Baby's First Solids

Baby's first solids must be of a single ingredient, cooked and then pureed to a fine and smooth consistency. Choose mild tasting foods such as baby rice cereal to begin with as it is easy for young tummies to digest rice cereals and if using fruits, choose only the best healthy looking ripe ones.

Its always a good idea to start with first solids baby food like baby rice cereal or carrot puree and then carefully introduce a wide range of other foods one at a time remembering to wait 3 to 4 days between each new food.

The recipes that I have here like all my other recipes where tried and tasted by my two little girls and they both loved them! I hope your little one enjoys them too!

Note: The information on this page is for inspirational and educational purposes only, please contact your pediatrician or medical professional before introducing solids to your baby.

Babys First Solids - Single Grains First

Baby rice cereal was my first choice, simply because its a single grain cereal and also because its very unlikely to cause any allergies. Baby rice cereal is also fortified with iron which baby really needs as his iron stores get depleted from around 4 to 6 months of age. I introduced my little ones to baby rice between the ages 4 and a 1/2 months to 6 months.

Preperation:

Mix a tablespoon of baby rice cereal with some cooled boiled water or breast milk to a rather runny consistency as baby is only used to liquids at this stage. Feed baby about two teaspoons to start with and then increase amount according to demand. Gradually thicken consistency from runny to a light smooth puree like consistency.

Tip: After baby rice cereal you may also like to try introducing baby to other single grain cereals suitable for your babys age, cereals that are for example made from oats or barley are good.

From baby cereals, I slowly introduced my littles one to the ABC and then after that we tried a wide range of other fruits and vegetables.

Babys First Solids - From Cereal To ABC

A - Apple Puree from 6 months

Apples make a great starter food. The are a great source of vitamin C and dietary fibers.

Preparation: peel, core and chop 1 red apple Steam or boil the apple pieces using very little water until cooked and tender. Reserve any cooking liquid.Puree apple to a smooth consistecny using the the reserved cooking liquid to adjust the purees consistancy to suit your baby.

B - Broccoli Puree from 6 months

Broccoli is a great soure of calcium, protein, iron , vitamin A and dietary fiber. Cut an amount of broccoli into small florets and steam or boil (in as little water as possible if boiling) for about 7 minutes or until cooked and tender. Puree broccoli to a nice and smooth consistency. Use a of bit cooled boiled water or breastmilk to lighten consistency if you think its too thick for your little one to swallow. C - Carrot Puree from 6 months

Carrots are rich in vitamin A which is essential for good eye sight. They have a slightly sweet mild taste that babies easly like.

Ingredients:
  • 350g carrots (3 medium carrots)
  • 2 cups water
Preparation
  1. Wash and peel the carrots.
  2. Chop them up and steam or boil them in a bit of water until soft.
  3. Puree the carrots until nice and smooth.
  4. To adjust puree consistency to suit your baby, add a bit of cooled boiled water or breast milk.
Hope you have fun making your baby's first solid food!