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Old Mar 13th, 2016, 21:02 PM   1
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Homemade baby food ideas + when to start milk


Question 1:

Ok so I'm running out of ideas of concoctions to make dd. I'm pretty strict about organic only when it comes to fruits and veggies, and she's 10 months old and eating soft solids like a champ. So here's what I'm looking for: new recipes that aren't too weird as well as soft food ideas to send to daycare. So far what I have:

Babyfood - my go-to's are:
Squash & apples
Pears & bananas
Apples & bananas
Apples & carrots
Carrots & broccoli
Bananas & oranges
Blueberry, strawberry & bananas
Green beans & apples
Bananas, kiwi, & blackberry/raspberry
Strawberry & banana

And sometimes a mixture of all lol

Snacks:
Yogurt puffs
Rice puffs
Rice teething crackers
Teething biscuits
Bananas
Strawberry


She eats soft solids fine (breads, overcooked veggies, etc), so when do you stop feeding baby food?

Question 2:

When do you stop formula and switch to milk. I've made her a few bottles with milk and formula and she drank them fine, but I'm not sure how she'd react to strictly milk. The dr said the goal is to have them off a bottle by a year, so does that mean formula too?

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Old Mar 14th, 2016, 10:10 AM   2
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If she's 10 months, I would be offering her whatever you eat. You can puree it or mash it, whatever texture you feel comfortable with, but I would be offering normal foods so she can get used to the tastes in the cooking in your family. If you're offering some finger foods already, then you can start to add in more. We only ever offered finger foods, never pureed or mashed, so they really can handle them even from very young. At her age, she'll definitely have the hand eye control and grip strength to be able to handle them just fine. It also means less work for you if you've been making her something special. The only thing you need to avoid at this age is added sugar and salt and whole nuts.

So pasta sauteed with garlic and roasted butternut squash and topped with cheese should be manageable (also something you can eat yourselves). Pasta with tomato sauce. I often make a roasted tomato and garlic sauce by roasting everything with olive oil in the oven and then blending. You can scoop some out for her and then season to your own taste with salt.

Soups are also good with bread and butter dippers. You can make all sorts of blended soups which are smooth. Butternut squash and apple soup, parnsip soup, broccoli and cheddar, tomato, etc. They also freeze well, so easy to package up and have ready to send to daycare with some bread for dipping.

We also did a lot of mini rice cakes with various things on it, like hummus, white bean dip, nut butters, mashed avocado, etc. with cucumber sticks. Also an easy thing to package up to send to daycare with her.

And then really just whatever you eat. If you have roast chicken with mash potatoes, gravy and roasted carrots, that can all be blended or mashed up if you want to, or you can start to offer it as it. Same with like baked salmon with rice and broccoli. You might have to alter some of your usual meals a little bit to suit her (omitting salt or anything spicy until after you've taken a portion out for her), but there's very little that can't easily be modified. I would just try to get her to start exploring more savoury foods rather than sweetened or fruit based foods, so it's more like what you'd probably eat in your house anyway.

As for milk, I know her the recommendation is to stay on formula to 1 and then gradually switch. We personally did what you're doing, offering a mix of milk and formula from about 10.5 months. I would just add in maybe half a bottle of milk mixed with formula one bottle per day, and then the next week, I increased it to a full bottle of milk for that feed. And then so on, until I had each week added in a bit more milk, and then at a year we switched entirely to cow's milk. Cow's milk is saltier than formula, which is one of the reasons they don't recommend you use it loads before a year because they need time to develop and be able to process the extra salt. But I don't think a few weeks makes much difference, as long as you aren't switching to milk at like 6 months. And no, you don't have to switch off all formula right at a year. Ideally, you should move to milk sometime after that (or switch to the toddler formula) as baby formula is more made for babies than active toddlers, but personally I'd go for cow's milk (it's much less expensive, and it has less sugar, some of the toddler formulas have been correlated with tooth decay just because they're so sweet). So if she'll happily take milk, I'd move in that direction.



 
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Old Mar 14th, 2016, 13:43 PM   3
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Thank you! We have been giving her pieces of what we eat, but I never though of pureeing it for her. She still only has 2 teeth so I'm weary if giving her anything that's too big or hars.



