Baby food recipes are great when it comes to feeding your baby. Aside from the fact that it is a healthy option, they are far easier to make than buying jarred baby food. Make it one at a time and store it on the refrigerator to save money.
Your baby can start on solids after 6 months and the foods that are usually introduced first includes fruits (bananas, apples, pears, avocado), vegetables (green beans, potatoes, squash), and cereals. Avoid giving dairy products and protein-rich foods as their metabolism can’t tolerate it yet. The preparation is simple. Incorporate the healthy foods just like how you prepared your pregnancy diet plan.
Here are some tips about homemade baby food recipes:
Bananas for baby food are very easy to prepare ever. This fruit can be prepared as easy as getting enough of what you intend to serve and mash it with fork. Make sure that you mash it very well for babies are still not used to chewing. The principle is, the older your baby is the less you need to mash his/her food.
Other fruits (peaches, mangoes, and the like)
You can prepare these fruits for baby food as easy as counting one, two, and three. Simple remove the pit, remove the skins, cut the fruit in chunks, place them in a food processor and blend. You can add a little water or apple juice to get your desired consistency.
You can also combine the fruits so that your baby will not get used to one flavour. Great fruit combinations include banana and strawberry, mango and banana, peach and banana, blueberry and apple, pear and raspberry, and cantaloupe and banana.
The most common baby food is mashed potato and most babies love it. There are also some other ways to make your mashed vegetable more interesting to your baby. You can try yams and sweet potatoes. These are high in beta carotene, potassium and Vitamin A. Calcium, Vitamin E and folate are also present in them which serve as a great supplement for your baby’s body and brain development.
Try this healthy combo Squash-Apple Rice. You will need 1 baked squash, ½ up of applesauce and 1 to 2 cups of cooked brown rice. All you need to do is mix all ingredients.
When you are introducing solids to your baby, there are times that you forget the liquids which can cause dehydration. This may also possible if your baby does not drink enough milk, fluid loss from diarrhoea, and vomiting which is common during feeding because your baby is not accustomed to solids. The sign and symptoms of dehydration include weakness, less amount of urine, dry lips and mouth, and sleepy.
The change in salt concentration makes dehydration worse and may predispose your baby to seizure or brain damage. This problem can be treated with fluids and electrolytes replacement, such as sodium and chloride given orally. For severe cases, intravenous fluids are necessary. So please don’t forget the liquids while making yourself busy in preparing baby food recipes.