Being a parent is as hard as it is rewarding. Everything revolves around choices: what to dress your baby in, which toys to buy, how to teach them skills, and, most importantly, what to feed them, so they are well-nourished. If you are tired of spending a lot and browsing for baby foods in the store, check out these recipes that are easy to make and baby-approved.
Sweet Potato, Apple and Cinnamon
When making baby food, try to stick to purchasing organic foods, as well as mixing up delicious combinations that your baby can easily swallow. Take this recipe, which features apples, cinnamon, water, and sweet potato. Sounds good, right? Simply steam the apple, microwave the sweet potato until it is soft, scoop it into a blender, and then add the apple, cinnamon, and water. Mix until it is one uniform mixture.
Carrot and Ginger Baby Food Puree
Babies four months and up will gobble up this puree. Simply cut and steam carrots, and then add ginger and water or formula to a blender. Blend until smooth. That is it! It is colorful, vibrant, and simple, making it a winner.
Recipes for Those Who Don’t Know How to Cook
If cooking is not your strong suit, take a look at how to prepare some simple foods for babies 4 to 12 months old. Take frozen peas and stir in a liquid, such as breast milk, formula, or water, to get them unstuck. Mash and mix them before serving. For mangos, either steam firmer ones or mash ripe ones until they are fine to serve to baby. If yours loves bright colors, mix together a small piece of kiwi with pureed banana for a snack they will enjoy.
A New Take on Infant Cereal
Regardless of whether you feed your 4 to 6-month baby rice or oatmeal cereal, mix things up by adding mashed pears, prunes, and peaches.
Mashed banana and avocado mixed with the cereal can also work. Be wary of rice cereal due to traces of arsenic.
Applesauce that is perfect for Baby
Slightly sweet, and packed with fiber and vitamin C, babies love apples. While they cannot eat whole ones yet, try feeding them this baby applesauce. Just wash, core, chop, puree, and mash the apple. Mix in strawberries, peach, pumpkin carrot, or oatmeal for some added dimension.
Avocado, Strawberry and Mango Smoothie
Blend together frozen mangos, strawberries, and the flesh of an avocado to make a smoothie. It is a delightful pink and easy for young ones to swallow. Packed with nutrients and real foods, it is one that parents can feel good about giving to their little ones.
The next time it comes to feeding babies, mix up one of these recipes and make them something they will love!