 
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Old Mar 14th, 2016, 15:32 PM   4
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Honestly, its amazing what they can eat! My little one is cows milk intolerant so she is on special formula, but we have been offering "tastes" of blended foods since 4 months (literally licking a bit off our fingers, then licking a tiny amount from a spoon) - she started grabbing the spoon and chewing it and has great hand-eye co-ordination, so we have started sitting her in her high chair at mealtimes and putting finger foods on the tray. Today she has had a large piece of pasta and I have some sugar snap peas, pasta and baby corn cooking. She doesn't actually swallow much, but she doesn't have any teeth and can chew pretty well already! She's 5 months by the way.

(Ps I know you ate not supposed to BLW before 6 months but we had to wean earlier than I would have liked due to her allergy, the health visitor agreed there was no point us doing purees for a month then switching to BL. )



 
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Old Mar 15th, 2016, 08:13 AM   5
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I agree with giving what you eat, I'm the biggest scaredy cat when it comes to weaning and even got told off by my hv for not moving my first son on fast enough when he was little but my youngest copes really well with mashed up food. I use soup pasta for him when offering pasta and he eats that fine but I know Heinz do a range of baby pasta which comes even smaller. I've been trying to offer mine finger foods but he's not really interested in bread or sandwiches etc he just eats his crisps (skips, cheese puffs etc) and baby biscuits.

My go to foods for my lo's have always been:
Cauliflower cheese
Cauliflower and broccoli cheese (mixes with pasta and chicken or white fishes easily)
Simple pasta sauce with vegetables (tinned tomatoes, carrots and corgettes mixes with anything - pasta/mashed potatoes and meat/fish)
An Annabel Karmel recipe for a simple beef stew (can be puréed as much or as little as you like)



 
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Old Mar 22nd, 2016, 03:23 AM   6
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We also did family food from 6months and LO didn't get a tooth till 11 months and her second tooth till 14 months. Their gums are very hard and they can chew fine without teeth. They all need time to learn how to move food around their mouths and swallow when its properly chewed, but thats not really dependant on teeth, its just something they learn.

At her age she'll start needing more of her nutrition from food, so (unless you are veggie) it looks like a good time to add some fish and meat or other protein and some more starches and less sugars.

I agree with the others that she can eat what you are having at home, but for daycare how about sandwiches. For fillings you can start with soft options so you can have cheese (I didn't see any cheese in the snack list you gave and my LO was absolutely nuts about cheese at that age), nut butters, hummus, avocado etc.



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Old Mar 22nd, 2016, 12:56 PM   7
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She's had grilled cheese but I haven't tried actual real pieces of cheese yet. I'm stopping at the grocery store on my lunch today and you gave me some good ideas. I've started sending her with oatmeal and yogurt for breakfast and we just found out she loves Mac n cheese. I'll definitely pick up some fish and see how she does with that.

What sort of bread did you use for sandwiches? Also what kind of cheese? We don't usually we dont buy American slices or soft bread.

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Old Mar 28th, 2016, 03:05 AM   8
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It seems to me she is lacking in fat and protein there - what about avocado slices, bits of chicken, boiled eggs (mashed with butter if you are nervous about big foods), lasagne type dishes, mild curries? At 10 months mine were both eating regular food so just ate what we did.



 
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I feel chicken is still too hard for her...I dunno. We don't eat avocado so that's off the table.

Her dr said to stay away from table foods till a year, so that's why I'm on here asking.

But right now all of this is out the window cuz she started teething bad and will only take a bottle of formula or food pouches. No applesauce, no juice, no cookies/crackers, no bananas or strawberries...nothing! Ugh I feel like I'm back to square one. Smh. Poor baby



 
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I feel chicken is still too hard for her...I dunno. We don't eat avocado so that's off the table.

Her dr said to stay away from table foods till a year, so that's why I'm on here asking.

But right now all of this is out the window cuz she started teething bad and will only take a bottle of formula or food pouches. No applesauce, no juice, no cookies/crackers, no bananas or strawberries...nothing! Ugh I feel like I'm back to square one. Smh. Poor baby
Teething really messes with things doesn't it? Never mind, just follow her lead, she'll be back to her old self soon.

I'm not sure why your Doctor said no table food till 1yr. Has your LO got underlying health problems? Or maybe he/she just meant not to give her the food you'd prepare for yourself with salt in. Salt is something that needs to be avoided but it just means preparing your dishes with no salt, using low salt stock cubes and not feeding her too much shop bought processed foods (like ready meals, sausages etc.) because they have loads of salt. Like mindutopia said, you can add salt in to your food after you have separated a portion for yourself. I also started creating dishes with other flavours in so salt wasn't required, like balsamic vinegar glaze for salmon for example.



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