Is your baby ready to have his first mouthful of solid food? Feeding your baby his first meal is a very exciting time. Below is a list of healthy and nutritional baby homemade food ideas.
How will I know if my baby is ready to eat solid food?
Babies are usually ready to eat solid food when they are 4 – 6 months old. It is important to wait until this age as babies have immature digestive systems and cannot properly digest solid food yet. If your baby can sit up straight and keep his head steady he is ready for solid food. Then you can happily view all the nice homemade baby food ideas there is.
Handling and Prepping
Remember to always wash your hands before handling or preparing your baby’s food. Wash vegetables and fruit thoroughly and make sure they are cooked properly.
Is There Any Specific Solid Foods That My Baby Should Avoid Eating?
Certain foods can cause an allergic reaction if your baby consumes it. It is best to stick to the list of healthy homemade baby food ideas and avoid unnecessary harm at your baby. Below is a list of food that should be avoided until your baby is older.
* Cow’s milk
Which Solid Food Is Good For My Baby?
Vegetables and fruits are very healthy as well as important. Your baby needs all the vitamins and minerals. Below is a couple of healthy homemade baby food ideas.
Simple Butternut Puree
Butternut puree is a favourite for many babies. It’s easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious. Butternut is important for bone health, cell growth, eye health and a healthy immune system.
Nutritional value – vitamin a, b and c, magnesium, manganese, potassium and anti-oxidants.
Pureed Gem Squash and Cinnamon
My daughter loved this pureed food. If you want to add extra flavour cinnamon works perfect. Gem squash is a good source of protein. It is good for bone health and helps the body’s ability to process fats and carbohydrates.
Nutritional value – vitamin a, b6 and c, copper, magnesium, manganese, protein and many more.
Pureed Carrot and Nutmeg
Carrots are very healthy and also naturally sweet so no need to add anything extra. This yummy vegetable is very important for healthy eye sight.
Nutritional value – vitamin k, carotene, fiber, potassium, and antioxidants.
Pureed Apple and Pear
This combination works great and babies adore the taste. Apples and pears are also naturally sweet so no need to add sugar. Fiber is important as it normalizes bowel movement, lowers cholesterol and helps control blood sugar levels.
Nutritional value – vitamin c and k, calcium, iron fiber, folate and many more.
Pureed or mashed Banana
Banana tastes delicious and is also very healthy. It’s naturally sweet and provides energy. Bananas also boosts the production of serotonin a “feel good hormone” Take note that bananas can cause constipation.
Nutritional value – vitamin a, b, c, d, k, fiber, manganese and phytonutrients.
Simple Sweet Potato Puree
Sweet potatoes are also loved by babies. It is naturally sweet and tastes lovely. Sweet potatoes are rich in antioxidants that protects the body from free radicals.
Nutritional value – vitamin b and c, calcium, iron, selenium and antioxidants.
Pureed Banana and Sweetcorn
Banana and sweetcorn goes perfectly well together. The sweetcorn will bring extra flavour to the pureed banana. Sweetcorn is very health and reduces the risk anemia.
Nutritional value – vitamin e, fiber, protein and many more.
Pureed Potato and Carrots
These two go along very well. Just remember that potatoes can cause constipation in babies. Potatoes may improve blood sugar control.
Nutritional value – vitamin b6 and c, fiber, magnesium and anti-oxidants.
Simple Avocado Puree
Avos are one of the most healthiest fruits there is. It’s absolutely delicious.
Nutritional value – vitamin c, e, k and b6, niacin, riboflavin and omega-3 fatty acids.
Simple Green Pea Puree
Green peas taste good and is healthy. Babies need greens it is very important.
Nutritional value – calcium and potassium thay prevents high blood pressure.
There are plenty more of homemade baby food ideas that your baby will love and benefit from.