Are you new to motherhood and don’t have a clue as to how to wean your baby? Weaning does not have to be so hard for you. Gradually replace breast milk with some interesting foods to nurture your baby in the right way. The following are 16 first foods to introduce to your baby at different points as they mature to toddlerhood.
#1. My baby’s first solid food: Baby gourmet
The delicious smooth oatmeal should be your baby’s first solid food since it supplements them with some extra irons contained in the cereal. Wondering how to improve its taste? Simply add the cereal to breast milk and feed your baby because they are already used to breast milk. You can also add it to a spiced apple oatmeal baby smoothie to make it even delicious.
- 120 g calories
- 4 mg sodium
Get the recipe here, via baby gourmet
#2. Improve the health of your baby: Rice cereal
Is your baby suffering from gastrointestinal reflux disease? Treat such complications by introducing them to rice cereal at this tender age. This is super healthy and increases the intake of calories for them to grow strong and resistant from diseases. If your baby is 5 month old baby and below, include rice cereal to their diet as you keep on feeding them with breast milk and reap its benefits.
- Rice flour
Get the recipe here, via mom tastic
#3. Rise and shine with Apricot puree power breakfast
Start your baby’s day with a beautiful bowl of apricot puree and you can be sure that they will be more joyful all day long. It will prepare his taste buds for more finger licking meals and increase his appetite so that they do not develop habits of struggling to feed. Rich with all the necessary ingredients, your baby will feel more energized and look healthier taking apricot puree.
- 1.16 g Dietary fiber
- 43.88 calories
Get the recipe here, via mum junction
#4. Easy to prepare: Baby oats with prunes
Enriched with large amount of fiber, this is the solution that you need for your constipating baby. Your child will enjoy oats with prunes for its unique taste. Introducing solid food to your baby can be tricky if you start with foods that can be easily choked. This nutritious meal helps your baby grow while keeping them safe from choking from small grains contained in other foods.
- ¼ cup of oats
- 4 dried plums or prunes
Get the preparation here, via baby center
#5. Sickly child? Get Chickoo puree
Is your baby always catching a flu or always coughing even when they are not exposed to cold? Boost their immune system by preparing this Indian fruit that boosts their immunity as well as prevents them from illnesses. High fiber content in it prevents your baby from constipation. It is ideal for your seven month old baby.
- Vitamin A and C
Get the recipe here, via my little moppe
#6. My gradual experiments: Nut butter
Have you never thought of introducing nut butter to your child with the worry that they may choke from it? You can make your baby have a taste of this nutritious meal by mixing it up with some cereal or a small toast so that they can acquire the rich ingredients without having to choke. Feel free to give your 6 months old baby a taste of nut butter and let them experience something different from what they are used to.
- Fatty acids
- Vitamin E
Get recipe here via parents.
#7. My all-time favorite fruit: Avocado
Confused about what to give your four year old who has not developed teeth yet? Introduce this soft fruit that they can easily gum without hurting themselves. Add a crushed cereal to the avocado so that your child may not find it to slippery to handle. This also ensures that they are getting extra nutrients from the combination. Mash it nicely in a bowl and let your baby enjoy it using his fingers. Alternatively, you can cut your avocado to small slices and put it inside small toasts of bread to make it more delicious.
- 60% potassium
- Vitamin B.
Get the recipe here, via homemade baby food recipe
#8. Your baby’s first vegetable: Pureed peas
Break the monotony of cereals by introducing your first vegetable to your baby, the pureed peas. Peas come in two categories namely pureed peas and yellow peas. Letting your baby first taste pureed peas before yellow peas will save you much agony. This is because yellow peas is sweeter while on the other hand pureed peas is healthier.
