Do you think your little one is ready to start solid? If yes, this will be ultimate guide for you to look at. I started feeding Baby E solid when he hits 4 months because I loves cooking and I just can’t help but to start it. Doctor advised us to start at 5 months but I decided to start at 4 months, 3 meals a week.
An easy guideline for you is to start feeding your little one solid when they can hold heads up and sit up straight or when you realised they aren’t full yet after breastfeeding. Baby E is a foodie, he always seems to be very excited when he sees us having our meals at the dining table. Thus, I decided to start at 4 months. If you are worry about digestive problem, please consult your medical advisor.
In this article, I will share about the list of food that is suitable for your little one and a different way to prepare baby puree without a blender.
Baby E is a big lover of sweet potato and I bought the purple ones because the colour is nice and I find it easier to prepare.
Something you should know before you start:
1. I would advise you to do a single portion for new food to ensure your baby takes the food. I prepared a big batches of pear puree the other day and Baby E refuse to take it. Ended up, I forced my hubby to finished it.
2. Please sterilised all the cooking equipment before preparing your baby food.
3. For a start, you might want to start with 1 teaspoon of solid and slowly increase it.
4. I am also against freezing baby food, I prefer fresh food for such a young age.
5. Your baby might have constipation after their first food so don’t panic. Wait for a day or 2 if your little one still constipate, go to the doctor.
How to prepare in small portion?
1. Peel the skin and dice the fruit or veggie. The smaller you diced the quicker it cooks.
2. Steam it for 30 minutes or until soft. (fruits will not require steaming, you can skip this step if you are preparing fruits for your little one)
3. Mash it with a potato mashes and you might want to mix in a little of rice cereal. (Any ratio of the rice and veggie/ fruits is fine, depends on your liking)
4. Strain the mixture with a sieve to make it smooth and easy to digest. I would advise to add some water when straining it to avoid cobsitipation.
** Do not make it too watery, as it will gets more watery. As long as the puree is smooth, is good.
Why didn’t I choose the blending option?
1. The Cleaning Up
Washing/ cleaning the blender is horrible. I would rather do it the manual way for now as I only prepare very small batches.
2. Colic Problem
Chinese believes that blending will cause colic problem. Colic cause indigestion then will lead to tons and tons of other problem. Thus, I do not recommend blending for baby below 1 year old.
3. Portion Too Small
There is no point and almost impossible to use the blender when I am preparing such a small portion.
I hope your little will love the food you prepare as much as Baby E love mine!