First time moms are always excited to see their babies eat real food. But from experience, the transition from pure milk to real food is not that easy and requires a lot of patience. While we are eager to make them try our Filipino specialties like nilagang baka or tinolang manok, their tummies might not be ready for that yet. I have these simple steps that I want to share based on my personal experience with Datu.
He is now on his 5th month and in a few weeks we can start giving him his 1st solid food. So, what’s on the menu? I started planning Datu’s menu a month ago. I researched on what to give him—vegetables, fruits and other baby-friendly food. I asked other moms and consulted with our pediatrician. This is the stage where parents can discover food allergies, so, I suggest that first time moms document their child’s food intake.
Home made baby food is not just friendly on the pocket, but it also makes our babies healthier. It’s easy to make homemade baby food—you only need an ice cube tray, the handy Ainon baby food maker and your cooked or fresh ingredients.
Prepare a menu for the week, transitioning to a new ingredient every week. This will give your baby enough time to become familiar with the new food that he’s being introduced to. Plus, you can observe any allergic reactions.
For the first week, peel, slice and boil a medium sized sayote. Once the sayote is cooked, put it in the food processor with a little water, just enough to have a saucy consistency. Transfer the pureed sayote to the ice cube tray, which allows you to portion the food without wasting the entire batch. If properly stored, the baby food can be in the freezer for a month. When you thaw the frozen baby food, you will notice that it tends to be a little dry, just add breast milk instead of formula or regular milk, just so there’s a familiar taste to the food.
At the start, feed your baby solid food once a day—we tried feeding Datu during lunch time. On the second week, try feeding him twice a day—breakfast and lunch. If he likes eating, gradually increase his feeding in the following weeks.
Other vegetables that can be prepared in the same way are carrots, squash and potatoes. You can also introduce fruits like apples. Now, apples can be tricky since they have a tendency to change color once peeled. You don’t have to cook or boil apples since babies, like my son, enjoy the sweet crunch of apples. You can just crush the apples using a fork and add a little milk. Easy on the fruits though, they tend to give our babies a huge craving for sweets and they can easily develop a sweet tooth.
Hope you and your baby have a great time discovering different kinds of food.