Stage 1 baby food includes those foods that are pureed and strained and are thin and runny, which are easily digested by a small tummy and are suited for a baby’s introduction to solid foods.
Below are some recipes for Stage 1 baby food that you can make at home.
- Ground brown rice in a blender or food processor. Boil 1 cup of water and add ¼ cup of rice powder. Stir constantly and simmer for 10 minutes. Mix the cooked rice with formula, breast milk, or fruits, if you like. Serve warm.
- For oatmeal, use ¼ cup of ground oats processed in a blender or food processor and ¾ cup water. Follow cooking direction for rice.
- For barley, use ¼ cup of ground barley and 1 cup water. Follow cooking direction for rice.
Apples/Apple Sauce (Braeburn, Macs, Gala or Rome)
- Peel and core apples and cut into chunks. Put the apple slices in a sauce pan and add water, just enough to cover the apples. Boil the apples until tender. Mash the cooked apples with a potato masher or puree the apples, using the liquid left over from the cooking. Puree should have a thin runny consistency. Add to cereal before serving if desired. Some mashed banana can also be added to vary the taste. Freeze left over apple puree in ice cube trays.
- Put 1 pound of dried apricots in a saucepan and add ½ cup of water and ½ cup of apple juice and bring to a boil. Cook the apricots for 15 minutes. Puree the apricots in a food processor, adding the left over liquid from cooking to achieve a runny consistency. You can add cereal to thicken before serving. You can also some mashed banana for additional taste. Freeze the left over in ice cube trays.
- Peel a ripe banana and puree in a food processor. Add formula or breast milk to thin or cereal for a thicker consistency.
- Cut a ripe avocado in half and scoop out the flesh. Mash with a fork. Thin with formula or breast milk before serving.
- Choose young beans. Wash the beans and snap off the ends. If using peas, split the pod open and remove the peas from the pod. Place beans in a steamer basket and steam with enough water until very tender. Remove the beans and transfer them into a food processor. Proceed to puree the green beans, using the left over liquid from steaming to achieve a smooth, runny consistency. You may have to run the puree into a fine sieve to remove pieces of skin that remain.
- Peel and cut carrots into chunks. Place in a streamer basket and steam with enough water until tender. Transfer the cooked carrots into a food processor and puree. Use boiled water to thin the puree.
- Wash and dry sweet potatoes. Poke holes into the sweet potatoes using a fork. If you are going to bake it, wrap each sweet potato in tin foil. Bake for 30 minutes in 400-degree oven. If you are going to use the microwave, wrap them in plastic wrap and cook for 8 minutes on high. You can also steam the sweet potatoes by peeling them and cutting them into chunks. Puree the cooked sweet potatoes in a food processor and thin by adding boiled water or the left over water from steaming the sweet potatoes. Baked potatoes should be peeled before being pureed.
It is easy and economical to prepare your baby’s first solid food and there are more varieties you can offer. You also know what you are feeding your baby because you were the one who prepared them. But most of all, consult your pediatrician if your bundle of joy is ready for solid foods.