- Rice cereal is a great first food, as it is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction and is fortified with iron.
- It is also fine to offer fruit, vegetable, or sweet potatoe puree first.
- Babies are born with a preference for sweets and the order of introducing foods does not change this.
- There is no evidence that your baby will develop a dislike for vegetables if fruit is given first.
- The aim is for babies to enjoy their first foods and not be as likely to reject solids.
● Choose fish low mercury
● Try to choose ‘white flesh’ fish
● Ensure the fish is fully deboned
● If tinned, choose fish in oil or spring water as brine has a higher salt content
Daily Milk in Ozs
Feeds per Day
|4||28 to 32||4 to 6|
|5||28 to 32||4 to 6|
|6||28 to 32||3 to 5|
|7||20 to 32||3 to 4|
|8||20 to 32||3 to 4|
|9||20 to 32||3 to 4|
|10||18 to 30||3 to 4|
|11||18 to 30||3 to 4|
|12||18 to 30||3 to 4|
* Milk guidelines include:
● Breastmilk and / or Formula used in milk feeds
● Breastmilk and / or Formula used in cereal
● Yogurt and pasteurized cheese in meals
Preparing Baby Food
Home cooked baby food
- Making baby food is healthy and economical.
- You can prepare food for your baby using your current kitchen equipment.
- The Beaba babycook works as a steamer, blender, warmer and defroster.
- You can prepare fresh, healthy meals for your baby in 15 minutes.
Commercial baby food
- There are many choices available for healthy store-bought baby food.
- Try to buy organic.
- Avoid unnecessary sugar, salt and preservatives.
Storing Baby Food
Standard ice cube tray
- Use BPA free standard Ice cube trays with lids.
- 1 cube equals 1 oz.
- Make excellent storage for smaller quantities of food.
- Each pod holds 2 oz of food Purée.
Kinderville Bigger Bites Storage Jars
- Makes excellent storage for larger quantities of food.
- Each jar holds 10 oz of solids / liquids.
- Refrigerating and freezing
- Seal properly for storage.
- Store up to 3 days in the fridge.
- Store up to 3 months in the freezer.
- Use sealed plastic bags or containers with lids.
- Always label and date food and milk stored in both the fridge and freezer.
Heating Baby Food
- Defrost frozen food in the fridge overnight.
- If you need to use frozen food that day, defrost at room temperature.
- Put defrosted food in the fridge until it is needed.
- Remove defrosted food from the fridge 15 to 30 minutes before serving.
- Do not let baby food sit out on a countertop for more than 1 hour or 30 mins in hot weather.
- Do not refreeze food that has been previously frozen.
Warming up food
- Reheat the amount of food needed for that feed.
- Discard any leftovers from the feed.
- Do NOT reheat food more than once.
- The best way to reheat Purées is in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Microwave ovens are not recommended because they can cause hot spots in food which can burn baby’s mouth.
- Always check the temperature of food before feeding your baby.