So you decided on weaning your baby but, what weaning foods
can you give? Here is a list of baby first foods and fun recipes for
First Food for Weaning
Here’s a list of fruit, veggies and other foods that can be given as first foods for weaning.
Remember to introduce these weaning foods slowly, one by one, starting with more familiar ones and ending with the more “exotic" ones, if your baby doesn’t want a certain food, give it a few days and try it again.
A great tip for fruit that’s slippery like banana, is to roll them in sugar free crushed cereal or wheat germ.
You can also cut them with a crinkle cutter to make it easier to hold.
I have read so many articles on baby led weaning and loved the idea but, what to prepare?
So here are some recipes for weaning meals for babies.
Sweet Potato Ravioli
½ cup semolina flower
½ cup all purpose flower
1/3 cup warm water
1 sweet potato
tbsp olive oil
Pinch of ground ginger (optional)
Peel, cook and mash sweet potato and add
ginger. Mix dry ingredients. In a mixer set on low, start adding water
and oil slowly to dry ingredients. Mix until it forms a ball. If mix is
still dry add more water. Roll out the dough thin on a flowered surface.
Cut into squares or press out circles with a cookie cutter. Scoop some
sweet potato onto one of the cut pieces of dough. Cover it with another
piece and press around the sweet potato with fingers. Decorate edge with
a fork. Place ravioli’s, a few at a time in a saucepan with water;
ravioli will float to the top when done. Let ravioli cool, can be served
with tomato sauce.
Mash together the avocado, fish and yoke.
Spread on one side of bread, fold and cut into squats or spread onto
tortilla, roll and cut into manageable pieces.
Creamy sweet potato
2 tbsp cottage cheese
1 medium sweet potato
1 tbsp crushed pineapple drained
Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
Wrap sweet potato in foil and bake till tender.
Let cool completely. Slice crosswise into 1
½ inch wedges.
Turn skin side down and scoop out a hollow in the middle. You can mash
up the sweet potato. You scoop out and use it for something else. Mix
the cottage cheese and pineapple and scoop into the hollows. Sprinkle
some cinnamon over and serve as desert.
Cut out the core of the apple halves and
scoop out some of the flesh to make a hollow. Chop up the apple flesh
and mix with the sweet potato, cinnamon and butter. Place on a baking
tray and bake for +/- 30 min at 170 deg C (350 deg F)Cool and serve.
Broccoli and cheese muffins
6 cooked broccoli florets cooked
6 cherry tomatoes shopped
2 cups self raising flower
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
¾ cup milk (breast milk or formula)
3 tbsp olive oil
1 egg beaten
Pre-heat oven to 180 deg C (375 deg F)Mix broccoli, cheese and
flower. Add oil, milk and tomato mix well. Grease muffin pan and scoop
mixture in. Bake until golden brown (25-35 min)
Cut peel and cut sweet potato into cubes. Steam or cook the cubes till tender. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Cool and serve.
Bean and carrot cakes
½ cup cooked carrots
1 cup white beans massed
1 garlic clove crushed
4 tbsp flower
Mix flower, carrots, beans and garlic. Form little patties with hands. Fry in olive oil till golden brown.
Hope all the mommies enjoy these homemade baby
food recipes and ideas for weaning foods, feel free to share your
favorite recipes as a comment. For more information on how to wean and
weaning tips go look at the
article on baby led weaning.