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Feeding - Weaning recipes for babies and toddlers

Making your own baby food is fresh, healthy, delicious, economical and eco friendly, and it's not that time consuming or difficult as you might think! You know that the ingredients are fresh, healthy and without any preservatives. You can choose to use organic ingredients still it will be lot cheaper then ready made baby food. You can "tailor make" your baby's food to best suit his/her preferences and needs. Best of all... making your own baby food is tremendously satisfying.

Here are some tried and tested recipes..



Apple and Pear/Peach Puree: (For babies 6-8 months old)

Ingredients:

1 Apple

1 Ripe Pear/Peach

1/2 cup water

Method:

Peal and chop apple and pear

Boil for 5 mins in half cup water

Cool and blend it to make a puree

You can freeze it in baby food freezing tray to use later.



Mango and Rice Puree: (For babies 6-8 months old)

Ingredients:

2 tbsp freshly cooked jeera rice

2 tbsp mango (ripe and sweet, cut in to pieces)

Method:

Put both the ingredients in the blender and make a smooth puree and you are done!



Mix Vegetable Puree: (For babies 6-8 month old)

Ingredients:

1 carrot (washed, peeled and cut in to small pieces)

1 potato (washed, peeled and cut in to small pieces)

3 small flower of broccoli/cauliflower (washed and cut in to small pieces)

3 tbsp cup fresh/frozen green peas (washed)

5 leaves of Spinach (washed and cut)

1 tbsp oil (pref. olive or peanut)

1 garlic clove (finely chopped)

1/4 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 a pinch salt (optional)

1/2 cup water

Method:

Heat oil, add cumin seeds and let it splutter, add garlic and fry till golden brown, add vegetables and fry for 2 mins, add water and salt, cover and let it cook till it becomes soft and mushy. Once done let it cool and blend it to make a puree.



Mix Vegetable Kichdee/Lentil and veg porridge- (For babies above 6 months old)

Ingredients:

3 tbsp rice (washed and soak in water for 1/2 hour)

2 tbsp moong dal (washed and soak in water for 1/2 hour)

2 tbsp carrot pieces (washed, peeled and cut in to small pieces)

1 tbsp potato pieces (washed, peeled and cut in to small pieces)

2 small flowers of broccoli/cauliflower (washed and cut in to small pieces)

2 tbsp cup fresh/frozen green peas (washed)

2 tbsp tomato pieces (washed, peeled and cut in to small pieces)

5 leaves of Spinach (washed and cut)

1 tbsp oil (pref. olive or peanut)

1 garlic clove (finely chopped)

1/4 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 a pinch salt (optional)

1 cup water

Method:

Heat oil, add cumin seeds and let it splutter, add garlic and fry till golden brown, add vegetables and fry for 2 mins, add water, salt, rice and dal let it boil, cover and let it cook till it becomes soft and mushy. Once done let it cool and blend it to make a puree.



Harira/Wheat flour porridge: (For babies above 8 months old)

Ingredients:

2 tbsp Whole wheat flour

1 tbsp Jagerry (shredded) or brown sugar

1 tsp Ghee/butter

1 cup Milk

Method:

In a non-stick pan roast wheat flour in ghee for 2 mins stirring continuously, add milk and sugar and cook for another 5 mins stirring continuously till it becomes gooey.



Harees/Bulgar wheat porridge: (For babies above 9 months old)

Ingredients:

2 tbsp Bulgar Wheat (soak in water for minimum 2 hrs)

2 tbsp Meat or Chicken pieces (clean, wash and make very small pcs)

1 tbsp oil (pref. olive or peanut)

1 tsp Onion (thinly sliced)

1/4 tsp Ginger Garlic paste

1/4 tsp Cumin seeds

3 whole Back-peppers

1/2 Bay leaf

pinch of Salt

1 cup Water

Method:

Heat oil, add cumin seeds and let it splutter, add onion, black pepper, bay leaf and fry till golden brown, add ginger garlic paste and fry for 1 min, add chicken/meat and fry for 1 min, add water and salt and let it boil, cover and let it cook till it becomes soft and mushy (pressure cooker gives best results). Once done let it cool and feed.



Finger foods (boiled fruits and vegetables) Form 8 months onward baby led weaning.

Small pieces of peeled boiled and cooled Apple, Carrot, Sweet potato, Potato, Broccoli, Peas.

Small pieces of peeled ripe Pear, Peach, Banana, Chickoo, Papaya, Mango.



Tips:

Giving baby a few spoons of warm water with/after food ( boiled and cooled to warm) it will with help with digestion and baby won't get constipated.


Grains and pulses (like kichdee/porridge) should be given warm, cold food can be hard to digest and can make baby's tummy upset.

Start with home made rice porridge (thin consistency), then add other food one at a time so you will know what food suit or doesn't suit your baby.


Never give just purees after they are 8/9 months old or they will gag on normal food even when they are older. You can start with adding small soft lumps of food in their puree then proceed to soft finger foods.


Starting non-veg food (Meat/Chicken) after baby is 9 months old is good.


Babies are just tiny humans and they do need balanced diet which includes salt and sugar but keep it to minimum.(this is what I do, please do your research and make your own decision) http://blogs.babycenter.com/life_and_home/salt-wont-hurt-your-baby/


Never forget to clean your babies gums/teeth with clean washcloth or baby brush after feeding.


Happy Weaning :)





Toilet Training:

Most children are ready for potty training when they are between 18 and 30 months old. Mastering potty training will take quite some time but with your encouragement, guidance and patience they will learn to master this very important skill. 

 

Tips:

-While you are potty training its important not to put them in training pants because with training pants on children don't get uncomfortable or dont realise when they are wet, and that it prolongs potty training.

-Simply remove their nappy in morning and let them be in loose pajamas for the whole day.

-Explain them that you are removing the nappy so they need to tell you if they feel like going to toilet otherwise their pyjamas will get wet and dirty.

-Make them feel they are big boys/girls and explain about good hygiene habits like washing hands, brushing teeth, being clean etc. from early on.

-When they use potty praise them for doing that. Tell him he's doing well, and that you're proud of him.

-Dont forget to take them to toilet every hour initially then increase it to two hrs etc.

-Be prepared for few accidents initially but in few weeks they will get used to it and accidents will reduce and eventually stop..

-In case of an accident calmly clean up and remind them to ask for help or go to potty next time.

-Once they are potty trained for couple of weeks you can take their nappy off during night time too but dont forget to use bed pads because accidents do happen for quite some time.

Important - Do not bribe, do not pressurise, do not get angry. 
 



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