Stages of Weaning

February 20, 2018

Introducing food to your baby is a very exciting and can be a stressful stage of weaning.

I breastfed my little till he turned 2 years. He was solely on breastmilk till six months and after the sixth month, I introduced food twice a day starting with fruits and veggies which are light on his little belly. As days passed, started with carbs and proteins as well.

My son started having proper meals only at 9 months. He would mostly refuse what I gave him, mostly wanting only milk. I was very worried initially but I realized that if the milk is satisfying him then why to worry. Even then I would make his meal and try, wondering what if he eats today.

I did not add any salt to his food until he was 1.2 years. But I did add a pinch of spices to his meals to give an added flavour to the meal. Spices include mostly cinnamon in oats/ applesauce or cardamom powder to Ragi or semolina porridge, or herbs like oregano in veggie puree and also a light pinch of pepper too.
Adding these gives an added depth of flavour to the meal making it yummier to eat. Plus it is healthy too. For example, cinnamon is loaded with anti-oxidants. A small pinch goes a long way.

I’ll share some of my recipes, just in case you may be interested.

1 apple peeled and chopped
1/4 cup water
a pinch of cinnamon powder
a cube of raw sugar candy / 1/2 tsp of sugar

In a saucepan, add the ingredients together and boil the mixture together until the apple is really soft and mushy. Puree it and serve.
Raw apple can be constipating for your baby. So giving cooked apple would be safer and it’s tastier too.

Apple and plum sauce
1 apple skin on chopped
2 plums skin on chopped
1/4c water
1/2 tsp raw sugar candy
pinch of cinnamon powder

In a saucepan, add everything together, boil until soft and mushy. Puree it and strain the mixture if there are large pieces of skin refusing to blitz up. The skin has a lot of nutrients in them, plus gives that bloody red natural colour to the sauce, making it exciting for your baby to have it.

Powdered Oats / Ragi/ Wheat/ Semolina Porridge
150ml water
Formula milk powder (as per directions) or fresh milk if you have introduced
1.5 Tbsp of any one of the powdered cereals
a pinch of spice (cardamom or cinnamon)
1/2 tsp powdered nut of your choice (I used almond or walnuts)

In a saucepan, add all the ingredients except nuts and bring it up to a boil and cook until thick and creamy. keep stirring it so it doesn’t get lumpy. Add the nuts in after its cooked. Serve warm.
You can leave out the milk if you want it dairy free.

Potato and Carrot Puree
1 potato chopped
1/2 carrot chopped
pinch of oregano
1/2 cup water

Add all ingredients to a saucepan, bring it up to a boil and cook until soft and mushy. puree and serve warm.
Replace the carrot with beans or marrow or spinach or any other vegetable you prefer. avoid cauliflower and cabbage. Potato is a carbohydrate and starchy which gives energy and necessary sugars for your little one.
You can add a small piece of chicken to this, to add more proteins to the food.

Sweet Potato and Coconut milk

1/2 sweet potato chopped
1/2 c coconut milk
pinch of cardamom powder
sugar to sweeten
water if required

Boil all ingredients together until soft and mushy. Puree it, add water to loosen the mixture if required. Serve warm.

Rice Porridge
1/4c Broken brown rice
1 cup water
2 tbsp of 2 kinds of veggies of your choice (I used butternut squash/ carrot/ beans/ beetroot)
2tsp of lentils of your choice (I used orange lentils mostly)
2 drops of butter or ghee
pinch of salt

Boil all ingredients until soft and mushy. Puree until smooth and serve warm.
Lentils are a good source of proteins and brown rice is one of the most nutritious forms of carbs.
If you are adding spinach add it, in the end, you don’t want to overcook your veggies.

Coconut milk and rice porridge
1/4c white rice
3/4c water
a small piece of carrot shredded
1/4c coconut milk
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp coriander leaves finely chopped

Boil all ingredients together until soft and mushy. Add the herbs in the end. Puree and serve warm. Add more water to loosen the mixture if required.

I hope you like the recipes. Share them with your loved ones. Apologies for not providing pictures.
I am just trying to give you an idea of what kind of food to prepare. So you have a base and you can play around with flavours and textures. Adding different flavours, veggies and herbs makes food interesting and mealtime fun and gives an added depth to the food you serve your baby.

Having fun feeding. It is great if he eats today and it is absolutely ok if she refuses tomorrow. And yes, the internet has loads of positives and negatives on every kind of food. Do what you feel is best for your baby. What works for you, does not need to work for someone else. So use your wisdom and work it. May the Almighty give us healthy and righteous children.