This is one of the best infographics out there that shows exactly where produce should be stored. After we do the shopping and spend all that money for quality (and often organic) produce, it would be a shame to not […]
Making pears for baby food is ridiculously simple. When you realize that you’re paying almost $0.28 per ounce of commercial pear baby food, you’ll start making your own for a fraction of the cost and a gigantic increase in taste […]
Fast and easy, quick and simple; making baby food can be all of the aforementioned. In this recipe, the combination of apples, carrots and chicken yields a delicious meal that can be pureed for babies still beginning the solid food […]
Did you know that besides soy, quinoa is a source of complete protein? It contains all the essential amino acids that our bodies need and, it makes a wonderful addition to your baby’s diet. Just 1 cup contains approximately 22 […]
Many parents become gripped and paralyzed with fear when it comes time to move baby from purees to chunky texture and table foods. The fear of letting baby begin to feed herself chunks and lumps of foods is about the […]
As you contemplate starting solid foods, it’s important to note what various medical organizations recommend. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), along with many other health organizations such as the World Health Organization and UNICEF, states that breast milk and/or formula should provide all the nutrition your baby needs during the first 6 months of life.
However, in prior years the AAP Committee on Nutrition also wrote that introducing solid foods between four and six months was perfectly acceptable; introducing babies to solids prior to four months is never recommended. This has changed again so that now, all of the AAP is in agreement and recommending that babies should start solid foods at 6 months of age.
Most important thing to remember when introducing solid foods to baby
Keep this in mind as you begin to introduce solid foods to your baby: Solid foods will not make up a large portion of your baby’s nutrition for quite a few weeks after you start.
Remember that you are introducing your baby to solid foods, not suddenly changing your baby’s diet. At this point, the term “complementary foods” is often used instead of “solid foods”. Complimentary foods is a term that describes what the early role of solid food is in a baby’s diet.
In the beginning, you are complementing breast milk and/or formula with solid foods, not replacing them. The first few weeks should be a time to take it slow, keep it simple and stay relaxed. Explore and enjoy the experience of watching your baby touch and taste his way through the wonderful world of food!
Baked apples make a great little dish to serve to those Baby Led Weaners and other little ones who are learning to self-feed with finger foods and lumpy, bumpy textures. You can bake up as many or as few apples […]
Finger foods for baby are really simple to make. Just use the foods you were using to create baby purees and slice, chunk and mash into a chunky texture and voila! Finger foods. Using a julienne peeler is a great […]
Baby cereal does not have to be the very first food that baby eats. Fruits, veggies and meats are better first food choices than are cereals. If you want to make your own baby cereals, try these three grains as […]
Introducing Beets to Baby – Homemade Beet Baby Food To prepare beets, it’s best to roast or steam them. If you will be making beet puree, steaming beets will give a more soft and mushy texture that is easy to […]