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Monday, September 2, 2013

Papaya Puree


  • 1 ripe papaya, peeled


  • Peel and deseed the papaya and mash to a purée with a fork. 
  • To give variety, add baby rice or mix with mashed banana. 

Carrot Puree


  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced


  • Steam the vegetable until tender.
  • Purée in a blender and adjust the texture with boiled cooled water or your baby's usual milk. 

Banana Puree


  • 1 small ripe banana
  • 1-2 tsps of baby rice
  • 2 tbsps of breastmilk or formula


  • Mash the banana well until smooth. Mix the rice and milk, and stir into the banana. 
  • Adjust the texture with milk or rice to make a runnier or firmer purée. 

Baby Menu Sample for Babies 8-12 Months of Age

Early Morning Awakening 
  •  Breast Milk and/or Formula
  • Breast Milk and/or Formula first.
  • Infant Cereal - 1 food cube or 1-2 tablespoons
  • Fruit or Vegetable - 2 or 3 food cubes or 4-6 tablespoons total
  • Dairy (Optional) - Yogurt - 1 or 2 food cube sized portions (or about 2 tablespoons) 
  • Breast Milk and/or Formula first.
  • Infant Cereal or Other Grain - (Optional) (i.e. pasta, rice) - 1 or 2 food cubes or 2-4 tablespoons
  • Meat/Meat-Protein Alternate - (Optional) 1 or 2 food cubes or 2-4 tablespoons
  • Fruit or Vegetable - 2 or 3 food cubes or 4-6 tablespoons total of each or you can mix the cubes together with the Grain 
  • Example: Rice mixed with Peas served with Pear Sauce on the side
  • Dairy (Optional) - Yogurt or Cheeses
*A Lunch of Fruits, Veggies and a Protein without grains is an option. A Lunch of a Grain with Fruits and Veggies without a protein is also an option.

  • Breast Milk and/or Formula first.
  • Grain (Optional) (i.e. pasta, rice) - 1 or 2 food cubes
  • Meat/Meat Alternate - (Optional) - 1 food cube
  • Fruit and/or Vegetable - 2 or 3 food cubes of each or mix the cubes together
  • Example: Tofu mixed with Avocado served with Applesauce & Blueberries on he side
  • Dairy - Yogurt or Cheeses (Optional)
 Notes: 3 Meals a Day? Keep in mind that even at this age group, many infants are still not ready to eat 3 "meals" per day until well into the 9-10 month range.
Please keep in mind that many infants do not begin solids until 6 months of age and not all babies will be eating the same amounts or food items.
There are many infants who may eat 4-6 ounces of food per day at 6 or 7 months old while others who are just starting solids will be within the 1-2 ounce range.
You should follow the menu ideas in keeping with your infant's development and eating habits as well as your pediatrician's advice.

Healthy Eating Habits for Babies

Introducing solid food begins when your baby is about 6 months old. Solid food is, at first, an add-on to the main source of nutrition, breast milk or infant formula. Until your baby is 12 months old, solid food remains a secondary source of nutrition. If you don’t know much about healthy eating,don’t worry. You have about 6 months to begin learning. There is no better way to learn what’s healthy than to make baby food at home.

    Teaching your child healthy eating habits will have lifetime benefits. There is no better time to start than with the first bites of solid foods. Having healthy eating habits does not mean dieting. Unless your baby’s diet is being watched by a healthcare provider, you do not need to count calories or choose low-fat or non-fat foods. It is really quite simple to form healthy eating habits. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Be a good role model. Babies learn through watching you and others around them. Be a positive force for your baby by eating healthy foods,such as fruits and vegetables. Remember, your baby will respond to what you like.
  • Don’t give up. Babies’ tastes change daily. The fact that your baby spits out peas one day does not mean he doesn’t like them. Unless he has shown signs of an allergic reaction, try the food again in a couple days-you may be pleasantly surprised.
  • Offer variety. All foods contain different vitamins and nutrients. Eating many types of foods will lead to a balanced diet. When your baby first starts eating, the amount is not as important as the variety.
  • Encourage drinking water. Water helps the body digest foods. As your baby is introduced to solid food, the need for water is greater. At about 8 or 9 months old, offer your baby 2 to 3 ounces of water at each meal.
  • Don’t be in a rush. Many babies are slow eaters. At the beginning feeding time may go REALLY slowly. Allow plenty of time for meals so you and your baby can relax and enjoy your time.
  • Never force babies to eat or to finish all their food. Your baby will eat when she is hungry. And she will eat the types of foods her body needs most. During meals allow her to eat as much or as little as she wants.
  • Avoid distractions. Make mealtimes a family event. The whole family should eat together any time you can. This will help your baby learn to interact with others at mealtime and to begin developing social skills.
  • Be positive about vegetables and fruits. Let your baby know what he is eating when you are feeding him. Talk about the vitamins he is getting and about how important they are for growing bigger and stronger.

Best Sources of Nutrients

Nutrient  Best Sources
Protein  Chicken, Dairy products, Dry beans, Eggs, Fish, Meat, Nuts
Carbohydrates  Bread, Dry beans, Pasta, Potatoes, Rice
Fat  Avocados, Butter, Cheese, Cream cheese, Egg yolks, Nuts
Vitamin A  Apricots, Broccoli, Carrots, Cheese, Fish, Mangos, Spinach, Sweet potatoes
Vitamin B6  Avacodo, Bananas, Chicken, Dry beans, Eggs, Liver, Meat, Nuts, Potatoes
Vitamin B12  Cheese, Chicken, Eggs, Liver, Meat, Milk
Other B Complex
Avocados, Broccoli, Dry beans, Liver, Nuts, Sunflower seeds
Vitamin C  Broccoli, Cauliflower, Citrus fruits, Kiwi, Papaya, Strawberries, Tomatoes
Vitamin D  15 minutes of sunshine per day, Eggs, Fish, Milk
Vitamin E  Dry beans, Nuts, Vegetable oil, Whole grain bread
Vitamin K  Broccoli, Cauliflower, Egg yolks, Liver, Peas, Tomatoes
Iron  Avocados, Broccoli, Chicken, Dry beans, Meat, Spinach
Calcium  Broccoli, Cheese, Eggs, Fish, Sesame seeds, Yogurt
Potassium  Avocados, Bananas, Potatoes, Raisins, Squash
Zinc  Asparagus, Cheese, Fish, Mangos, Meat, Nuts, Peas, Spinach

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


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As being a mother to 1.5 yr old baby I started this blog to share my experience on feeding my baby a variety of food in his different stages.
I just want to share my own recipes that I prepared for my baby which he loves a alot.
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