February 28, 2021
Starting your baby on solids is an exciting time and while it's fun to see how they respond to this whole new world, it can also be a little scary, somewhat time consuming, and very messy. Here are our top tips for starting on this new phase.
Please note: the tips below mainly focus on spoon feeding as this has been our experience. And while we have been through starting solids a few times, this is just our opinion born out of experience - you'll get advice from your Well Child provider, you can take a look at the MoH guidelines, and please consult a dietitian if you have any concerns about your baby’s diet.
We've put recipes in apostrophes as they aren't really recipes, but more of a method, with some flavour combination suggestions.
When baby starts on solids the puree you feed them needs to be very smooth and quite loose (but not so loose that it slides off the spoon). However if you are building up your freezer stash we suggest freezing the food without too much liquid added. You can always add more liquid (water, breastmilk or formula) before you serve it, but it's difficult to remove if by the time you use it your baby has moved on to a chunkier stage.
To make a suitable first puree, chop and simmer your chosen vegetable in water, low salt stock or bone broth, until very soft. Blend with a little of the cooking liquid and pop into your food trays to freeze. Or if you plan to serve it straight away add some expressed breastmilk, formula or more of the cooking liquid to loosen it further.
You can use a similar process for meat, legumes, and fruit.
As baby grows you can start to mix up the flavour combinations (follow the MoH guidelines around when to introduce certain foods). Some of our favourite combos are:
* Avocado and banana also make great first foods but don't need to be cooked.Good luck, and please feel free to tag us in any of your pics x
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