Witnessing your baby grows every single day undoubdly brings ultimate joy for every parent, yet it also adds more responsibility for the parents to make sure that the little angel grows in the best way possible. At first, breast milk or formula is enough to give your baby necessary nutrition to support his/her growth, but as your baby grows, he/she will need more highly nutritious food to fulfill his/her daily need. Careful planning and selection of food considering the age and necessary nutrition is essential to support your baby diet.
Healthy babies healthy families
Healt is the most precious gift for every human being and when you become a parent, your little one’s health is as precious as your healt or even more. Your baby wellbeing is closely related with your own since the bond between you and your baby binds you up to psychological level. You both will know immediately when something is wrong happened to one another.
Unhealthy baby would be easily identified from their body and growth chart and it surely will shed worriness in your mind. Crying frequntly, red skin, less energetic are some of the indicators that you might see when your baby feeling unwell. Furthermore, when you bring your baby for monthly check and his/her grow chart does not show the expected result, there’s something wrong with your baby. Since growth and nutritions are closely related, your baby might suffer from insufficient nutrition intake.
It is suggested that you only give your baby formula or breast milk up to six moth olds and try to introduce food afterwards.
Baby food recipes 6-8 months
At the first stage of introduing your baby to solids, you can start with puree. Puree is easily digested and has soft texture so your baby will be more comfortable when receiving food for the first time. You can try several variations in the period suh as pea purée, banana purée, Avocado purée, or sweet potato puree. You can also start with iron-fortified rice cereal as mentioned before.
For the second period after your baby get used to the solids (around 7-9 months old), you can try to give purée with multiple ingredients or other variatons of soft food. You can try a variation of pumpkin thymee purée which contains important nutrition such as beta carotene, potassium, and iron. You can also give a combination of spinach and white yams. The combination is good for your baby since it contains calcium, iron, and vitamin A.
Baby food recipes for 10 months old babies
As your baby grow more and more, you will also need to adjust the amount of nutrition needed for your baby. At this age, your baby will need different amount of calories based on his/her weight. In general, your baby will need around 90-120 calories pe kilogram of weight. There is no exact rules on when you should stop breat milk your baby so please consult your peditrician before you decide to entirely change your baby’s diet with solid food. You could reduce the amout of breast milk you give to your baby and add some foods to incentivize the nutrition needed for your baby.
Feeding your baby solid food at this age is a bit chalenging since at this period your baby is starting to develop preferences towards food. However, at this stage try to avoid salt as much as possible and you can incentivize the taste with cheese and other food materials that has unique falavor. Be observant to allergic allergic sign especially when you first introducing certain type of food.
Here are some recipes that you can try to cook for your baby. The recipes are cited from www.parenting.firstcry.com.
- One egg
- 2-3 tablespoons of whole milk or formula or breast milk
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh cheddar cheese or any other fresh cheese
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
How to prepare:
Crack open the egg into a bowl. Add the milk and whisk for a couple of minutes. Then add the grated fresh cheese and mix. Heat the pan with the olive oil. Stir the egg mixture continuously until the eggs are fully cooked. Check for salt and season accordingly. You can also add some finely cut vegetables for a variation in flavour.
Chicken and Potato Soup
- ½ cup peeled and diced potatoes
- ½ cup diced chicken
- ½ cup diced onion
- ½ cup fresh grated cheddar cheese
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups water
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
How to prepare:
In a large pot, heat the butter. Once simmering, add the onions and cook until they turn transparent. Add the garlic and sauté for a couple of minutes. Add the potatoes and let it get some colour from cooking in the butter. Add the water and bring to a boil. Add the cheese bit by bit while continuously stirring. Bring to a boil once again and add the diced chicken. Cover the pot with a lid and let it cook for 10 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked. Season with salt and pepper according to taste and the soup is ready. If you have cut the potatoes and chicken small enough, your baby might like to eat them like it. However, if you think your baby is finding it difficult, then you can use an immersion blender and make the soup into a smooth consistency.