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.

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