Transitioning from breast milk to baby food makes every mum a little nervous! While packaged baby food is an option, it comes with fewer nutrients and even loses taste with time. Worry not, mommies! Making your own baby food is pretty simple really, and not as time-consuming as you might think. Also, it guarantees that your baby is getting nutritious and yummy home-cooked food.
Here, we give you simple and simply delicious recipes for making the transition easier on you as well as your little munchkin!
1. Banana Purée
Just peel a banana and mash it with a fork. You can add a little milk in the initial days so that it tastes familiar to your baby. Bananas are a great first food and a rich source of potassium and fibre. They are gentle on the stomach but don’t overdo banana, as too much of it can cause constipation.
2. Baked Sweet Potato Purée
Bake a sweet potato in the oven as you normally would and purée this in a food processor. Mix it with a little water or milk for a smoother paste. Rich in antioxidants and fibre, sweet potatoes are a yummy ‘first solid food’ option for your baby!
3. Carrot Purée
Peel a carrot, cut it into small pieces and boil it in water until it’s soft (15-20 minutes is good enough). Purée this in a food processor. Carrots are rich in vitamin A and the antioxidant beta-carotene, and are naturally sweet in taste, making it a tasty and healthy first food (and so easy to make!!).
4. Pumpkin Purée
Purée cooked pumpkin in the food processor and mix it with breast milk or water for improved consistency and a familiar taste. In addition to being an easy-to-make first food, pumpkins are a great source of iron, potassium, and beta-carotene!
5. Green Beans Purée
Place green beans in a vegetable steamer for about 15 minutes, or till very soft, and purée in the food processor with a cooking liquid so the purée is of a good consistency for your baby. Green beans are very fibrous and easily available.
6. Apple Purée
Steam apples in a vegetable steamer until very soft and purée them in the food processor. Try to choose riper apples because they are generally sweeter and take less time to cook. Also, go for varieties of the fruit that are relatively less acidic.
7. Peach Purée
Very ripe peaches are best for this recipe. They don’t need to be steamed in order to create a delicious and sweet baby food. Just mash them with a fork or potato masher and you’ve made the sweet and healthy dish for your little one. For peaches that are a little hard, steam them in a vegetable steamer and then purée them in a food processor.
8. Mango Purée
Steam pieces of mango in a vegetable steamer until tender and purée them in a food processor. Very ripe mangoes don’t need to be steamed and can be mashed using a fork! They’re rich in vitamins and are very healthy if consumed in moderation.
1. After puréeing the vegetables/fruits, pass them through a sieve or strainer so as to get a really good consistency of the purée, especially for very young babies.
2. Add a little bit of water/breastmilk/cooking fluid to the purée to make it less thick.