First Foods

Your baby’s first foods might seem like a nightmare to you. But rest assured you’ll be fine and so will your baby. There’s no certain rule as to how much your baby should be eating, each and every baby is different in their appetite and even likes and dislikes with food. If you listen to your baby’s hunger cues, you should be alright.

From birth to the first two weeks of life, your baby needs a lot of feeds. If you are breast-feeding the milk you are supplying isn’t as concentrated in nutrients the first two weeks as it would be as you are approaching 4 to 6 months. Feeds as your baby is growing actually decrease compared to the first two weeks of life and that is fine.

As you embark on the journey of your baby’s 6th month of life, you start introducing foods. Expect to be giving your baby 1 to 3 meals a day, which would most probably consist of 2-4 tablespoons of a single pureed food.

Here are some option’s (I prefer holding off fruits until the end, and don’t forget to introduce only one food item at a time every 4 days – we need to monitor allergies)

  • squash or zucchini
  • broccoli
  • carrot
  • avocado
  • apple
  • pear
  • peas
  • beets
  • banana

It’s also important to be giving your baby rice cereal, as it contains high amounts of iron which begin to get depleted from your baby’s body as he grows older. Below is a good recipe I have given to many of my new parents, and it has worked well with their babies! Make sure to choose brown rice cereal, as it is not bleached or processed like white rice.

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Home-made Rice Cereal

You don't need to buy pre-packaged rice cereal. It is very easy to make, and better for your baby when you've made it yourself, natural and organic if you want it to be.

Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 8 - 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup short-grain brown rice (it can be organic if you like)

Directions:

Preparation: 
  1. Place the brown rice in a spice grinder and grind for 45 seconds to 1 minute. You want the rice to be finely ground.

Store the rice powder in a sealed container for later use, and store in your refrigerator.

To make 1 serving for a 4 - 6 month old baby:

  1. Boil 1/2 cup of water, add in 2 tablespoons of the ground baby rice.
  2. Whisk the mixture continuously, until the mixture is thick and creamy.
  3. Depending on your baby's age, add breast milk or baby formula to make your rice dish a bit runny.

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