When your baby is brand new to solids, simple purees, or single ingredients are best.  If baby is digesting well without any sign of reaction or irritation you can begin to get more creative with your combinations.    

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Purees are a lovely way to introduce nutritionally rich ingredients to baby and are equally as wonderful as finger foods.  You can certainly enjoy both purees and a baby-led approach without having to choose one over the other.

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If baby led eating feels right for your family please follow the important guidelines for appropriate size, shape, and texture of baby’s first finger foods.  If purees are the name of your game, use the following guideline to getting started:

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Ensure smooth consistency – initially babies suck purees without chewing, just like they’ve done so with breast or bottle.  Be sure your puree is very smooth.  Once baby has experience with chewing and navigating food safely in their mouth, you can begin to offer chunkier, lumpier food.  It is best to allow baby to learn the skill of chewing (through finger foods) before progressively adjusting the texture of purees.

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Incorporate one method at a time – learning to eat is a brand new skill for babies and they can easily become overwhelmed by the experience.  At the very beginning, it is ideal to separate finger foods from purees during meals.  As baby evolves you can adjust this in any way that suits your family.

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Respect cues – babies know when they are hungry or full, just like we do.  When baby turns their head away or shows you they are finished, it is important to respect these cues.  Baby is boss of their tummy!  ‘One more bite’ can create frustration for baby, or physical consequences from overfilling a digestive system that is just learning to process solids.

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Let exploration be the heart of mealtime.  

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Basic Guidelines for Recipes

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* The following age recommendations are a loose guideline only.  For more framework for starting solids, please   visit Holistic Food Introductions eBook Collection.

* For an easy upgrade or to thin out any puree as needed, try breastmilk, steam water, traditionally made bone broth, or baby friendly herbal tea.

* Squash or root vegetables recipes may be watery after defrosting so make a slightly thicker puree for freezing.

* Purees should resemble the consistency of a thick, smooth soup.

* You’ll notice the inclusion of a healthy fat in each recipe – fats increase the nutritional absorption of vitamins and minerals from food, while also providing the ideal nutrition for brain and nervous system development.  You may substitute with grass-fed butter or ghee if you prefer.

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Bare Naked Butternut 6+ months

  • 1 cup roasted butternut squash
  • ½ banana
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • Puree all ingredients.
  • Thin out as desired;
  • Breastmilk, bone broth, or water.

 

Rainbow Bright 6+ months

  • 2 apples or pears – peeled
  • 2 carrots – chopped
  • 1 cup dark leafy greens – kale or chard
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • Steam carrots and fruit 10 minutes with carrot on bottom.
  • Add leafy greens, steam 5 minutes more.
  • Puree all ingredients with ½ cup steam water to desired consistency.

 

Lentil Love 7+ months

  • 1 sweet potato – peeled
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 apple
  • ½ cup cooked lentils – optional
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • Steam sweet potato 10 minutes.
  • Add pepper and apple, steam 10 minutes more.
  • Puree all ingredients until smooth.
  • Thin out as desired.

 

Happy Carrots 8+ months

  • 2 apples
  • 4 carrots – chopped
  • 2 TBSP cooked quinoa – optional (here’s why)
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • Steam carrots and apple 10 minutes.
  • Puree all ingredients until smooth.
  • Thin out as desired.

 

Baby’s First Smoothie 6+ month

  • 1 small ripe banana
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 cooked egg yolk – optional
  • ½ tsp coconut oil
  • ½ – 1 cup liquid

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Create a very thin smoothie to begin with so baby’s tummy does not get overwhelmed by too much at once.  Simply thin out smoothie with liquid of choice to your desired consistency.  I love offering smoothies in a glass baby bottle – cut the nipple to appropriate size.

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Holistic Food Introductions eBook Collection

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Bone Broth for Baby

Baby-Led vs Purees

Against the Grain; Rice Cereal for Babies

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