Inaaya slipping through my fingers in snippets #14 BabyFood Stage I (5-7m)

The reason why I take Inaaya’s nutrition extremely seriously is because I was the worst eater growing up. I truly did not care about nutrition until I hit 25, when my BMR suddenly slowed down and didn’t process the starch-carb I ate as it had done for years. I had to change my diet to be healthy inside out.

Thankfully, my husband is a clean eater and I want to fuel Inaaya’s brain and body the right way. I know if Inaaya learns to eat healthy and unprocessed food, she is more likely to continue to make healthy food choices as she ages.

What we feed our children matters! If we eat fresh home cooked food, how and why should we give our children store-bought commercial food. No matter how much “fortified” the brands claim, these commercial food lose their nutrients and vitamins during process.

Inaaya was an exclusively breast fed baby first 6 months. I used to then ponder a lot on the obvious questions –
what next?
What can my baby eat from my kitchen?
How do I start?
How do I cook?
Consistency?
Will she take it?
What if not?
So this mama started to try out everything from the scratch. While the basic ingredients were the paediatrician’s suggestion, combinations were what i explored.

You don’t have to be a master in the kitchen to make your baby’s food. It took me trials time and again to understand what combinations my baby prefers. And believe me, once you know your bub’s taste bud, jackpot!

Anyway, Baby food!

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How making my baby’s food helped us?
# She eats natural food and has developed a taste for the same.
# There are more variety for me to offer her.
# She eats what we eat at home (no spices).
# I know what exactly is going into her system (no preservatives/unknown ingredients).
# I can tailor her food to what she likes. For instance, she refused to take potato, so i introduced sweet potato to her food which she loved.

Inaaya is at the weaning stage which is why I thought to share this post with you.
Here are some easy tried and tested Stage I baby foods. Remember to use No Sugar/Salt until 1 year. Let your little one explore the natural flavours.

  1. BEETROOT – CARROT Purée

Packed with ample nutrients, Beetroot and Carrot are easy on baby’s palette. They are rich in Vitamin A, B, C, K and E. Also full of Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron. Being rich in iron they promote production of Red Blood Cells, cleanses the body, good for eyes, boosts immunity and prevents constipation.

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2. APPLE Purée

Naturally sweet and rich in fibre and Vit. C, apples are easy to digest making it an ideal first food. Your baby will love this flavourful puree.

Peel the apple and chop into small cubes. Transfer them to a pan and add water to submerge the cubes.
Cover and cook under low flame until become tender. Mash with a fork or blend it.

3. BANANA Purée

Bananas are potassium and fibre rich super fruit. Being natural antacids, they are usually gentle on stomach.
Although they are good first food option, be careful and don’t overdo it. Start with small portion and gradually increase the quantity. Too much banana can have adverse effects.

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4. AVOCADO Purée

Avocado is a mild flavour fruit with buttery texture but packed with Folate, Fibre, Potassium, Vitmain E and Iron. It has good fats and serves great for the growing brain and overall development.

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5. PUMPKIN Purée

Rich in Beta-carotene, pumpkin is a great option for your baby’s overall development. A precursor of Vit. A which is needed for healthy skin, immune system and good eye health. Also, they contain high amounts of essential nutrients required for brain functions and being antioxidant rich, they boost energy levels too.

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6. SWEET POTATO Purée

Packed with beta-carotene and Vitamin A, sweet potatoes are great options for weaning. Not only are they loaded with iron, calcium and many health benefits, but they are loved by babies for its sweet delicious taste. Also excellent for preventing constipation in babies.

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7. PAPAYA Purée

Papayas are a great source of folate and fibre. It is best to treat constipation and your baby will love it for its sweet flavour.

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8. RAGI PORRIDGE

Ragi in itself is a wholesome diet. It is a packed super food for your baby’s overall development. Also known by the name of Nachni or Finger millet, it is a treasure trove of proteins, natural iron, Calcium (for strengthening bones), fibre and improves skin and hair. I personally prefer Organic Ragi powder as it is easy to incorporate.

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                      POINTS TO REMEMBER
1. Consult the paediatrician before introducing a new food.
2. Introduce one food item at a time and follow the 3-day rule to check on your baby's acceptance (taste and digestion).
3. If you notice a rash or an allergic reaction, discontinue the food immediately.
4. You may combine two or more ingredients for better nutritional dense.
5. Your baby might reject a particular item. Don't worry! Try incorporating it another way. If that doesn't work either, stop giving it for a few days and find an alternate food with the same nutritional value. Try again the rejected food after a few days.
6. This information is a guide and not a substitute for medical advice from a qualified professional.

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