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    Starting Solids / Homemade Baby Food....

    (For the Solids Chatter thread, see HERE )

    I put this list together when I started Olivia on solids. It is a general guide, based on current information. It may differ slightly from other available food lists, but is a good guide as a starting point. I have erred on the side of caution: it is always better to start any solid food later than earlier in order to avoid any potential risks of food allergies.

    It goes without saying that when you are thinking about starting your baby on solids, always check with your child health clinic, and as we know, the guidelines seem to change all the time, so always check out what the current guidelines/suggestions are for yourself.

    At May 2006, the recommendation by the World Health Organisation is not to start your baby on solids until they are 6 months old.

    For a discussion on why you should delay starting your baby on solids until at least six months is HERE

    To read abstracts from evidence based research about why it is recommended to delay starting solids until six months, click HERE.

    Making Baby Food

    Before you start:
    ~Make sure you always use clean utensils, clean hands etc
    ~Wash and peel fruits before using them

    Handy Items

    ~ Microwave
    ~ Microwave plastic steamer basket (I think you can get these in Woolies, they are made by "StarMaid")
    ~ Blender or sieve to strain food through
    ~ Rubber spatula
    ~ Brush to scrub raw veggies with

    PLUS

    ~ Loads of bibs
    ~ Loads of face washers
    ~ A "splat mat"........something to catch the bits of puree that get splurted out of your babies mouth; hurled off the spoon etc etc........

    General Rules when starting solids...

    ~ You can thicken things with rice cereal
    ~ You can thin things down with breast milk, prepared formula or cool boiled water
    ~ Don't add sugar, salt or fat
    ~ Use a nice soft plastic spoon rather than a metal spoon
    ~ Use a small plastic serving bowl.......babies eat hardly anything in the early days and so start off with small portions, as all food that is not eaten in that sitting should be thrown out
    ~ Try the same food on your baby for a few days......it is all practice, and apparently they need a few goes on each new taste sensation!

    First Foods (6months)

    Rice Cereal
    Apples
    Bananas
    Pears
    Sweet Potato
    Pumpkin
    Squash
    Green Beans

    2nd Stage (8 months)

    Rice
    Barley
    Oats
    Apricots
    Avocados
    Necterines and Peaches
    Plums
    Prunes
    Carrots
    Peas
    Zuchinni
    Chicken
    Turkey
    Plain whole milk yogurt

    Third Stage (10 months)

    Wheat (ie crackers/bread/toast)
    Melon
    Mango
    Broccoli
    Cauliflower
    Potato
    Eggplant
    Egg yolk
    Legumes
    Lean beef
    Pork
    Ham
    Cream Cheese
    Cottage Cheese
    Cheddar

    4th Stage (12months)

    Pasta
    Cherries
    Citrus Fruits
    Corn
    Cucumber
    Tomatoes
    Fish

    5th Stage (12 months to 2 years)



    Whole Eggs
    Whole Milk
    Strawberries


    6th Stage (2 years and beyond)

    Peanuts
    Nuts
    Honey


    To Puree Baby Food

    ~ Choose the type of food you are going to prepare
    ~ Wash and peel it
    ~ Chop into small pieces
    ~ Add to microwave steamer basket, with a tablespoon of water
    ~ Steam in microwave for approx 4 mins (until very soft)
    ~ When cool enough to handle, empty the food into a processor and whizz until smooth, or push through a fine sieve.

    Pureeing "Grown Up Food" for babies

    Either:
    ~ Puree the babies portion immediately whilst still hot (in a blender or grinder or through a seive)
    ~ As soon as it is cool enough for baby, feed straight away

    OR:

    ~ Cool the grwon up food quickly by placing it in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight
    ~ The next day, put the cold food into the blender and add a bit of cooled boiled water
    ~ Puree, and then spoon into an ice cube tray to freeze it.
    ~ Deforst on high for 30 secs

    (You basically don't want hot food hanging around: it should be either served straight away, or chilled and frozen.........luke warm is when the bugs and bacteria start multiplying, especially in meat based dishes.)

    Storing & Freezing Baby Purees

    ~ Any food that is prepared should be refridgerated or frozen as soon as it is prepared
    ~ Store portions in the fridge, covered, for up to 3 days only
    ~ Freeze purees in ice cube trays (once they are frozen, pop the blocks out into zip-lock bags)
    ~ Frozen purees should only be kept for 1 month
    Last edited by Ambah; August 25th, 2007 at 02:55 PM.

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