During the first six months of life, our baby will only feed on breast milk or powders, either from the mother’s breast or from the bottle. When half a year has passed, your stomach will be ready to start eating . However, we must give it to him in the form of puree or porridge, because he still does not have all the teeth to chew food and not choke.
The fact that you can only eat ground foods does not mean that you should eat the same thing every day and that your diet is not balanced. There are many types of porridge that we can prepare at home for our baby, in the event that we prefer to make them ourselves and not acquire the ones that we can find in the market.
We must also take into account what are the foods that we can use for these recipes, since the baby’s body is not yet ready for all of them, like adults.
At PregDream we tell you how to prepare 6 delicious homemade porridges so that your baby is perfectly fed and enjoys your wonderful homemade purees.
1. POTATO AND CARROT PORRIDGE
This porridge is excellent for lunch and dinner for our baby if he has recently had several episodes of diarrhea. The puree of these two vegetables is excellent for you to regain your intestinal health and your stool to return to normal consistency. To prepare this simple, but delicious porridge we will need two large potatoes and four carrots. With this amount of ingredients we will have porridge for at least two days in a row and we can keep the puree in the fridge for all this time.
We will put water in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Once it is burning we will add the potatoes and the washed and peeled carrots. The water has to cover all the vegetables to the top. We will prick the potatoes and carrots with a fork to check that they are completely soft and we will drain the water. Later we will pass all the vegetables through the blender until obtaining a totally fine puree, without lumps, since the baby will be unable to chew them. If we think it is too thick we can add a little water and mix it again. We can give this porridge warm, that is, neither too hot nor too cold.
2. CAULIFLOWER AND BROCCOLI PORRIDGE
This puree is made in the same way as the potato and carrot puree, but it has the opposite effect on the baby’s stools, it will help him to go to the bathroom more easily , in case he has been constipated for many days or has not defecated.
This porridge, for the vegetables used once boiled, will be very liquid, so if we want it to have a little more consistency we can add a few potatoes, so it will be thicker and will have a slightly different flavor.
We must be careful when boiling the broccoli, because if we boil it too much it will gin everything and it will also lose all the vitamins that the vegetable has at its right point. For the porridge to gain flavor we can add boiled chicken meat without salt or oil to the mixture. This will also gain consistency and thickness. Be very careful not to leave any bone in the meat, as it could harm the baby’s mouth. This meat is one of the softest that exists, so it is the best to add to the baby’s first purees.
Always serve this porridge warm, since too hot it will not be good for the baby and too cold it will probably not like it. Serve this porridge to your baby as lunch or dinner.
3. ZUCCHINI PORRIDGE
This porridge will have a slightly stronger flavor than the previous two, so we must make sure that the baby’s stomach has correctly accepted foods such as potatoes, carrots, cauliflower and broccoli.
For this puree we will need a washed and peeled zucchini, a potato and a carrot. We will boil them until they are completely soft, we will cut them into small pieces and we will pass it through the blender. We will strain the puree to check that we have not left any lumps or skin that could make it difficult for the baby to eat and we will serve this warm porridge. What we can spare can be stored in the fridge for another day and if you see that it is too thick, add a little water to the mixture. This puree is ideal for your baby’s lunch or dinner .
4. APPLE AND PEAR PORRIDGE
These are the first two fruits that are usually given to babies, since they are the ones that usually generate the least allergic reactions . However, try sucking on one fruit a day, to find out which one can harm you (if you are allergic to any of them).
We will peel two yellow apples and two light green pears, we will cut them into squares and we will put them in a saucepan with boiling water until they are completely soft. Then we will drain the water and beat both ingredients until we have a homogeneous puree without lumps. For greater security, we will strain the mixture to make sure that we do not have seeds or pieces that are too large for the baby.
The best way to serve this porridge ideal for breakfast and snack is slightly cold.
5. STRAWBERRY AND BANANA PORRIDGE
Before giving the baby a porridge with these ingredients, we must have made sure that neither of these two fruits have caused an allergic reaction before or stomach pain.
To make them, we will peel the banana and beat it, wash a handful of strawberries very well and remove the leaves. We will cut them into squares and beat them together with the banana. Finally, we will strain the mixture well to eliminate the seeds of the strawberries , which the baby will not like to find on the plate. If you see that the mixture is too liquid you can add another banana.
This porridge is quite sweet, so we do not need to add anything else, just serve it for breakfast or a slightly cold baby snack .
6. FRUIT PORRIDGE WITH BISCUIT
When the baby’s body is ready to consume gluten, we can add Maria cookies to their purees. Therefore, we can make an apple and pear puree with a biscuit, or a strawberry and banana with a biscuit. In this way, the porridge will gain consistency and a stronger flavor , which as the baby grows it will like it more.
We will add the cookies in the mixture while we beat it and we can gradually add more cookies to find the desired puree texture. If we want the puree to have more flavor later we can add a little cinnamon .
The fruit porridges with biscuits are ideal for a snack or breakfast, since the biscuit cereals will give you all the energy you need to face a new day. The porridges with fruit are best served over time, never hot, and made the same day they should be consumed.