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Feeding Infants and Toddlers (6-8 Months)

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Feeding Infants and Toddlers (6-8 Months)

Post by AlleyRose on Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:37 am

“Mealtime” has a whole new meaning at this stage of your baby’s dietary development; solid foods are now firmly on the agenda. As well as helpful advice, this blog features innumerable variations on a puree theme – all perfectly delicious baby food.

Introducing First Solids for Baby
To begin introducing solid foods for babies, start with small quantities and keep it as simple as possible. Blend formula milk, breast milk or warm water with a small quantity of store-bought rice cereal until the mixture is very runny. Bear in mind that your infant is merely accustomed to liquids. After feeding with milk, feed your baby only half a teaspoon of the blend. The following day, offer only a little bit more, and increase the cereal blend gradually in the following days. Repeat this for your baby until the amount of rice cereal intake is reaching 2 tablespoons.
When the cereal feedings run smoothly, begin introducing finely mashed or pureed fruit or vegetables in a similar way – starting off with small amounts and increasing to a larger quantities later on. When introducing a new food to baby, pay a close observation for symptoms of allergy or intolerance of your baby. Do not associate your babies’ refusal of a particular food as a signal that they do not like it. In fact, research indicates that infants accustomed to familiar foods they often take, thus try to offer your infant a new food approximately 10 times before drawing final conclusion that your infant actually don’t like the food. This definitely can be frustrating to many parents, but be calm and patience so that your infant doesn’t equate feeding times with negative feelings.

Feeding Infants and Toddlers (6-8 Months)

Unsuitable Foods for Babies
On top of the most common food allergens, there are some other edibles that shouldn’t be given to babies.
Obvious choking hazards, such as whole raw carrot, celery and apple, corn chips, popcorn, lumps of sausage, hard lollies and whole nuts should be avoided at all costs, though it is worth noting that hard fruits and vegetables can safely be served grated or steamed until soft. Honey is also a no-no for babies under 12 months of age, as it has been known to cause botulism (a type of poisoning).

Homemade Purees for Babies
The below tables have been created so you can quickly and easily make your puree of choice, according to the groupings of fruit or vegetable. Read down the first column on the left of each table to find your ingredient of choice, then read across to discover the quantity you’ll need, the preparation technique and the time it will take to cook. For a puree that could be slightly gluggy, we’ve also suggested what quantity of liquid you’ll need to add to make it easier for your baby to manage.

Introducing Solids : Fruit and Vegetable Purees for 6-8 Months Babies/Infants

Homemade Fruit Purees for Babies
All purees make 1 cup (12 tablespoons)

For apple and pear puree:

  1. Combine fruit and the water in medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until tender.
  2. Blend or process fruit mixture until smooth. Give your child as much fruit puree as desired.

Apple and pear puree for baby

For remaining fruit:
Blend or process fruit until smooth. Give your child as much fruit puree as desired.

How to Store Homemade Baby Food?
Fruit and vegetable purees can be frozen in 1-tablespoon batches in ice-cube trays, covered, for up to 1 month.

FruitQuantityPreparationCooking TimeWater
Apple2 large (400g)Peel, core, chop coarsely10 minutes2 tablespoons
Avocado2 small (400g)Peel, seed, chop coarsely--
Banana2 mediumPeel, chop coarsely--
Custard apple400gPeel, seed, chop coarsely--
Pear1 large (330g)Peel, core, chop coarsely20 minutes2 tablespoons
Rockmelon500gPeel (remove all green sections), seed,
chop coarsely
Homemade Vegetable Purees for Babies
All purees make 1 cup (12 tablespoons)
You can add in some water, formula milk or breast milk to reach the desired consistency when pureeing vegetables.

For potato and pumpkin puree:

  1. Steam vegetables until tender, then drain.
  2. Push vegetable through sieve.

For remaining vegetables:

  • Vegetable of choice is steamed until tender, then drain.
  • Blend vegetable together with liquid to a smooth consistency. Feed your baby as much vegetable purees as desired.


VegetableQuantityPreparationCooking TimeWater
Broccoli250gCut into florets, chop stem coarsely8 minutes2 tablespoons
Carrot2 large (360g)Trim ends, peel, chop coarsely15 minutes2 tablespoons
Cauliflower250gTrim stem, cut into florets8 minutes-
Kumara1 medium (400g)Peel, chop coarsely20 minutes1 tablespoons
Potato2 medium (400g)Peel, chop coarsely20 minutes2 tablespoons
Pumpkin400gPeel, remove seeds, chop coarsely12 minutes-
Spinach250gTrim stems, chop coarsely8 minutes1 tablespoons
Patty-pan squash300gTrim ends, chop coarsely12 minutes-
Zucchini2 large (300g)Trim ends, peel, chop coarsely7 minutes-
More baby’s food recipes on Solid Food Recipes for Infants, Weaning Babies and Toddlers

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