- 675 kj Energy
- 7.2g saturated fat
- 5.3 protein
Get the recipe here, via Getty images
#9. Mashable soft finger food: Broccoli and Potato puree
Does your baby take hours before they can swallow one spoon of fruits? This can be irritating for every mother. Maybe it is time you introduced them to broccoli potato puree. This is so soft that it will get through their mouth easily without them making so much effort. It is also consistent and does not cause any allergies even with a weak immune system.
- 26 gms carbohydrates
- 100g broccoli florets
- minerals and vitamin
Get the recipe here, via my organix
#10. Irresistible and unique fermented milk: Yogurt
Once your baby is making progress on consuming solid food, it is time that you reward them. Let you child explore the world of dairy products by introducing them to a yummy yogurt. It helps them feel a different kind of milk than they are used to due to the fermenting aspect added. That is why I have added it in this list. This organic yoghurt contains no sugar or flavors making it healthier for your baby. Ingredients
- Low fat milk
- Low calories
Get the recipe here, via baby center
#11. The good sleeping agent: Pumpkin Apple puree
Give pumpkin apple puree to your young one before they sleep as it helps their digestion preventing constipation. Lacking preservatives, this meal naturally improves the health of your baby and lets them sleep soundly. You will enjoy the smile on their face as they sleep for hours.
- 700gm butternut pumpkin
- Peeled lady Apple
Get the recipe here via joy food sunshine
#12. Delicious pasta recipe: Tomato and Butternut Squash pasta
With a young baby who needs all your attention, you don’t need a meal that takes more than 15 minutes preparing a meal. Tomato and butternut squash pasta is a fast and easy meal to make that your child will love. Let your baby’s taste buds get used to a new taste of pasta. The creamy element to this pasta saves you the efforts of looking for an extra sauce to the meal.
- 100g butternut squash
- 10g butter
- 25 g orzo
Get the recipe here, via Annabel karmel group
#13. The foundation to healthy weaning: Cauliflower cheese puree
Have you tried the cauliflower cheese puree for your kid? If you have not, know that you are denying your child a beautiful opportunity. This easy to prepare meal will take you only 15 minutes to serve. You can cook in large amounts then freeze it to give it to your baby the next day. Enriched with good ingredients, cauliflower cheese puree is free from gluten.
- 0.3g Carbohydrates
- 0.5g sugars
- 0.5g protein
Get the recipe here, via good food
#14. Brain booster: Salmon and potato colcannon
Are you looking to add more fun to your baby foods as you make your baby brighter? Salmon and potato colcannon is what you need for your baby. Simply cut your salmon into small fillets and cover it with olive oil and herbs. Bake it for about 15 -18 minutes. Preparing and serving will take 40 minutes but I can assure you that it is worth the wait. With excellent performance in class, your child will thank you later for introducing salmon to them at a young age.
- 548 mg sodium
- 16 g fat
- 1153 mg potassium
Get the recipe here, via desert for two.
#15. The best finger food meal: Baby carrots pancakes
Baby carrots pancakes will leave your kids yearning for more. The toddler breakfast contains lots of nutritional value to your baby. Thread your carrots then soak them in hot water to make them soft so that they don’t get stuck in your baby’s mouth. After they are nice and soft, blend them into your finished pancakes. You can include some milk if you want thinner pancakes
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- Baking powder
Get the recipe here, via yummy toddler food.
#16. Going solid all the way with fish and soft maize
When you baby is now months old, they now have strong developed teeth to move to the next stage. It is now time to try a variety of foods and textures. Do this by preparing some loose fish for them so that their brains can gain from it. Some mashed legumes would be good to enhance the firmness of their teeth. You can also include more hard fruits such as a slice of a mango fruit to add more nutrients to their diet. Get this recipes here, via raising children.
Have you learnt something new or two about how to wean your baby? You now have lots of options to choose from.
Break the monotony by feeding them with the same first food over again and see the exciting response to liking different foods. Each food discussed in this list is what has made my 1 year old come this far.
I spend less on hospital bills thanks to these nutritious meals. Share this widely and don’t forget to leave a comment.