Super-easy Baby food recipes

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.

  1. 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:

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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.
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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.

This blog post is a part of #Baby/ToddlerFood blog train hosted by Me(Anisha) from momzdiary ,Danisha from Lovethatyoucanbuy and Deepali from myteenytot.

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We 40 Mom Bloggers are here with some amazing Baby & Toddler Food Ideas just for you.

This is a month-long blog train. Stay tuned for some very healthy and yummy recipes everyday.

I would like to thank Amitoj, a wonderful blogger who writes at http://www.tryingtobeasupermom.wordpress.com for introducing me. Now I would like to introduce Sonam Jain, a food artist blogger and a mom of one year old toddler. Her platters are colourful whimsical and creative which ensures kids start enjoying their meal.You can check her work at http://themagicplatter.com/ and  superb food artist of http:\\magicplatter.com .

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The mother in me

The mother in me feels ecstatic when the baby latches perfectly,
And then worries if the baby is getting enough milk.

The mother in me feels blessed to have an angel of a child,
And is then ashamed of the times when i felt irritated and frustated.

The mother in me waits for the baby to sleep so that she can finish the household chores,
and then finds herself longingly scrolling through the hundreds of baby’s pictures and videos on her phone and waiting for her baby to wake up.

The mother in me can’t wait to see her baby crossing another milestone,
And yet wants to cherish the present a little longer.

The mother in me is proud when the baby finishes a cup of carrot puree,
And then worries the next day when she sees red bits in baby’s poop next day. ( well, hello solid food adventures).

The mother in me wants to record baby’s every little update
and at the same time fears of missing out on any of the baby’s firsts.

The mother in me is in awe of my mother who sings lullabies to my baby every single time to make her sleep,
And then wonders if i can be as good as a mother as her.

The mother in me shared all my vulnerabilities and fears to my mother, to which she simply replied “it happens with every mother.”
The mother in me, i guess, is like every other mother.

Dedicated to all the mothers. Happy Mother’s Day.

Letter to my eight month old

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Dear Baby,

You are eight month old today. Yes!!Eight month old. I will not say what I usually say but really Time flies. How you were a chubby, wriggly, tiny and so delicate new born eight months back and look at you now- this beautiful, tall, laughing, trying to stand on her own little baby girl.

I have been writing letters to you in my head since the day you were born. While I am preserving memories in my heart but what I have realised is that memory is ephemeral. What  I remember today very clearly will soon be clogged with more data and with passing time. So I put pen to paper, or in this case, fingers to keyboard to write to you before it’s too late. What better day than today when it is your month anniversary.

This past month has been a revelation. This was a month of so many ‘firsts’. You are crossing your monthly milestones with aplomb. While I understand that every child has its own pace to grow, and I am not very much concerned to hit every milestone right on time, but it is a matter of contentment when I see you grow and learn new things at your own pace.

Crawling: You started crawling this month!! and mom’s life has changed..lol. While you have started showing symptoms of crawling from 6th month onwards and were commando crawling whenever you got opportunity, this was the month when you finally crawled. And I was there to witness it. I have recorded it as well. Pat on my back.  How happy and proud I was to see my little baby crawling and making grumpy noises at the same time as if you have placed all your energies to crawl and were motivating yourself with pep talk. Now this mamma is on her toes literally all the time. You have crawled on all fours and have toured the whole house nibbling on slippers along the way.

First Word: You said your first word. On 25th Feb. It was ‘Nana’. I was so elated. Then you graduated to ‘dada’, ‘data’, ‘tata’ etc. but no ‘papa’ or ‘mama’. so much for teaching you how to say ‘Mama’, huh.:) There was a time when you were on a roll and uttering all you had in your vocabulary non-stop. And then you stop. I am waiting for you to talk again. Waiting to hear you say ‘Mama’ .

Clapping: Just one random day, you started clapping your hands by yourself. Now sometimes when you wake up, you sit and clap your hands or just like that you clap your hands because you are happy. ala Pharrell Williams.

Standing with support: When I am lying down beside you, you stand leaning on me. I give you my hands and you hold them and tries to stand on your feet. Given any standing object lying next to you, you try to take its support and stand on your feet. The view from standing up must be great, as how you scan all around after standing. Now you, my little daredevil have learnt one more thing which is, you leave your hand from your support and try to balance on your own to stand independently. Ofcourse, you fall each time but you keep doing it. I am amazed at your perseverence and independent streak and wish that you keep it up.

Smile at strangers: You have been doing this since you were little. But now, before smiling you scan the face of the stranger with your bold stare for long and if you like it and they smile at you, you give them your brightest smile. Have I told you yet that you have the brightest, cutest and loveliest smile in the whole world. Your mouth opens up to a toothless grin and your eyes cringe with happiness that light up the room and my whole world.

Put everything in your mouth: Slippers, shoes, my toes, our toes, blanket, clothes labels, toys, books, your own fingers,bottles, my hair. Enough said.

There is one more thing that you have been doing lately. Sometimes, when you lie on me or trying to stand taking my support, you pause and lay your head sideways on my stomach, shoulder or whatever surface you have access to, for a second or two with your eyes open. It lasts at most for 5 seconds but it is so precious. I can’t describe it in words. I wish I can capture that moment. To me, it feels like I am your shade where you are resting and keeping your guard down. Remember my baby, your mamma is always there for you.

Now a secret. I have not told this to anybody. Not even to your father. These days I see a little dimple on your right cheek when you laugh. And I am secretly happy that you are going to have dimples on your cheek. I don’t know if people are born with dimples or they grow at a later stage, but whatever, you have a little dimple right now.

So dear baby, I promise to write more to you, about you. You have been the best thing happened to me. I am not the perfect mother, God knows that but to me, you are perfect. ‘And I thank you life for giving me this opportunity’.  I copied this heartwarming message from Rafael Nadal’s (you mama’s favourite) winning speech from Wimbledon’2017 but the message conveys my emotions best. Thank you Life for this opportunity to be your mother.

love you,

Your mamma

Photo credit: Picture copied from http://www.footfiles.com/health/childrens-foot-care/article/how-to-keep-your-babys-feet-warm-what-parents-should-know

A step forward

I used to blog at blogger many moons back but had not written anything for the past year or so. So Today when I decided to get active on my social media platforms especially blog, after umpteen attempts to break in, I realised that I don’t remember my password of blogger.  I initially thought to revive my password and the blog so that the river of my thoughts continues in a seamless manner but then I said to myself “you are on a new journey, to write about new experiences and memories of motherhood. This is a chance to start anew from a clean slate.” (Side note: actually reviving password seemed too much a hassle)

So here I am. Making my debut on WordPress.

Don’t Ask if blogger is better or WordPress. And of course, this place will be a haven to all my ramblings, memories, dreams and experiences as a new mother.