Stage 1 Food for Babies
MAKE ‘EATING’ A JOYFUL EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR BABY- STAGE 1 FOOD
Preparing baby food, especially stage 1 food, is convenient and quick at home.
Since this is the first time your baby is consuming something other than breast milk, you should make it a joyful experience for your baby. Try different varieties of cereals, fruits, and vegetables, keeping a gap of 4 days before introducing something new to keep a tab on any allergic reaction.
Stage 1 foods are runny and thin purees of cereals, fruits or vegetables. Fruits like banana and apple make great stage 1 food as they are less allergic. Babies love fruit purees because of their sweet taste. Read our blog ‘Healthy Banana Puree Recipe for Infants’ for the banana puree recipe.
You can start giving vegetable purees once your baby is accustomed to fruits and cereals. Veggies like carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, green beans, bottle gourd (lauki) and pumpkins can be introduced to baby’s diet.
CARROT PUREE- THE FOOD YOUR BABY WILL LOVE INSTANTLY
Usually, vegetable purees are slightly bitter to taste. Carrots are a good way to introduce your child to vegetables as they have a sweet taste to it. They are easy to digest, high in beta carotene and come packed with nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Calcium.
Step 1: Rinse the carrots. Peel off the skin and cut the greens away.
Step 2: Dice into cubes or slices.
Step 3: Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat and cook the carrots for three minutes
Step 4: Blend the cooked dices/slices to a fine puree until you get a fine and runny texture. You can add water if required.
With these quick steps, the carrot puree is ready to be served.
IS YOUR BABY NOT EATING MUCH?
Don’t worry. It’s quite natural.
Baby may not eat much at first. She may spit it out or turn her head. You shouldn’t force the food into her mouth as she may dread feeding sessions from then on. You should give all the support and time for her to get adjusted. Indulge her in activities which she enjoys, like singing to her, talking to her, giving her favorite toy to play, which makes her associate eating to a leisure time. Always follow her lead. Feed as much as she is able to eat comfortably, as she can always get her nutrients from your milk.