We all know that babies have a very basic digestive system as compared to adults; and therefore, they need special food made with special ingredients. We said special because along with taste, we have to bring health into focus as well.
To help you make scrumptious, healthy baby food with good-for-growth ingredients, we have listed 10 tips below. Read them to help your child get the nutrients they need, without buying sugar-loaded off-the-shelf baby food brands.
If you want your child to develop a love for veggies, which can come in handy later, add seasonal ingredients to your baby’s bowl. Substances such as calcium and micronutrients in green vegetables are known to develop bones and muscles of babies, especially the palate area.
Don’t go for abnormal recipes: The ones which you wouldn’t want to eat yourself, no matter how many healthy ingredients they have. Don’t forget that your baby is a human being and he/she has a taste even if it is underdeveloped.
Consistency is paramount in making your baby’s food easily digestible. Large floating chunks of anything would only put a burden on his little tummy, which will later put you in trouble you tend to avoid.
How can you keep a constant consistency?
Use a food processor. Add liquid to the food and puree it for the good. However, if you want your baby’s stomach to take a bit of pressure and adapt to digesting small chunks, you can pulse the food in the processor.
Let your baby take small steps towards whole foods. Start with thin and smooth purees and gradually introduce texture to it until your baby accepts chunkier foods or whole foods. Remember: texture is everything in making him/her eat.
Freeze some dipping sticks or grissini and feed them to your baby when he/she refuses to eat anything else. They like surprises and it'll surprise them with a cold sensation on their gums.
Don’t settle for less. Always be ingenious in adding your own tastes to the recipes. If you think you’d mess up everything, just follow the basic steps of any recipe and add things between them (adding pureed fruit to a meat-based paste is a good way to switch things up, for example).
Always believe in improvising on the spot. If your baby refuses to eat apple pudding, immediately, blend in something which he likes. It could be a mango or raspberries.
Make healthy food healthier by adding ingredients that are known to have a specific goodness. For example, you can add yogurt for probiotics or omega-3 fats for efficient nervous system development.
From the first stage of weaning to the last, babies undergo numerous changes that transform not only their diet but also their digestive system. You, as a mother, can help your child transition between those stages well enough. Start by following the tips we stated above.
For a head start, here’s a homemade baby food recipe that's quick and easy quick recipe.
Bananas are loaded with potassium good for maintaining blood pressure, and fiber known to help our bowel movements.
You can feed the following recipe to your baby in any stage of weaning. However, for later stages, steer gradually from using breast milk to regular milk and add more fruits for texture.
1. Mash a freshly peeled banana with a fork.
2. Add breastmilk to the mash for babies in the early stage of weaning. For later stages, follow what we said above.
3. Add some taste to the puree. A drop of vanilla extract or chocolate syrup could do the work just fine.