Baby’s food diversification means the infant passes exclusively from milk consumption to various foods, including grains, vegetables, fruits, meat, and fish. It comes to the gradual passage from one lunchbox pattern to another when the infant reaches 6 months, when the infant's digestive system is ready to receive various foods. In this article, discover our baby’s food recipes month by moth to help him grow healthy.
1. Baby’s food recipes: from 6 months
when the baby is 6 months old, then we can start animal proteins. We can, therefore, introduce meat, fish, egg ... but always in small quantities
White meat to start, then red… white fish without bones, hard-boiled egg only, you have the choice.
1.1 Vegetable soup
The vegetable soup is one of the most suitable baby’s food recipes that can be given to the infant, and it is generally a recipe that adults and children love. It is also a healthy recipe and contains many important nutrients. You can use many types of vegetables to make it. But it's always a good idea to start with zucchini, carrots, and potatoes only. You can also make them with water or add chicken broth as well.
Fresh vegetables (zucchini, carrot, potatoes)
Water or chicken broth without salt or spices
Cut the potatoes, carrots, and zucchini, and put a little water on it and a very small pinch of salt, preferably without salt or sugar. Boil the vegetables in a little water to cover them, and until the texture becomes completely soft. Blend it in a blender with its own water. Serve it to your baby, fresh in a bottle or spoon, add a tablespoon of olive oil for good digestion.
1.2 Carrot-zucchini mousse
- 1 small carrot jar
- 1 zucchini
- 30 ml follow-on milk or 2nd age
- 1 small knob of butter
Rinse and peel the zucchini. Cut it into rings. Place them in a bowl with 1/2 glass of water and cook in the microwave for 10 minutes.
Drain them and place them in the blender.
Add the small pot of carrot and mix.
To obtain a smooth texture, add the milk (after cooking because infant milk should not be brought to a boil), then mix.
Serve with the small knob of butter.
1.3 Fruit puree
- ½ jar of Apples, Strawberries, Blueberries
- 3 tablespoons of apple drink no sugar added
- 20 g banana
Peel and cut the banana into pieces.
Mix the banana, the apple drink, and the fruit jar together (apple, strawberries, and blueberries).
Serve fresh to your baby. Give the recipe immediately after preparation.
2. Baby’s food recipes: from 7 months
At 7 months, you realize that your baby is growing at speedily and that it is necessary to adapt his diet, and the quantities to meet his new needs. Baby’s food recipes for 7 months old babies are fun to cook!
Your baby will continue to drink milk. For the quantities of small pots of mashed potatoes, listen to your baby, try to give him a little more as you go along, but never force your baby to finish his mash. At this age, the baby should eat about 170g of a small pot of mash per day, but again it depends on the babies, their size, their weight, always adapt to your baby.
We can also start giving him red fruits and strawberries, for example (watch out for babies with allergenic properties and ask your pediatrician beforehand).
2.1 Zucchini and fresh goat cheese velvet recipe with pearl pasta
- 340 g peeled zucchini
- 25g fresh pasteurized goat cheese
- About 20 g of small pearl pasta (about 50 g when cooked)
- 2 teaspoons of olive oil
- Mineral water for steam cooking and pasta cooking
Start by boiling mineral water in the pan for pearl pasta. Once the water boils, add 20g of small pearl pasta and follow the cooking time indicated on the package of pasta.
Wash the zucchini well and peel them. Then cut them into slices.
Place the slices in the steam basket and start cooking for about 10 to 12 minutes.
When our zucchini is cooked, place it in the blender with fresh pasteurized goat cheese and add 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Mix well.
Add the cooked pearl pasta.
2.2 Mashed zucchini with meat
In a pot on the heat, put half a tablespoon of edible oil, then add a teaspoon of finely chopped onion, and stir until the onions are withered.
Add half a cup of fine minced meat and stir until brown.
