ecobirmingham will welcome a Nappuccino & Co event for new or expecting parents at Northfield Ecocentre tomorrow, 28/09/18, 1-2.30pm, and our volunteer Nishat has put together a useful fact-sheet about Healthy Baby Meals to hand out on the day. We thought our Move More Eat Well followers might be interested as well, so here’s an extract…
Introducing your baby to solids for the first time isn’t always an easy experience, from clashing advice to the potential challenge of dealing with fussy eaters! Below, we’ve summarised the guidelines for weaning and shared some fuss-free, nutritious recipes to make the weaning experience a little easier.
Complementary feeding (weaning) is generally introduced starting at 6 months, with an aim to introduce a broad variety of food, flavours, and textures gradually between 6 months and 12 months.
There is no ‘correct’ way of doing this- you need to take your time and slowly introduce a variety of food to your baby, as it may take time for them to adjust to different textures and tastes. A suggestion would be to start with one meal a day, as babies don’t need three full meals a day right away. Here is a summary of the meals to aim for during the first few months of weaning:
6-7 months: Start with purees and soft food, once a day.
7-8 months: Start introducing finger foods, increasing the number of meals and variety.
10-12 months: Your baby can start to enjoy family meals (cut into smaller ‘baby-sized’ bites).
From 12 months: 3 healthy meals with snacks.In addition, aim to keep your baby’s meals salt and sugar free as they do not need added sugar or salt in their food. Try to stick to home-made unprocessed meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables to ensure your baby is getting the right vitamins and minerals for their growth.
Simple Fruit and Veggie Mix
Babies tend to enjoy sweeter flavours as breast milk is natural sweet. This puree is a great introduction to solid food as the ingredients used are both healthy and naturally sweet.
– 1 medium butternut squash (or an equal amount of sweet potato)
– 1 ripe pear (or an apple)
– Peel the butternut squash, cut it up into small seeds and remove the seeds.
– Steam for around 10-12 minutes.
– Peel and chop the pear, then add it to the steam for about 5 minutes until both the butternut squash and pear are tender.
– Once both vegetables are tender, puree them in a blender.
The ‘good greens’ Puree
This good greens puree is packed full of nutrients and healthy veggies, it’s important to get your baby to try more savoury flavours, and if they struggle, try to add a little fruit to naturally sweeten it.
– 1-2 tbsp. butter
– The white part of a leek- sliced into small pieces.
– 1 medium potato- peeled and chopped.
– 250ml water
– 50g frozen peas
– Avocado or spinach (optional)
– Add the butter to a pan, sauté the leek until golden.
– Then, add the potatoes and water, bring it to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
– Add the peas, and then cook for another 5 minutes until all the vegetables are tender.
– Blend the vegetables until smooth, at this point you can add in some avocado or spinach if you like.
This simple but hearty meal is a great option for busy mornings, it doesn’t take much preparation at all and it’s full of goodness to keep your baby full. The banana in the oats also adds a bit of natural sweetness to the oats (the more ripe the banana, the better!). Depending on your baby’s age, you can also add in some additional fruit such as raisins or steamed apples which adds variety to the texture).
– 1/3 cup oats
– 2/3 cup milk
– Handful of blueberries
– ½ banana sliced
– Heat the oats and milk on the stove, until it is almost cooked (This usually takes about 5-10 minutes).
– Once it’s nearly cooked, add in the banana and blueberries, and then mix it together
Join us tomorrow for Nappuccino & Co at Northfield Ecocentre, 53 Church Rd, if you would like the complete fact-sheet on Healthy Baby Meals, or alternatively email us at email@example.com.