Feeding a little child can be one of the most nerve-wracking experiences of a parent’s life, especially if it is their first child. No matter how prepared you think you are or how informed, the reality is ten times scarier and more different.
Parents have it hard, it is a truth universally acknowledged. Therefore, to make things a little easier for you, we have a list of some of the foods that you can feed your child, and to make it simpler still, it is divided according to age groups.
Yes, while it is true that some little ones start eating solid food from as early as three months old, it is not recommended that you put a child so young on such solid diets.
This is because their digestive systems are still underdeveloped and solid foods can cause food allergies and digestion problems. Most doctors say that you should feed your baby nothing but breast milk up until the age of six months.
For a 6 months old baby:
Generally, this is considered the first real stage of a solid food routine in the baby’s life and consists of soft baby cereals or mashed food, and you can keep feeding them to your little one up until the age of eight months.
Mashed sweet potatoes:
- Peel and cut some freshly brought organic sweet potatoes.
- Fill a put halfway with water, add the potatoes and bring to a boil.
- Once done, blend the potatoes in a food processor until smooth.
- Strain the mixture through a sieve and you’re done.
- Take fresh ground rice and put it to boil in a saucepan with water.
- Stir constantly so that it doesn’t clump.
- Take it off the heat and add breast milk formula.
- Serve when cold.
For your 8 to 10 months old baby:
At this point, it is considered safe to introduce your little one to spices, vegetables and raw fruits. At this point the bay starts getting fussy, so you need to start introducing new foods into their routines. However, do not cut the baby’s supply of breast milk.
- Peel and core fresh apples and sprinkle some cinnamon on it(if your baby is used to it).
- Put it in a baking tray and fill it with water until completely submerged.
- Bake for a few minutes or until the apples turn soft to the touch.
- Once done, cut the apples and let them cool.
- Put fresh water, millets and a little bit of sugar in a pot.
- Let it simmer for some time and keep stirring.
- Once done, take it off the heat.
- When it is cool, add some sliced bananas or soft apples and feed it to your baby.
For your 10 to 12 months old baby:
At this point, it is safe to say that you can give those mashed or pureed foods a rest because your baby is probably pretty tired of them. You can give them a balanced diet of fruits, meats and vegetables, and at this point, let them decide how much of food they actually want to eat.
Chicken and Apple:
- Peel and core a few apples and boil them for a few minutes until they are soft.
- Cook some boneless chicken.
- Add the apples and chicken to a food processor.
- Add a pinch of salt and cinnamon according to taste.
- Blend it until it reaches the consistency you want. You’re done.
Sweet Potato and Eggs
- Desk-in a few sweet potatoes and cook them in a pan with water.
- When done, mash them with a fork or in a blender.
- Add the mashed potatoes with a whole egg and add some salt. Whisk thoroughly.
- Add the mixture to a preheated pan and cook over low heat.
- Remove from heat only when the eggs are thoroughly cooked.
For your 12 to 18 months old baby:
At this stage, your kid is capable of feeding themselves, and wants to try out new things since their taste buds are developing. This is the time when you should encourage them to eat healthy, homemade and nutritious food.
Whole Wheat pancakes:
- Add ¾ cups of whole wheat flour, 3 tablespoons of sugar, 1.5 spoons of baking powder, ½ spoon of baking soda in a bowl and mix.
- Next add 1.5 cups of low fat milk, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and 1 egg into the flour mixture and mix thoroughly. Add more milk and water if needed.
- Preheat a non-stick pan and spray some cooking spray on it.
- Gently pour the batter in a circle and cook until golden-brown.
- Take off the heat, cut into pieces and serve with z drizzle of honey.
Carrots and Honey:
- Add freshly peeled and cut carrots to a saucepan and cook till they are soft.
- When done, strain the carrots and add them to a bowl with parsley, 2 tablespoons of honey, ½ teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of grated orange zest and mix thoroughly.
- Serve it fresh.
For your 18 to 24 month old baby:
Babies, by this age, have started to figure out which foods they like and they will not shy away from telling it to you.
- Heat coconut oil in a pan and add peas, chopped carrots, green beans and shallots. Cook until brown.
- Add precooked brown rice and stir, followed by adding scrambled egg.
- Serve straight away.
- Add breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese in a bowl and mix.
- Beat an egg into a clean bowl.
- Take small pieces of chicken breast, dip then in plain flour, followed by a simple egg wash and then dip them in the bread crumb mixture.
- Bake the prepared chicken pieces for about twenty minutes or until cooked, and serve.
So there you go! Some easy and quick recipes to make sure your baby grows up healthy and hearty. Give them a go.