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Five day menu plan for weaning

Feeding Plan: getting started

Infants who are weaned at 6 months may need to be moved onto a mixed diet more quickly than those who started earlier and their food doesn’t need to be pureed. Following meal plans for the first 4 weeks of weaning, easy to try.

Plan 1 : WEEK 1 : One meal a daybaby food1

Breakfast : Breast Milk or formula milk.

Mid-morning: Small milk feed or 1-2 teaspoons of baby rice give it according to the instructions or prepare rice at home. Rice : 4 teaspoons raw rice cook in 1 cup of boiling water for 15 min. Switch off the hob cool the rice and now ready to serve it with breast milk or formula milk.

Lunch: Breast Milk or formula milk.

Mid afternoon:  Breast Milk or formula milk.

Tea: Breast Milk or formula milk.

Bedtime: Breast Milk or formula milk.

WEEK 2 One meal a day.

Breakfast: Breast Milk or formula milk.

Mid-morning : Breast Milk or formula milk with 3 teaspoons of baby rice or homemade rice.

Lunch: Breast Milk or formula milk.

Mid afternoon:  Breast Milk or formula milk.

Tea: Breast Milk or formula milk.

Bedtime: Breast Milk or formula milk

WEEK 3 two meals a day. baby food

Plan Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Breakfast Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed
Mid -Morning Potato puree  Apple puree  Butternut squash puree  Parsnip puree Pear puree
Lunch Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed
Mid-Afternoon Baby rice Baby rice Baby rice Baby rice Baby rice
Tea Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed
Bed Time Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed

WEEK 4 Two meals a day.

Plan Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Breakfast Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed
Mid- morning Parsnip Puree Butternut squash puree Sweet potato puree Carrot puree Sweet potato puree
Lunch Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed
Mid- afternoon  Apple puree  Pear puree  Apple puree  Pear puree  Apple puree
Tea Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed
Bedtime Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed

Plan 2: 2-3 meals a day.

Plan Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Breakfast Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed
Mid morning Broccoli and butternut squash puree  Avocado puree  Banana Puree  Courgette puree  Green bean and sweet potato puree 
Lunch Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed
Mid afternoon

Apple puree

 

 

Parsnip and apple puree  Carrot and potato puree  Pear puree  Courgette puree 
Tea Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed
Bedtime Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed Milk feed

 

Plan 3:

  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Breakfast Oat based baby cereal with full fat cow’s milk. Wheat based baby cereal with full fat milk. Oat based baby cereal with full fat cow’s milk. Wheat based baby cereal with full fat milk Oat based baby cereal with full fat cow’s milk.
Mid Morning Milk Feed Milk Feed Milk Feed Milk Feed Milk Feed
Lunch Steam trout (Rainbow trout is a fish native to the USA and is popular with fish farmers because it is relatively easy to breed.) mashed with potato with broccoli. Or Natural yoghurt mixed with dried apricot or apple puree. Macaroni cheese pasta with peach puree Butternut squash puree with risotto rice and mashed banana. Dhal of red lentil with grated carrots and potato with fresh apple puree. Lamb filler and mixed vegetables and potato casserole with baby yoghurt.
Mid afternoon Milk Feed Milk Feed Milk Feed Milk Feed Milk Feed
Tea Chopped red pepper, Courgette, carrot mashed in pasta. Sweet potato and carrot puree with cooked broccoli. Well cooked scrambled egg on strips of toast as a finger food. Broccoli mashed in rice with cooked carrot sticks and Courgette sticks. Mashed avocado with toast stripes or cooked and mashed spinach with mashed potato and rice.
Bedtime Milk Feed Milk Feed Milk Feed Milk Feed Milk Feed

 

Fruit and vegetables for children

The food products you can start when your child is 4 to 12 months old. Now in this article, we will discuss Fruits and Vegetables for children.

Fruits and vegetables contain lots of vitamin, minerals and fibre with the variety of colours flavours and textures. Try fresh, frozen or canned vegetable and fruits at around age one. Fruit and vegetable should eat daily, try to habituate your child. This may require some time but be patient and use some different ideas as written below. If your child refuses to eat vegetable or fruit or both, keep offering him and make sure that you like fruit and vegetables very much. Try to convince him.

