When you make baby’s first foods, you can save money and reduce waste. You also can choose more nutritious options. Fresh foods are typically more nutritious than canned, and you can purchase organic food for making baby food if you wish. You can also avoid unwholesome ingredients that show up in commercial baby food. Making Baby food doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. The most comfortable and most affordable way is the stablest way!
Making Baby Food As Per Age
It depends on how old the baby is. Babies don’t need anything other than mothers’ milk in the first six months. The priority should be to ensure that, and if required, supplement with age-appropriate formula milk prescribed or suggested by the pediatric doctor.
Rice and dal konjac (yellow moong dal or lentil that is easy and light on the stomach, or just rice water will do too) to prepare the rice congee. Wash and soak starchy white rice for a couple of hrs, about a cupful or two will do, drain water and leave to air dry on a plate or a clean muslin cloth, spread out using back of a spoon, so they don’t form clumps and evenly dry out.it can take a few hrs to dry out. Once it’s reasonably dry, roast the rice in a wok stirring continuously till they puff out a little bit (takes about 10 mins). Now let it cool down and once cooled, grind through a mixer or food processor into a coarse powder. You can now store the dust in a clean tin for several days. It stores well for 2 to 3 weeks. To prepare each meal, take a tablespoon of the powder and add to a cupful of water put to boil on medium heat stirring till it comes to a boil. Once it boils, turn heat to the lowest setting and simmers till the mixture is of custard-like consistency. Take off heat and transfer to a bowl, cool it down considerably till lukewarm, you can add a pinch of salt and a smidge of ghee or clarified butter to taste, but that’s optional. It makes for an excellent first meal for the baby.
What Else Other Than Rice?
Once the baby is six months old, plus or minus a few weeks, the first semi-solid food can be in the introduction in 1 or 2 daytime meals. This should be soft, mashed, and lukewarm with a runny and semi-solid consistency. Here are some excellent options.
Avacado mash, sweet potato mash, the avocado mash is very easy, scoop out pulp from a ripe avocado, mash a couple of spoons into a smooth guacamole consistency puree and offer to the baby. For making sweet potato mash, boil or bake the sweet potatoes, peel, and mash, always check the temperature and taste of everything you offer the baby.
I would suggest introducing these two first and see how it goes. Over 6 to 9 Months that you can slowly add other baby food like mashed pumpkin or carrot puree or mashed bananas. Make sure that your baby is feeling comfortable while eating.