Prepare zucchini by washing it well and then cutting it into small rings, put it in a container with water on the fire until boiled for a quarter of an hour, then filter it from the water.
Mix zucchini with meat, then put them in a blender until you have a soft mixture cock, suitable for your child.
You can replace zucchini with another type of vegetables, such as potatoes or spinach.
2.3 Mango puree
Wash and peel a ripe mango
Remove the nucleus (the seed)
Mash until you get a soft texture
3. Baby’s food recipes from 8 months
3.1 Mashed lentils and carrots
- ¼ cup of washed red lentils
- 1 sliced green onion
- 2 peeled and cut carrots
- ¾ cup of chicken broth (make sure it is unsalted)
- 1 tablespoon of oil.
Fry the green onions for a few minutes in a few drops of oil.
Add the unsalted chicken broth and lentils to a boil.
Reduce the heat and let the lentils simmer slowly for 10 minutes.
Add carrots and simmer for 10 minutes or until carrots and lentils become tender.
Mix or mash them until you get the desired consistency and then serve them to your baby.
You can add any vegetables instead of carrots to the mixture. Try sweet potatoes, broccoli, etc ... You can even add rice instead of vegetables. If you want to have a liquid consistency, you can add more chicken broth while cooking.
3.2 Apple and pear puree
Apples and pears are delicious and useful fruits that are easy to insert into baby’s food recipes because they are easy to boil and mash. Your child will love this snack that you can serve even when you are outside the home; it is one of the recipes that can be provided at room temperature.
Wash two apples and pears, cut them, and boil them for a quarter of an hour. Then put the apples and boiled pears in the food processor and mix them well until you have a pureed mixture. Feed your child and keep the rest in the refrigerator or freezer.
4. Baby’s food recipes from 9 months
From 9 months, the baby becomes big and begins to eat more fruits and vegetables. The fruits can be given raw, thinly sliced so that the baby can discover the flavors otherwise. We give 200g of vegetables at noon with meat, fish, or eggs. The egg can now also be introduced with hard white (1 third of hard egg during a meal, once a week).
4.1 Broccoli and Chicken Recipe
- 50 g of broccoli florets
- 10 g fine wheat semolina
- 10 g chicken cutlet
- ½ teaspoon rapeseed oil
- 100 ml weakly mineralized or spring water
Wash and cut the broccoli florets into small pieces.
Pour the pieces of broccoli florets in a bowl, add the chicken, semolina, and water, cover, and cook for 5 min in the microwave at 900 W.
Blend using a mini chopper until you get a very smooth puree, add rapeseed oil. Check the temperature before giving your baby. Give the recipe immediately after preparation.
4.2 Salmon and rice recipe with leek and potato
- 100 g leek white
- 70g of potato
- 20g of salmon steak
- 10g of raw rice
- 5ml lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of heavy cream
- Mineral water for steam cooking
Start by boiling water for the rice.
Meanwhile, prepare the leek. Remove the top layer, keep only the white part (if you have a little green, it does not matter), cut it into slices of 1 cm thick.
Place the slices of white leek in the steam basket. Then move on to the potato. Wash it, peel it and cut it into very thin rings.
Add these potato slices to the steam basket and cook for about 15 to 17 mins.
Meanwhile, when the water boils, put the rice to cook. Put the rice aside once cooked.
Take the salmon, remove the skin well, and take 20g of flesh from our salmon. Be sure to check that there are no edges and cut into several pieces of 0.5cm thick.
Once the cooking of the vegetables is finished, place these small pieces of salmon in the steam basket without removing the vegetables for about 4 to 5 minutes of steaming.
Take the cooked salmon and crumble it and put it aside.
Put the cooked vegetables in the blender with the teaspoon of heavy cream and the lemon juice. Fast speed for perfect smoothing, slow speed to keep a little texture.
Place the leek and potato in the bottom of a small pot, then the rice, and finally the crumbled salmon (if the baby does not eat pieces yet, do not hesitate to mix everything together).
