As a new mom, I get very excited about each and every milestones that my baby reaches. When he smiles, giggles, squeals, bangs things together and make cooing sounds and now he’s saying ‘baba’ and ‘booba’ and sitting up. These are very special moments that melts your heart. The moments like these makes you realize how blessed I’m to have my baby and become a mother.
There are times when things are tough and are very overwhelming not knowing why my baby is crying, sleepless nights and adjusting your life around your baby’s routine.
The times like when my baby had eczema and/or first cold, my heart just broke and ached so bad seeing him in pain and I couldn’t do anything to ease it. But you always find that inner strength and confidence being a mother.
When my baby first started solids, I was very excited as it such a big milestone. I was over zealous about him getting to explore and taste different fruits, veggie and meat. I was so looking forward to giving is as many varieties of food and making him discover new taste sensations.
Oh my, how naive was I. I didn’t know babies loves their routine and anything that messes up with it will face a huge challenge.
It was especially challenging for my baby due to suspected (yet to be proven) food allergy.
I had to be cautious with what I was introducing. It has to be one at a time and tiny portions like a touch and a speck to start with when introducing high allergic food like wheat, dairy, eggs, fish and nuts. So far my baby didn’t respond well to dairy and wheat. He’s good with eggs. Now we have to try fish and nuts.
Due to this hubby and I are very concerned with the iron level as we are restricted on choices of varieties of food that he can eat. Also he’s a choosy eater and he doesn’t seem to be very fond of bananas, avocados, pea purée, chicken or eggs that we have tried. But we are trying to prepare it in a best way possible so he will eat it.
There’s so much information out there on giving solids to baby that sometimes I feel inundated and confused.
I make all his meals at home with fresh ingredients twice a week. I try and include Veggies that are high in iron. He loves broccoli and spinach so I add these with base veggies of carrot, sweet potato and pumpkin.
Here’s his meal planner
Oatmeal with Prune Cereal
Apple purée with 2 tspn of oatmeal cereal or pumpkin purée
I’m going to try and give him chicken purée which I’ve poached and puréed. Because when I introduced chicken, I over steamed it making it too dry. Also I mixed it with pumpkin and puréed it together. The purée was gritty and tasted like cardboard
Here are 2 simple recipes you can at home.
100 gms of sweet potato
50 gms of carrot
50 gms of broccoli florets
Peel a carrot and sweet potato. Wash it in cold water. Chop the veggies in medium size cubes.
Wash broccoli in cold water and break it into bite sized pieces
Put the veggies
in the steamer and steam for 20 minutes.
When cooked, purée the mixture and put about 3 oz in each storing container. Cool the mixture before freezing it.
200 grams butternut pumpkin
100 grams of chicken breast
WaPeel and deseed pumpkin and wash it in cold water. Cut them in small cubes.
Put the pumpkin cubes in a steamer and steam it for 20 minutes.
(Option: Add handful of spinach or peas or broccoli for extra boost of iron.)
When pumpkin is cooked, blend it into a purée. Portion it into a small container and cool it before freezing it.
Fill the pot (with a thick base) with cold water. Put chicken in the pot and turn on the heat. When the water comes to the boil, turn the heat low. Cover the pot and let the chicken poach for 10 minutes in a gentle simmer.
After 10 minutes, remove the pot from the heat and leave the chicken in the pot for 5 mins.
Cut the chicken into small pieces. Put it in the blender and add 150ml of liquid (stock from the pot). Blend it to make fine purée.
Portion chicken purée into small containers and cool it before freezing it. I usually store the mixture for 5-6 days in the freezer.
Mix 2 teaspoon of chicken purée with 100ml of pumpkin purée to make a yummy lunch or dinner for your baby.
I hope your baby will love these recipes as much as my bubba does.