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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

 

When should start solid food????

   Your baby needs to start eating solid food because:

  1. Milk alone can no longer satisfy her physical needs.
  2. Now babies requires more nutrients with more amounts.
  3. Solid food is good for her healthy physical and mental development.
  4. This is also first step towards feeding herself and joining in family meals.

When should start solids?

The recommended ideal age to start getting your baby used to solid is after six months old age, this is called as weaning. Try to satisfy him by breast feeding or bottle feeding with solids. You discuss with your Doctor or health visitors or any experts.

In order for your baby to accept, swallow and digest solid food certain physical developments need to occur,

  1. Loss of tongue – thrust reflex at birth, your baby naturally pushes anything that goes into her mouth out again with her strong tongue, but between four to six months this reflex disappears.
  2. Developments of her jaws and tongue so she can move food to the back of her mouth ready to swallow.
  3. Development of coordination and head control so she can maintain the posture needed for swallowing.
  4. Development of gastro intestinal track so she can digest different food.
  5. The ability to cope with a larger volume of food in her tummy.

Weaning signs: 

  • Baby begins to demand more frequent milk feeds, or appears restless or dissatisfied after full milk feed.
  • Baby wakes during night time frequently because of hunger even after taking milk feed.
  • Baby starts put things in mouth and makes chewing motions.
  • Baby will show interest in your food, he will try to it and not pushing down outside the mouth.
  • Now baby can sit well when supported and ready for new solid food!!

New foods to introduce: Now that weaning is well under way, you can begin to introduce simple flavour combinations to your baby, and offer more varied fruit and vegetables. By the time you have reached 4 weeks into weaning, your baby should have settled happily into accepting mini-meals from a spoon, and will probably be eating two meals a day. Adjust the amounts to suit your baby’s appetite. Although your baby is still too little to sit too little to sit in a high chair, a car baby -seat or adjustable reclining seat will serve as good interim measure. Try blending food that your baby has tried and likes with something new like,

  1. Puree raw ripe fruits, such as papaya, mango, avocado, melon.
  2. Cooked and puree fresh apricots, peaches and plums.
  3. Small quantities of well cooked red lentils, mixed with carrots or butternut squash.
  4. Cooked and puréed courgettes, broccoli and cauliflower.
  5. Their first tiny taste of whole milk, plain unsweetened yoghurt, fromage frais or ricotta cheese, but only if there is no family history of asthma or eczema.
  6. Small amounts of well cooked pureed chicken or turkey. Tiny amounts of red meat can be introduced, but this is quite strong tasting and difficult to puree until smooth, so you may prefer to wait until smooth, so you may prefer to wait until your baby is 6 months old.

Food ideas:  Introduce any new foods at the mid- morning feed- then, if your baby has a reaction or tummy upset, the symptoms will have settled down by the time you all go to bed. Try to use ripened food because they are more easily digested.

  1. Bananas: Mostly favourite to all babies, being easy to mash with a fork, cheap and readily available. Choose ripe bananas – they not only taste sweeter, because the starch in them changes to sugar on ripening, but are easier for a baby to digest, with less chance of painful wind.
  2. Melons:This is also a good choice with their mild taste. Choose honey dew (bailian melon) or musk melon which contains good amount of vitamin C. Make sure you remove all the seeds before puréeing some melons.
  3. Papaya: This fruit is available in all supermarkets. Taste is sweet and it is so pulpy that you can easily remove the pulp by using spoon. It contains black rounded seeds which are non edible. This fruit contain enzyme(substance help in digestion of the food) papain, which is similar to an enzyme found in digestive system of human and it helps to break down the food very easily, making it ideal for a baby.
  4. Mangoes: This fruit is a rich source of vitamin A and C in easily absorbed form, mostly green or yellow fruit, peel it then remove the pulp by using spoon. It’s very tasty sweet and baby will love it, easily available in all supermarkets.

Pear and parsnip puree

Serves 4
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Lunch
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Parsnips provide a good amount of natural sugars and fibre. It is also rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and E and potassium. These nutrients will help to enhance baby's immune system and muscle and nerve system .

Ingredients

  • 1 pear (peeled,cored and evenly chopped)
  • 1 parsnip (peeled and diced)
  • or 1carrot (peeled and diced)

Note

Parsnips provide a good amount of natural sugars and fibre. It is also rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and E and potassium. These nutrients will help to enhance baby's immune system and muscle and nerve system .

Directions

Step 1
Steam the parsnip for 5 minutes,then add the pear and continue to steam for a further 8 to 10 minutes until both are tender.
Step 2
Put the parsnip and pear in a blender or food processor and process until soft and smooth. Add a little water from the steamer, if necessary.

Baby’s rice

Serves 4
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 15 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Rice is a good source of B - vitamins and selenium, as well as slow-releasing energy, which is good for hungry babies. It is naturally gluten-free, which makes it easy for digestion. It can be refrigerated for 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Ingredients

  • 50g brown and white rice
  • breast or formula milk (to thin)

Note

 

Rice is a good source of B - vitamins and selenium, as well as slow-releasing energy, which is good for hungry babies. It is naturally gluten-free, which makes it easy for digestion.
It can be refrigerated for 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Directions

Step 1
Put the uncooked rice in a blender and blend to form a fine powder.
Step 2
Put the rice powder in a saucepan and pour over 250 ml boiling water, then cook over a low heat for 5 minutes, until the water has absorbed and the mixture has thickened.
Step 3
Take the rice off the heat and stir in the milk.