According to American Academy of Pediatric recommendation it is better to wait up to 6 months of age of your baby to start a complementary food. Some cases you start it after 4 months of age if the development is in good stage. A study by the Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology shown that starting solid foods at the age of 4 months is very helpful to reduce the risk of allergies & asthma. Before starting a complementary diet you should consult with your pediatrician that your baby is ready to take first foods.
You should keep in mind as your baby is not habituated to these extra foods. So, we don’t know in which foods he/she may have allergies. Firstly, you should avoid eggs, nuts, beans, shellfish, beef, pumpkin etc. You should select organic foods, vegetables or grass fed, fruits, pasteurized foods etc. You may choice the following foods from 4 – 9 months of age:
Potatoes and sweet potatoes
Apples, Peaches, Grapes, Oranges
Cereals – Rice, Bread, Barley, Oats and Prunes
Liver, fish, chicken, mutton
Broccoli, Green Peas
Your Baby will need not more than 2 – 3 table spoon at 4 – 6 months of age. Don’t forget to serve the foods by decorating them nicely. Avoid to serve readymade foods available in the market. For a baby having 4 – 6 months try homemade recipes. There are some easy homemade food recipes for you.
- Take ¼ cup of rice or rice powder and 1 cup of water. Use pure water or boiled water. Boil the rice with water.
- Wet until the rice well boiled
- Mash the rice and mix an infant formula or some milk with it. You can also add fish or meat mixing with rice.
- Your baby is ready to serve
- ¼ cup of barley powder and 1 cup of water mixed together.
- Keep the paste in simmering for about 10 minutes. Left it to cool.
- Mix infant formula or sugar with barley. Decorate and serve it warm.
- Oats Powder:
- Mix ½ cup of oats powder with 1 cup of water.
- Cook it for 10 minutes and add some milk.
- Mash the oats to make a thinner paste.
- Serve it warm.
- Chop the potatoes into small pieces.
- Cook them adding salt and water.
- After well boiled, mash the potatoes with a potato masher.
- Add butter or oil with it. You may also add some cereal powder and water to get a smooth porridge.
- Sweet Potatoes:
- Boil the sweet potatoes in water.
- Peel them and mash with a potato masher.
- Add some water to get thinner and smooth puree.
- Serve to the baby with spoon.
- Broccoli and Green Peas:
- Boil ½ cup of peas and ½ cup of broccoli with 1 cup of water.
- When it is fully boiled then mash them.
- Add some butter and salt to make it tastier.
- Chop the carrots into small pieces.
- Cook it up to well-boiled.
- Add salt or sugar and blend them.
- You may add some cereal powder with it.
- Add water to make it thinner.
- Serve it to your baby.
- Ripe Banana:
- Peel the banana and don’t cook it.
- Mash the banana and blend it using a blender.
- Add water or milk to thin the puree.
- Your baby food is ready to serve.
- Take a ripe mango and peel the mango, de-seed it.
- Cut into small pieces and blend it with a blender.
- You may add some sugar with it for better taste.
- Serve the whole mashed mango.
- Add some water to make it juicy and serve as juice.
- Peel the ripe papaya and de-seed it.
- Cut into small pieces.
- Add some sugar
- Place them in a blender.
- Blend until fully mashed.
- Serve the puree to your baby.
- Apple can be used in 2 ways. Firstly, you can blend the apple and make juices then serve the juice to your baby.
- Or you can boil the apple mash them and make like a sauce.
You can make combinations of cereals and vegetables or fruits and vegetables in your baby food. Combinations of these foods will make them tastier than single one. It will also more nutritious for your baby.