Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed as to when and how you should begin introducing solids like fruits and vegetables into your little one’s diet? Here are a few tips!
- You should not introduce solids until your baby can properly sit up on their own to avoid choking. This is usually around 6-9 months, depending on the child.
- Begin by introducing small quantities of pureed vegetables and fruits.
- Add a little breast milk, formula or cooking liquid to pureed fruits and vegetables to achieve the desired consistency to suit your baby. Babies generally prefer very moist foods.
- Gradually increase the thickness and texture of fruit and vegetable purees as your baby learns to chew.
- Some babies may be very fussy about eating new foods but don’t give up try again at another time.
- As you introduce new foods, watch your baby for signs of a reaction or allergy. Avoid offering strawberries until your baby is 12 months old as some babies have a severe reaction to strawberries.
- Make sure to only introduce a new food every 3-5 days so that you can allow time to make sure there is no allergic reaction to that fruit or vegetable.
- Remove seeds and pips from fruits before using to make baby food.
- Peel and/or trim vegetables if necessary.
- It’s best not to add sugar or salt to baby food.
- Remember, baby food is given in addition to the breast or bottle.
- Try introducing vegetables before fruits since fruits are sweeter which can result in the baby resisting all less sweet vegetables.
Here is a delicious Carrot and Mango Puree that is colorful and delicious!
- Peel 3 carrots.
- Cut 1 mango into chunks.
- Halve and core 2 apples (I prefer Granny Smith since they are not as sweet).
- Arrange the fruits and vegetables on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and roast in a 350 degrees F oven until tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
- Puree in a food processor until smooth.
- Let cool, then refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.
Written By: Stefanie Dove
Source: Fresh For Kids