A baby grows fast, and so does his or her appetite. After six months of breastfeeding, your baby is now ready for some delicious complementary solid food. While you may be excited to try all sorts of homemade baby food, your baby may not be ready for adult food like fried chicken drumsticks yet. You may be wondering, what can I prepare for my baby? Here are some homemade baby food choices you can add to your baby’s daily diet.
Your baby still needs milk. Whether your baby is a voracious eater or a fussy one who thinks he or she is above the world, a huge part of your baby’s diet will still be based on milk. After all, breastmilk contains nutrients specifically for your baby, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids and more. It should continue until your baby is at least two years old. In short, milk should start the day, end the day, and accompany some of your baby’s meals.
Iron Fortified Baby Cereal
Baby cereal, especially those fortified with iron, can be a great way for your baby to get used to solid food slowly while keeping each meal nutritious. Plus, baby cereal is versatile enough for you to create your own delicious homemade baby food recipe. Get creative with small pieces of meat, diced vegetables or fruits.
Here’s a recipe for Wheat Baby Cereal with Apples and Dates you can try:
- Blend 60g of apples, 25g of dates and 100ml of milk until they become soft.
- Mix with 5 tablespoons of CERELAC® Wheat & Honey.
- Serve to a hungry baby.
Nutrient Packed Porridge
Porridge isn’t just for when you’re feeling sick, or when you have nothing else to eat. It is also an easy way to introduce some solid food to your baby because of its soft texture. While plain old porridge doesn’t exactly sound like an exciting homemade baby food, you can always add a twist. If your baby is bored or refuses to eat the same dish every time, add colourful, nutritious ingredients like fruits. You can use ground rice or baby cereal for a finer texture.
Here’s a recipe for Fruit Salad Porridge you can try:
- Add 50ml of warm water, 50g of CERELAC® Rice & Mixed Fruits, 50g of finely blended pear, and 50ml of orange juice to a bowl.
- Mix, and serve.
Introducing fruits and vegetables can be no easy task, especially when fruits like apples are a rock to your baby’s growing digestive system. Purees can be a homemade baby food to introduce fruits and their nutrients in a way that’s easy to swallow and digest. Simply cook the food, let it cool, blend and serve.
Homemade baby food doesn’t mean you have to rack your brain over planning what to cook for every meal. Sometimes, the simplest choices are the best, like a bowl of baby cereal with fruits, or a puree mix.
If you’re looking to plan your baby’s daily diet with homemade baby food and a balance of nutrients, why not download our CERELAC Recipe e-Book? It has lots of fun recipes you can try for your baby at every stage of growing up. Or watch Malaysian MasterChef Dr. Ezani cook up interesting dishes for your baby here.