Baby Feeding and Recipes

As a parent raising children, it is important to understand that solids are not only to stop hunger and to help your child grow but are also to:
  • develop and enhance their five senses – sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell
  • develop their immune system for optimum health and illness recovery
  • develop their digestive system to allow for successful absorption of nourishing foods and the control of constipation, diarrhoea and bowel spasms
  • strengthen bones and muscles allowing for fluid movement and the protection of internal organs
  • develop and stabilise the nervous system
  • develop a strong pumping heart
  • stabilize hormones for metabolism and emotional and physical balance
  • help the urinary tract to eliminate toxins
  • develop facial muscles to facilitate language production
  • introduce the culture of eating
  • provide nutrients such as iron, zinc and vitamin C that are not ingested in adequate amounts through breast milk or infant formula from 6 months old.

Read more about developing babies in ‘Mum, Baby & Toddler - together we learn’

Yummy and easy recipes:

Fish cakes
1x large tin of pink salmon (squash bones for added calcium) or tuna
2x large mashed potatoes (use white sweet potato if baby does not like potato texture yet
1 cup frozen peas and corn
Sprinkle of dill
1 egg
1. Combine all together in a bowl.
2. Roll into patties and coat in breadcrumbs or oat bran.
3. Fry in a pan with a little oil “I serve the kids with mayo and ours with sweet chilli sauce.
My kids love fish and they always enjoy this recipe.” – Provided by B Dowling

Yummy porridge
½ cup Rolled oats
1 cup water
Fruit puree
Sprinkle of cinnamon
1. Put oats and water in a bowl and cook for 2 minutes on high in microwave or in a saucepan on the stove until soft
2. Scoop out 1 – 2 tbsp and porridge (you eat the rest)
3. Mix in 2 tsp of pureed apple, pear or pawpaw – Provided by J Murray

More easy to follow recipes in 'taste it - easy baby & toddler recipes along with professional child health advice' plus loads of practical information to get you and your baby started on good eating habits as well as yummy recipes to try.

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