It’s exciting when your child starts eating
solid foods; that first foray into real
meals opens up a world of culinary possibilities.
Most babies begin with single,
simple foods – introduced one at a time –
to clearly identify any negative reactions.
Making your own baby food is easier
than some books make it out to be; it’s
a matter of preparing simple foods in
a way your baby can manage, such as
smooth purees or small, soft chunks he
or she can easily grab.
Following those fi rst tastes, babies
with teeth will want to chew; any parent
of a teething baby knows they’ll gnaw
anything they can get their mouths on.
Provide relief from teething pain with
homemade teething biscuits made with
whole ingredients and free of sugar,
additives and preservatives. Once hard,
they’ll keep well in a container on the
countertop, within easy reach when
Junior needs something wholesome to
chomp on. (Note: as with any beginner
foods, ensure you’re within reach and
keep an eye on your child – no biscuit is
resistant to crumbling or breaking.)
Banana-oat teething biscuits Baby biscotti Barley banana bread Cheesy polenta sticks
Start with good-quality fresh
or frozen produce.
For vegetables, try sweet potatoes,
carrots, squash, peas, spinach
or whatever is in season.
Steam veggies in a bit of water until
very soft, then purée until smooth with
the cooking liquid, adjusting the thickness
according to your baby’s taste.
To make applesauce, peel and chop
apples, then simmer in about an inch of
water until soft; mash or purée with the
Very ripe, juicy pears can be mashed until
chunky with a fork, grated with a box
grater or pulsed in the food processor
Ripe, juicy peaches or mango can be
peeled, pitted and cubed, then puréed
with a little hot water or juice.
Freeze purées in small containers or ice
cube trays, or drop by the spoonful onto
dollops on waxed paper and freeze, then transfer to freezer bags to store.
Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, May/June 2013.