Some fruits:

  • Strawberries.
  • Melon and their other types
  • Black currents
  • Pineapple
  • Apple
  • Orange or orange juices (without artificial flavour and colour)
  • Banana
  • Grapes cut into 2 pieces
  • Plums
  • Peach
  • Kiwis
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Fig
  • Passion fruit
  • Pomegranate
  • Mango
  • Lime

Some Vegetables

Fruit and vegetable Ideas

  • Carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, peeled and chopped apple, peeled and chopped banana give any of this as a snack.
  • Make pizza with vegetable toppings and add some fruits if you like.
  • Add some dried fruits in yoghurt
  • Mix chopped boiled vegetables in rice or with slices of chapati or pita bread.
  • Make the sandwich of favourite vegetables with cheese.
  • Give some mashed potatoes with rice or chapatti.
  • Prepare tasty pasta with favourite vegetables.
  • Use lentils with vegetables like carrots, tomatoes, peas, corn and more with bread or chapattis.

Broccoli

Add little water in broccoli then steam it, until it mash and sieve. It is a good first food but has some strong tasting on its own. So mixed it with baby rice or boiled potato.

Turnip

It also boiled with the little amount of water, until it becomes soft and mash or sieve. Give this with root vegetable like the carrot. It is also good first food for babies.

Avocado  

It should be soft and ripe. Generally dark brown colour avocado is best for babies. Cut it into 2 halves then remove the seed and skin of the avocado. Now remove the white pulp by using the spoon. Mix this pulp with breast milk or formula milk.

Carrots    

These are sweet and nutritious food. Steam it by adding the little water and then mash it. This is also good as first food for babies.

Spinach

This can be started when the baby is six months old. Boiled spinach with a little water then 1 to 2 tablespoon is sufficient to start the spinach. You can mix it with boiled potatoes or cooked rice.

So you can try these ideas as a snack or as a  meal.

Fruit and vegetable purees:

Cereal purees may cause some allergy so that start with vegetable puree first or fruit puree because it is sweet in taste and your baby like the sweet taste more than any other taste. You can start with mashed banana which easily to digest. Use potato, sweet potato, carrot, parsnip (a root vegetable related to the carrot.), Swede (yellow turnip) stewed pear or apple, melon, mango.

Baby rice: Most babies start with specially made baby rice it has many benefits like,

  1. It only needs mixing with breast milk or formula milk or a little cooled boiled water.
  2. It can be easily thinned to a particular texture, good for digestion.
  3. No allergy possible because it is gluten free.
  4. It is enriched with iron which can be easily absorbed, it is very tasty.
  5. Babies love to eat mashed rice.

Various Puree Recipes for Baby..

Generally baby starts solid food intake from six months old. In this article you can get some new and nutritional and healthy recipes  which are suitable for to 6 to 8 month’s old baby. These recipes you can try in breast milk or formula milk.

Vegetable  Recipes:(for 6 months and older)

1. Use fresh, frozen, or canned vegetables. Check canned and frozen labels to see that they are low-salt or unsalted.

2. Wash and peel the vegetable, if necessary. If uncooked, cook over low heat in a small amount of water. Cool and puree or mash.

3. Some good combinations are: mashed potatoes and carrots or green beans; carrots and peas; sweet potatoes and squash; green beans and peas.

TIP: Beets and spinach have high concentrations of naturally-occurring nitrates which can reduce the ability of the baby’s haemoglobin to transport oxygen. Use these foods in moderation or not at all until the baby reaches his or her first birthday.

Fruit recipes: (for 7 months and older)
Follow the same procedure as for vegetables using fresh, frozen, or unsweetened canned fruit. Good combinations are: peaches and pears, banana and apricots, or apple sauce and peaches.

Banana and oatmeal recipe  : ( for 8 months and older)

You can use this recipe in breakfast:
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup formula (or breast milk)
1/3 cup whole banana
1/4 cup formula (or breast milk)

Combine oats and 1/2 cup formula. Bring to a boil, and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, mash banana and 1/4 cup formula. Combine banana and oatmeal mixtures.

Other Recipes

  • Boil green beans, baby carrot and potatoes or sweet potato and then make puree with a little addition of  butter, this requires 15 minutes time.
  • Boil Broccoli, baby carrot and potatoes then make a puree with addition of  little butter, this requires 20 minutes time.
  • Boil spinach and potatoes then make a puree with addition of  little butter, this requires 10 minutes time.
  • Boil brown rice and green peas, carrot, small piece of chicken or potato for vegetarians and then make a puree addition of little butter, this requires 20 minutes time.
  • Brown Rice with boiled lentils, make puree with addition of little butter. This takes 25 minutes of time.

