power
- Veggie Cheddar Casserole
- Acorn Squash Risotto
- Leek Potato Soup
- Mango Banana Smoothie
- Cranberry Puree
- Teething Biscuits
- Tofu Applesauce
- Banana Pancakes
- Blueberry Cottage Cheese
- Apple Raisin Oatmeal