One of the baby milestones that a new mother looks forward to is introduction to solid foods. It is a huge milestone in the development of baby. A baby starts giving hints as to when he/she is ready to start solid foods. It generally happens between 4 to 6 months. A few of the visible pointers here are:
a) able to hold up her head.
b) starts taking interest in what you are eating and tries to reach out to it.
My baby girl started showing these signs at around 5 months. Traditionally, most Indian households have a food-eating ceremony for a baby where baby is officially introduced to solid foods. Ours was no different. We had her “Ann-Parashan” ceremony when she was almost 6 months old. That was the first time she tasted solid food for the first time. Till then all she did was drink her milk and eyed our food with curiosity.
Introducing solid food is an adventurous journey. You start planning how much to begin with, when to feed, what all nutrients to take care of and how to cater balance between milk feed and solid foods so that the child gets enough nutrients. As my baby is nearing her first birthday, I look back at our solid food journey with fondness. Some times, the things work and sometimes they did’nt, but all in all what an adventure ride it was. And I am equally thrilled at the prospect of introducing newer food recipes to make for her as she gets older and more active.
Here, I am sharing the recipes which are full of nutrients and are my go-to recipes. These recipes are easy and does not involve much cooking and hence perfect for a mom on the go. Rich in fibres, vitamins and minerals, they are great for babies.
- Mashed carrot and beetroot: When she started out with solid foods, it was winters. Winters in north India means loads of carrots, green leafy vegetables. Oh, the choices. Carrot was my go-to vegetable to make recipes for her. Initially I started giving her carrot puree. But later, to introduce different vegetables to her I gave her beetroot puree which she didn’t like much. That’s when I decided to make carrot-beetroot puree and it was a hit from Day-1. Both carrots and bettroot are good source of Vitamin A, iron and fibres and beetroot helps in boosting immunity. Without further ado, here’s is the recipe:
Ingredients: 1 carrot medium size cut in medium-sized chunks.
1/2 medium sized beetroot finely diced/ grated.
Pressure-cooker them together with 1 cup of water for 10 minutes or for 4-5 whistles.
Pro-tip: Beetroot takes much longer to soften than carrot. So try to cook it for a little longer than you normally do for carrots alone.
Take out the boiled veggies in a bowl and mash it with a master or spoon. One can blend it in a blender as well. I mashed it with a spoon and hence the texture is not puree-like but chunkier.
Tmi tip: if the input is red carrots and beetroot, the poop also shows shades of red. So don’t fret. Thank you in advance 😆.
2. Oats banana pancakes : Ever since my baby turned 7 months, I started to feed her at least one fruit a day. Most of the days, it is the easily available and nutritious bananas. The first time I made oats banana pancakes was when I had a ripe banana and it was mealtime. It contains the goodness of oats with essential vitamins and minerals of bananas. Simple to make and act as a good finger food or babies.
Recipe: 1 ripe banana
3 tablespoon oats.
Mash banana in a bowl and add oats and mix well. Put a frying pan on flame, add a little ghee and spread the batter on it. Cook both sides well. Since there is no binding agent like eggs, the pancakes might break while flipping it. Mine did when I tried themtfor the first time. The above picture is the proof. Since bananas are naturally sweet, I don’t add any jaggery powder in it.
My baby girl loves these. She is not a very fussy eater and sometimes I like to give my healthy diet during pregnancy some credit 😋. But she being not a fussy eater makes feeding her a bit easy. Do share your feedback and your go-ro recipes for your baby.
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