Fruit Recipes:

  • Small yellow bananas, remove the black seeds from the middle, then make puree by adding breast milk and then mash with spoon. This requires 10 minutes time.
  • Mix Avocado with banana (remove black seeds) mashed by spoon or make puree by adding breast milk in it. This requires 10 minutes time only.
  • Remove skin of apple then steam it and mashed by spoon or make a puree with breast milk. This requires 10 minutes time.
  • Mashed Banana( remove black seed) then add  peach make a puree with breast milk, this requires 10 minutes time.

You can use formula milk instead of breast milk, but before that you concern with your midwife or health visitor and Check that your baby should be easily digest it.

 

Puree recipes for 5 months and old babies.

Potato puree  : First wash the  2 potatoes under tap water. Peel the skin then chopped it in big pieces. Keep in microwave for 5 to 8 min. Then smash it by spoon, cool it and now ready to serve. Yo can serve it with mashed peas or carrots.

Apple puree : First wash 3 red apples. Peel the skin, chopped it into medium pieces. Take a pan add 3 cups of water, boil it add apple pieces and keep boiling for 20 to 30 min. Meanwhile you can use a spoon to check the softness and consistency of the puree. After that you can mash it by a spoon. cool it and now ready to serve.

Butternut squash puree :  Microwave directions:
Cut squash in quarters (this may be difficult, depending on size) and scoop out seeds. Place squash, skin side down, in a microwave-safe dish. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water and cover tightly, allowing one corner to vent. Microwave on High for 10 to 12 minutes. Check for puree end point , cool and proceed with recipe above.

Parsnip Puree : Wash the  2 parsnips under tap water then chopped it into pieces, keep in microwave with 2 cups of water for 10 to 15 min. Mash it by a spoon and now ready to serve it.

Pear Puree : Wash 2 pears under tap water then chopped it into pieces, remove the seeds. Now take a pan add 2 cups of water, add the pieces and boil it for 20 to 30 Min, check the consistency. Mash it by a spoon. Cool it and read to serve.

TIP: You can keep these purees for 48 to 72 hours in the fridge.

Sweet potato puree: This is the favourite puree of the babies. Take 2 sweet potato, washed under tap water,peel it, make the small pieces, keep in microwave for 10 to 15 minutes or keep in pan for 20 to 30 minutes boiling. mash it by a spoon, cool it, ready to serve.

Carrot Puree: This is a nutritive dish for babies. Take 2 carrots wash it, peel it, make pieces, keep in microwave for 10 to 15 minutes or In a pan for 15 to 20 minutes boiling. Mash it by a spoon, cool it, serve it.

Avocado Puree: This puree is rich in antioxidant,Vitamin E and mono saturated fats. Easy to digest. Cut avocado i half remove the seed. Take one spoon and remove the green pulp of avocado mix in milk. Ready to serve.

Banana puree: This puree contain vitamin A, C, B6, dietary fibres and potassium. This puree give energy to your baby. You can start weaning by giving this puree with breast milk or formula milk or cow milk. Take ripe banana (yellow) mash it by spoon,half banana to 1 banana is sufficient at one time feed.

Courgette or zucchini puree: It contains Vitamin C, beta carotene and potassium. It don’t have allergy tendency. Any child can eat it. But puree is to runny because it contains too much of water. So you can use it with combination of carrot or potato puree. Firstly washed the courgettes in water now peel the skin. Skin is easily digestible to 7 months or old babies but little difficult to under 6 months babies. Dice it keep in microwave for 10 minutes or in pan 15 minutes. Use very less water because courgettes are very watery inside. Seeds of it are very soft so not necessary to remove it. Cool it, mash it. Ready to serve it with cow milk, breast milk or formula milk.

Sweet potato and broccoli puree:

Sweet potato and broccoli

Serves 4
Prep time 7 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 22 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato (washed, peeled and diced into cubes)
  • 150g broccoli (broken into small florets)

Note

Sweet potatoes are good source of beta carotene, iron,  soluble fibre, minerals, copper, vitamin C and  A.

The fibre in sweet potatoes helps release energy slowly into baby's food. These are good for baby's skin health and healthy digestive tract.                                                                                                                                            www.thepostnatal.com

 

 

 

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Directions

Step 1
Steam sweet potato for 5 to 7 minutes, then add broccoli and continue steam for 10 minutes until both vegetables tender.
Step 2
Now put these vegetables in food processor or blender to get a smooth paste. If you need more smooth then sieve it. For thin consistency add boiled water from the steamer.
Step 3
Leave to cool, then cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze up to 1 month.