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10 yummy organic baby food ideas that are easy to make

So, you’ve survived the first few months. Your baby has put on weight, smiles when you look at her and doesn’t seem too traumatised after a bath. You’ve worked out which nappies work for you, how to manipulate her into her clothing and sleep…well, that’s a work in progress! You’re improving at this baby looking after thing, and then, just as you think you’ve got it all down pat, they start to talk about solids! Oh no! When are you ever going to find the time to fit making yummy, organic baby food into your increasingly busy schedule? 

 

What do baby’s eat anyway? And how much? And when?

 

When should you introduce solids?

 

I can remember panicking when my firstborn had to start eating solids.  With so much differing information on what’s best and when it’s a bit of a minefield. I’m sure my mother didn’t go through this!

 

According to the Australian Government Department of Health, solids should be introduced to a child between the ages of four months and six months. As a guideline, they like your baby to be able to sit and control her head and neck with limited support and should be showing an interest in eating.

 

Yummy first foods

 

The first foods your baby will try should be smooth fruit and vegetables. At first, your baby will probably take a tiny amount off a spoon, move it around her mouth and then spit it out. That’s fine. She’s getting used to taste and texture. As she gets used to the food she will start to swallow some.  A baby that is just starting to eat solids will only eat a small amount. I used to cook the food, puree it and then freeze it in ice cube trays. Once frozen, I’d pop the food out into a storage bag and leave it in the freezer until needed.

 

Make cooking first food easy

 

Whilst it can seem like a big task to a tired mum to add in cooking food for a baby, it is surprising how easy it is as a small amount goes a long way. One or two ice cubes of food will fill a baby up and as they get more hungry and more used to eating, you just need to defrost an extra ice cube or two.

 

It’s advised that during the first year your baby continues to drink breast milk or formula. One idea is to feed your baby solids first and then let them fill up with milk.

 

Cooking organic solids

 

So, what to make?

 

Wanting the best for your baby is only normal. Offering your child organic, pesticide-free produce is a great way to start their food journey. You’ll be able to get organic fruit and vegies from your local farmers market. Speers Point has a fantastic farmers market one every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Alternatively, you can purchase organic vegies and fruit from your local supermarket or fruit and veg shop.

 

Best veggies for baby

 

Here are some of my daughter’s first food favourites that you can try. Each of them can be divided, once pureed, into ice cube trays, frozen and then stored in your freezer until needed.  

 

Pear

  • Peel the pear and remove the core and stalk.
  • Cut the pear into quarters and then steam until a fork goes through easily. 
  • Allow cooling.
  • Using a stick blender puree.   

 

Sweet Potato

  • Peel the sweet potato.
  • Cut into 3-centimetre cubes and steam until soft.
  • Puree with a stick blender until there are no lumps.

 

Zucchini

  • Remove the ends from the zucchini.
  • Slice into 2cm rounds and then place in your steamer.
  • Cook until soft and then puree with a stick blender.

 

Capsicum

  • Place one whole capsicum onto a baking tray and into a hot oven (220C fan-forced)
  • Allow to cook until skin has blackened.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  • Remove the skin, stalk and any seeds.
  • Puree the flesh of the capsicum.
  • If the taste is a little too strong I used to mix this with cooked cauliflower.

 

Cauliflower

  • Cut the cauliflower into florets.
  • Place the florets into your steamer and cook until soft. 
  • Using a stick blender puree until there are no lumps.

 

Apple

  • Peel and remove the core of the apple.
  • Cut into quarters and place in the steamer.
  • Cook until soft.
  • Using a stick blender puree.

 

Carrots

  • Peel the carrot and remove both ends.
  • Cut the carrot into 2cm rounds and place in the steamer until soft.
  • Using a stick blender puree.

 

Sugar Snap Peas

  • Remove both ends of the pea.
  • Place in a steamer and cook until soft.
  • Puree using a stick blender. 
  • I used to mix this with pureed spinach.

 

Spinach or Silverbeet

  • Remove the stalk from the silverbeet.
  • Steam until soft and then puree using a stick blender.

 

Pumpkin

  • Peel the pumpkin and remove any seeds.
  • Cut into 4 cm chunks.
  • Steam until soft.
  • Puree using a stick blender.

 

One thing I learnt early on is that it doesn’t matter which vegetables or fruit your baby eats, or how much. Keep mealtime fun and let them explore texture and taste. Their tastes will change all through their childhood, just like yours did. My daughters now eat all vegetables, even Brussel Sprouts so anything is possible.

 

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