Fruit purees for babies
Here are some fruit puree recipes you can offer your little ones after starting solids. Most of the fruits need to be cooked except banana, watermelon and other melon fruits during the initial months of solids…
1) Cooked Golden Peach
You can use any peach for this recipe..
2) Cooked Apple(I used red delicious apple, you can also use gala apple. make sure it is sweet :)..
3) Cooked Pear ( green pear helps to ease constipation in babies… you can use brown, nashi pear or any other pear for normal meal)
Consult your Pediatrician or General practitioner about when to start solids for your baby. They will offer the best advice depending on your babies daily (feeding/activities/sleep) routine. I started solids for my baby during the last week of the 6th month and the noticeable sign was she started waking up every 3 hours at night due to hunger around 5 and a half months.
How much to serve : (depends on your babies appetite too:)
starting week (1- 2 tsp)
2nd week – (2 tsp – 2.5 tsp)
3rd week – (1 Tablespoon)
4th week – (1.5 Tablespoon)
How many meals a day?
For the first 3-4 weeks, your baby will be needing just one meal a day. (If you feel your baby is ready for 2 meals by 3rd or 4th week of starting solids, you can offer cooked fruit puree as 2nd meal -refer my 7+ months baby food recipes:)
Try new food every 2 – 4 days
Always test the temperature of the food before feeding them. Offer luke warm foods (as babies tend to love lukewarm foods than the room temperature foods).
Offer runny consistency food for first 4-5 days and medium-runny consistency for
the following weeks to a month to help their digestive system slowly
accommodate to solids.
Give at least 20ml water 2-3 times a day and little before and after feeds. Babies
like luke warm water…I noticed my baby likes to drink luke warm water (almost
same as breast milk temperature)
If you don’t give them enough water, it will lead to constipation. It can be quiet
challenging to make them drink water but it is worth the effort
Babies may not open their mouth for first 2-3 days when you feed solids. They
might taste the food with tongue and doesn’t eat/swallow for first few days. But
don’t assume they are not ready for solids at this moment. Feed them everyday.
By day 3 or 4 they will learn to open their mouth and eat/swallow.
(You can have a look at my videos)
Offer solids atleast 25-30 minutes after breast feeding/formula so that they will eat without any fuss and wouldn’t make their tummy full. I always give solids 40 – 45 minutes after breastfeeding as I noticed she eats well and loves eating food:) (If I rush her to eat solids soon after feeding milk she doesn’t eat much and keeps playing:)
Always have ready baby cereals enriched with iron, folate etc handy (as it will be easy to prepare when baby dislike some homemade foods:)
Offer breast milk / formula as usual on first month of solids or one time meal days and reduce by half after a month
My baby liked all home made foods (except cooked sweet tangy apples:)
You can freeze the cooked-mashed baby foods for a month (I never froze foods as I always prepared daily) (If you wish to freeze baby foods, store the foods in a small food container, tightly seal them and place them in a section of freezer where there is no raw/uncooked foods ). To thaw the foods, place the frozen food container on a warm-water bath for 10 – 15 minutes or until lukewarm temperature to touch.
After feeding, discard any leftover food in the feeding dish.
Most importantly, watch for any signs of food allergies like rashes, fever or any unusual changes in babies
I would highly recommend buying a hand/stick blender for making onetime or bulk meals for babies ( and I would say this is a must have for every kitchen as it can be very handy for grinding soups, purees, instant drinks, curry pastes and more:)
You might like these baby food freezer storage trays
This baby food processor has great reviews
You can also use a mini-pressure cooker to cook small amount of baby foods in less amount of time. It just takes 10-15 minutes to cook them to a super soft texture.
(Please read the instructions carefully before using). I have added some of the best pressure cookers in the market below. (These sizes are ideal for making small amount of baby foods. You can also get bigger sizes on the respective product links)
If you are using pressure cooker for the first time, here are some useful tips for you
1) Use according to the manual that comes with these cookers
2) Never fill above the mentioned mark
3) Always cook on low heat. (For some models with weight/whistler : Once the pressure rises, place the weight/whistler, reduce the heat to very low and cook for the desired time)
4) With some models, the weight/whistler can release steam on some point of cooking which can startle or annoy your babies and pets:)
5) Never try to open the lid soon after cooking. Let the pressure settle on its own (this can take from 20 -30 mts) and then open carefully.
Good luck with your pressure cooker:)
Disclaimer: Before starting solids for babies please consult your Pediatrician or General practitioner about when to start and what to feed/not to feed your baby.
Even your slightest doubt matters !