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5. Baby’s food recipes from 10 months
At 10 months of age, your baby increases his daily rations, and you continue to give him more small pieces in his little jars. The vegetables are crushed, and the meat or fish crushed into small pieces in its recipes.
5.1 Spinach and Chicken Bulgur Mash
- 15 g chicken cutlet
- ¼ carrot (about 20 g peeled)
- 1 Spinach
- 15 g bulgur
- ½ spoon of olive oil
- 3 drops of lemon juice
Peel, wash, and dice the carrot.
In a saucepan, bring 1 l of unsalted water to boil, cook the bulgur, and the carrot for 20 min.
Add the diced chicken to the pan 10 min before the end of cooking.
Drain quickly, pour into a blender, add the spinach, olive oil, and lemon juice, mix everything to obtain a smooth texture. Serve warm.
5.2 Spinach stick recipe with mozzarella parmesan potato
- 100g fresh spinach
- 130g of potato
- 15g onion
- 35g of grated mozzarella
- 15g grated parmesan
- 1 to 2 tbsp flour (+ a little for shaping)
- 1 egg yolk
Start by washing the spinach leaves well. Then wash the potato, peel, and slice it finely.
Slice the onion.
Put everything in the steam basket and let it for 12 minutes of cooking.
Meanwhile, prepare the other ingredients.
Once the vegetables are cooked, they are well drained: this step is very important! Indeed, it is really necessary to remove as much water from the vegetables, or the shaping of the vegetable sticks will be difficult or even impossible. You can use a paper towel or even wring out the vegetables, especially the spinach leaves, using a clean cloth.
Add the egg yolk, and crush everything in a bowl until you get a very homogeneous mixture.
Add the flour, the mozzarella, the parmesan, and mix again.
For an even easier shaping, put this mixture in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
Put a little flour on your hands and on a work surface, take a little of the mixture to make a total of about 10 sticks. Roll the sticks over the flour. Make sure there is not too much flour on the sticks before baking.
Heat a little cooking oil in a pan over medium heat, and place the sticks. Let it for 6 to 8 minutes of cooking, turning regularly.
6. Baby’s food recipes from 11 months
6.1 Peas and carrots with rice
- 1 Tablespoon of oil
- Medium sized onion
- 500 grams of ground meat
- 3 medium sized chopped carrots
- 500 grams of frozen peas
- A small package of tomato paste
- A pinch of all spices.
Heat the oil in the pan, add onion and stir until tender.
Add minced meat and saute until tender.
Add tomato paste and half a cup of water. Mix all these ingredients, then add the peas and carrots.
Cook it on low heat for half an hour.
Set aside and mash them to achieve the desired consistency. Serve it with rice. Make sure to give him enough meat as it is a good source of iron.
6.2 Puree with fresh cheese, red fruit, and mango
- 1 small cup of creamy cheese
- 3 strawberries
- 50 g ripe mango
Wash and mix the strawberries.
Cut the mango into very small pieces, add it to the smooth cheese and mix.
Top with the strawberry.
7. Baby’s food recipes for 12 months
7.1 Cauliflower and Mimolette cheese soup
- 1 small potato (50 g)
- 150 g cauliflower
- 50 ml of milk
- 10 g grated Mimolette cheese
- 1 tip of powdered cumin
- ½ teaspoon rapeseed oil
Peel, wash and cut the potato and dice the cauliflower.
In a saucepan of boiling water, cook the diced vegetables for about 15 min, over low heat, and cover it.
In the bowl of a blender, pour the drained vegetables, the cumin, the rapeseed oil, and the milk preparation. Mix and sprinkle with Mimolette cheese just before serving.
Thus, we have provided you with a simple guide to the most important baby’s food recipes that you can prepare for your child from the age of 6 months to 12 months. The diversification of food is very important for your child so that he does not feel bored, and his body can take advantage of all the nutrients in different foods.
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