BABY FOOD – PART 2


Article courtesy of Dorimar Siverio-Minardi, MPH, MBA, Director, Healthcare Relations & Initiatives, Women’s Care Florida & Mom extraordinaire

In Part 2, I am moving on to tips and recipes for feeding your baby at 6-8 months.

6 to 8 Months Recommendations (Source: Florida WIC.com)

 

Amount of Food per Day

Baby Cereal

  • 4 to 8 tablespoons or more per day of prepared cereal

Pureed Vegetables

  • 4 to 8 tablespoons or more per day

Pureed Fruits

  • 4 to 8 tablespoons or more per day

Protein Foods

  • 1 to 6 tablespoons per day of pureed lean meat, chicken or turkey

Pureed Legumes

  • Like black beans, chickpeas, fava beans, black-eyed peas, lentils and kidney beans

Water

  • Babies over 6 months old who are eating a variety of foods may need to be given about 4 to 8 oz of plain water per day. There may be times when your baby needs to be given more water. Check with your baby’s health care provider for more information.

Fruit Juice

  • Fruit Juice is not recommended for babies under 12 months of age.

Recipes (6 to 8 Months)

Butternut Squash or Pumpkin Puree

  • Preheat the oven to 375 deg F
  • Cut the squash or Pumpkin in half and remove the seeds
  • Place the squash in a baking tray, face down in about one inch of water
  • Bake for about 45 minutes.  The squash and pumpkin are done when they feel soft.
  • Remove the flesh from the skin and either puree it, or mash it lightly with a fork. Add breast milk or formula as necessary for puree consistency

Sweet Potato Puree (Also applicable to white potato on later stages)

  • Preheat the oven to 375 deg F
  • Scrub sweet potato and pick it with a fork
  • Place sweet potato in a baking tray and bake for about 45 minutes until soft
  • Or, for an alternative method of cooking, peel potato and place on a steaming basket for 20 minutes
  • If baked, remove the flesh from the skin
  • With either cooking method, puree the sweet potato or mash it lightly with a fork. Add breast milk or formula as necessary for puree consistency

Carrot Puree (Fresh or Frozen)

  • Peel carrots if fresh and cut
  • Place carrots on steaming basket for 20 minutes.
  • Puree the carrots
  • Add breast milk or formula as necessary for puree consistency

Green Pea Puree (Frozen)

  • Place frozen green peas on steaming basket for 20 minutes
  • Puree peas on a blender

Green Bean Puree (Fresh or Frozen)

  • Boil green beans in stock/broth. If fresh, boil for longer time until soft
  • For better taste, toss cooked green beans with a simple, homemade herb butter
  • Puree green beans on a blender

Avocado Puree

  • Peel avocado
  • Puree avocado or mash it lightly with a fork

Zucchini

  • Simply wash thoroughly under running water, cut off both ends, then slice or dice
  • Boil (in very little water), sauted or steam
  • Puree zucchini or mash it with a fork

Apple, Pear or Peach Puree

  • Peel apples, pears or peaches
  • Place them on a steaming basket for 10-15 minutes
  • Puree or mash them lightly with a fork

Banana Puree

  • Peel banana
  • Puree banana or mash it lightly with a fork

Papaya Puree

  • Peel papaya
  • Puree papaya or mash it lightly with a fork

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