If you’re ready to wean your baby off milk onto solids, there are many mashups that you can use that are both health and tasty. First, you need to make sure that every meal that you prepare is balanced all food categories must be represented. Second, don’t introduce more than one kind of food at once. This helps in case your baby reacts to something or doesn’t like a kind of food you will know right away what it is.
Lets start with fruit. There is plenty of food that you can mash up just make sure that it doesn’t have too much fiber as this can bind baby up. Avocado, banana, papaya, pumpkin, mango all these are fine and they add variety. Mash them and if they have fiber, you can pass the mashup through a big sieve. If the resulting mashup is not soft enough to swallow easily, you can add some milk. If you can, always prepare fruit just before its eaten. Unlike regular baby food, fruit blackens if not eaten right away, and its taste can change as well.
For meals, you can get a lot of different mashups prepared in advanced and frozen. You should make sure that each meal contains some protein, a carb and a veggie. Try out each individually before you offer combos. A typical combo can be a piece of mashed liver (protein), a boiled potato (carb) and some spinach. You can also try steamed fish, rice and squash. Another great suggestion is sweet potatoes with some soup and peas. One way to make all these elements come together and become tastier is to boil them together. The juices swap around all of them and the result is a meal that baby will eat without too much of a fuss.
Snacks will differ according to the age of your baby, but what you want to do is prepare them and freeze them in advance. Fruit also comes in handy for when baby is hungry between meals.
As you prepare food for your baby, remember that organic is best. If you can find a shop near you that supplies organic fruit and veggies, buy as much as you can, cook it and mash it up and freeze it.
There are baby mashups that are available in the supermarket there is nothing wrong with them, but they have chemicals in them so that they can have a shelf-life.
Babies are also fussy eaters, so if you invest time and love into a mashup and its rejected. Don’t be discouraged.
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This guest post was brought to you by Louise. It never hurts to get a few tips when it comes to raising a child. Louise has written many articles with useful tips on raising a newborn. She is also a content writer for babyprams.com.au.