Hello Mommies, After the 8th month your baby will have gotten used to eating solids, not so varied in taste or texture but he can now enjoy eating solids.

And at the age of 12 months some babies will be eating adult food, with exceptions, but it is fine as long as they have no signs of allergy and their pediatrician approves the type of food they are having.

Remember that:

  • milk (breast or formula) should never be exempted from your child's meals, babies should have their daily milk intake in addition to their solid food. do not replace breast or formula milk with regular cow's milk until your baby is older than 12 months because it does not have the nutrition that infants need for growth & development.
  • not all babies like the same food items and not all babies will eat the same amount, each child differs, so follow your child's needs and your Dr.'s instructions at all times that will be based on your infant’s development and eating habits.
  • 3 meals a day are ideal, but again not all babies will have or need 3 daily meals
  • please refer to the below listed foods that may cause allergies and it's recommended that you wait till the mark of 12 months or until your pediatrician approves to introduce to your baby

Below are some food options that can be given to 1 year olds:

Morning- Breakfast:

  • Milk (breast or formula)
  • Infant Cereal or pancakes or mashed boiled egg (eggs only after 12 months...consult with your pediatrician)
  • Fruit or Vegetable
  • Dairy (Optional) – Yogurt – (Check with your child's pediatrician before giving dairy)

Noon - Lunch Time:

  • Milk (breast or formula
  • Cereal/ Rice/ Pasta
  • Meat / Poultry – (Optional) (after 12 months)
  • Fruit or Vegetable ( fruits can be mixed with the cereal and/or vegetables can be mixed with pasta or rice)
  • Dairy - Yogurt or Cheese

Out of this we can derive 2 options as below:

  • Option 1: Milk; Cereal/Rice/Pasta; Fruits/Vegetables; Dairy
  • Option 2: Milk; Protein; Fruits/Vegetables; Dairy

Night - Dinner Time:

  • Milk
  • Grain (Optional) (i.e. pasta, rice)
  • Fruit and/or Vegetable
  • Dairy – Yogurt or Cheese

Some babies might need a snack between Breakfast & Lunch or between Lunch & Dinner

Below are some snack options:

  • Teething biscuits, might also be dipped in juice
  • plain or fruit yogurt
  • Toast with avocado paste or any fruit puree

Foods that may cause allergies:

  • Honey: may contain Clostridium botulinum spores which can lead to botulism poisoning
  • Citrus: as it is very acidic and many infants 12 months old may suffer rashes and tummy problems due to the acidity
  • Strawberries and Shellfish, and Peanuts can cause severe & sometimes life threatening allergic reactions, consult with your pediatrician before feeding any of the later to your child even if they're older than 12 months
  • Eggs: there are conflicting advice on eggs and the fact that it might cause allergies to babies under the age of 12 months, so it's better to check with your pediatrician as he is better aware of your baby's medical record and how his body might react. In general, the yolk of an egg does not contain the proteins that cause an allergy to eggs. It is very rare for anyone to be allergic to the yolk of an egg. The egg whites on the other hand, contain 4 proteins that can range from mildly to highly allergenic.

Below you will find a sample menu that you can benefit from or mix and match based on your child's needs and favorites:

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*** Remember, always consult with your pediatrician regarding any type of food that you want to introduce to your baby.

I hope you like the articles and they're helping you in a way or another, glad to hear your feedback and suggestion.

R

 

 

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First baby food recipes - Stage 1
16 May, 2016
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The better days are coming and a new stage is about to start, for you & your baby.

Most of us think first of the mess this stage will bring along :) that's right! but remember, there's a big possibility that babies will start sleeping better and longer hours especially at night, when they start eating solids. so this will give you extra time to clear up the mess !

When starting solids for your babies keep in mind the below:

* new foodies need between 1 to 2 tablespoons of food maximum per feeding, so keep it simple and small.

* stay away from the below common allergens:

* Eggs, Wheat, Fish, Nuts, soy

* Some foods might cause gas and make your little one a bit uncomfortable, example:

* dried fruits, beans, cauliflower, broccoli, dairy products, wheat & sometimes apples & pears

* go organic whenever possible

* try to keep some texture, having babies on smooth thin and soft foods for long will cause them to reject textured foods in later stages.

* again and again the 4-day food trial (discussed in "Bring on the good stuff" article" in Mom, I'm Hungry category)

Below are some options for stage-1 feeding with their nutritional facts and suggested simple recipes.

most first feedings should be in "puree mode", some need water or milk to thin others don't.

 

* Peas

Peas are rich in Vitamins A & C, Iron, Protein & Calcium, so don't be deceived by their small size!

Suggested recipe: Boil/ Steam 2 cups of peas (organic & frozen! my choice:) ), add 2 tablespoons or just a bit more of water and puree them until you get a creamy and soft mixture. If necessary, you can strain them to get rid of any thick skins. Peas puree can be served immediately or placed in the freezer for future use.

 

* Bananas

Being rich in potassium and fiber, bananas also act as antacids and are one of the most favored first foods.

Suggested recipe: using a fork, mash a small ripe peeled banana with a little of milk, or even orange juice and feed your baby a delicious and nutrious meal.

Tip on feeding bananas:

- make sure not to give bananas daily and not more than twice a day to avoid constipation. blending the banana with milk also helps.

- try not to store banana puree.

 

* Avocado

Who doesn't love Avocadoes?!!

Those delicious greeny buttery fruits also make wonderful first foods as they are packed with "good fats" that are essential for your babies brain and nervous system development.

Suggested recipe: mashed ripe avocadoes can be mixed with just a little bit of water and...... ready!!

tip on storing avocadoes: to keep Avocadoes green and avoid blackening, just return the pit even after pureeing.

 

* Sweet Potatoes (Yams)

healthy, loaded with vitamins, fiber and antioxidants, Yams are one of the best recommended 1st foods. i hated them so did my daughter ! what a shame :)

Suggested recipe: Wash, peel and cut the sweet potatoes into small pieces, boil them or even better just steam and then mash with some water and there you go! you're little one will enjoy a healthy hearty meal if he's not a picky eater like mine...

 

* Carrots

Sweet, colorful, rich in Vitamin A, antioxidants and Beta Carotene, Carrots do a super duper introduction to solids.

Suggested recipe: Wash, trim, peel and cut the carrots. put them in a saucepan with some water and bring to boil or go my healthy way and just steam. let cool, them puree in a food processor with water. carrot puree can be put to freeze and used in later feedings.

 

* Pears

Rich with Vitamins A & C, Folate, Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium and Phosphorous.

Suggested recipe: Wash, peel and cut the pears into chucks, steam gently then blend or just mash with a fork into a smooth paste. you don't need to any any liquid as most of the time pears tend to be watery, if not, you can add some orange juice for a yummier mixture. if pear puree is too liquidy, you can add formula powder or baby cereal to thicken it a bit.

 

* Squash

Squash is rich in Calcium, Iron, Vitamin A, Potassium & Folate.

Suggested recipe: Cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds and inner linings, cut in chunks and boil. once inner is soft, mash or puree and you might need to add some water. There are a lot more options and recipes to have your first baby food healthy, yummy and special.

 

If you have recipes that you'd like to share with us, we'd be more than happy to receive.

Next article will be mixing and creating yummier mixtures.

Always remember to enjoy each and every new stage with your baby.

R

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