From the age of three or four months, your baby is ready to go on to solid food. This sounds easier than it actually is. Babies have to get used to lumpier food rather than just milk including new tastes and textures. It’s a milestone in your little one’s life and one that will lead to good health as your baby gets older.
A single grain infant cereal like rice, a single fruit or vegetable puree can be prepared using breast milk or formula milk. This makes it easy for baby to digest. However don’t try lots of different meals at first, stick to the same food for a few days to make sure there aren’t any signs of allergies or intolerance. Here are some delicious baby food recipes, perfect for babies four to six months old.
Ingredients for Sweet Potato Apple Mash
Steamed or baked apples
Finger food salad
What to do:
Steam or bake the apples and sweet potatoes together until they are tender.
Puree and add water to make the mixture thin and easy for baby to swallow
Chop or dice finger food salad.
[A good tip to bake sweet potatoes to perfection is run them under water and then put holes in them with a fork. Run under the water again, wrap and put them in the oven for about 45 minutes at 200 degrees C, or gas mark 6. Place the tray on a low rack].
Once your baby has tasted this delicious first meal, he or she will want something a little different. Why not tempt your little one with:-
Pumpkin and Spinach Risotto
2 cups of chicken stock
Quarter of a butternut pumpkin
1 cup of Arborio rice
1 teaspoon of olive oil
A handful of finely chopped spinach leaves
What to do
- Peel, deseed the pumpkin and cut into very small chunks. Put in a saucepan of boiling water and cook for about 10 minutes or until tender. Strain and put to one side.
- In another smaller saucepan, heat the oil and add the Arborio rice. Stir until the rice is completely covered with the oil. Cook for a minute or until the rice looks glassy.
- Add around half a cup of stock at a time, stirring until the stock is soaked up by the rice, then add the rest of the stock.
- Put the mixture into a blender and blend until it’s smooth enough for your baby to eat.
This tasty recipe is great for all the family plus baby. It can also be frozen for up to six weeks. When re-heating, remember to add a little water to prevent this easy-to-make meal from drying out.
Keep meals nutritious
It’s highly recommended to feed your baby only nutritious meals to give him or her a good start in life. Don’t forget tasty treats either such as banana teething biscuits, baby rice pudding or flavoured yoghurt.