Step 2 of the “5 Steps weaning plan”.

Step 2 of the “5 Steps weaning plan”.

Well done mama! You have made a wonderful start to introducing solids to your little one. By now your baby should have tried some or all of the first foods I suggested.Now we are ready  to move to STEP 2 in the 5 STEPS WEANING PLAN. It is time to establish a regular breakfast after your baby’s usual morning milk feed.
If you have seen that your baby is not so keen on solid food yet, do not worry. Just wait a week, then try again. Every baby is different, you will get there eventually.

STEP 2: 
Introducing Breakfast and starting to establish a routine with this important first meal. 

If your baby is happy with the first spoonfuls of food, it is the right time to try establishing regular mealtimes by adding breakfast to the feeding routine. Cereals are a GREAT breakfast food, as they provide that extra energy and nutrients your baby needs to grow and run about.

Breakfast is a very important meal and you can also make it into an opportunity to spend time with your baby.

Furthermore, is the moment of the day when they are happier and more awake, that makes it a good time to introduce  something new.

How to feed your baby breakfast: 

At this stage your baby’s breakfast should still be smooth in texture and very simple in taste. You can start with plain cereals and gradually start adding fruit purees with it, to make it even more tasty and nutritious.

Remember 

  • Still give your baby his morning milk, otherwise they might be too hungry and grumpy to enjoy their breakfast.
  • Serve food at room temperature.
  • Start giving your baby a drink of water in a cup or beaker, this is to make them used to have a drink with their meal.
  • Give them a spoon to hold, let them play with it, let them hold it so they get used to use one.
  • Do not worry if your baby still seems to eat very small amounts of food. It is more important to establish a routine- in time their appetite will increase.
  • Baby’s preferences sometimes change every other day, hang in there mama. Soon they will love their breakfast.

Don’t forget to continue with the purees feeding from step 1, so that you keep introducing your baby to different tastes. And keep in mind that sometimes it takes 15 OR MORE TASTING for a baby to accept a taste.

Keep in mind that from 6 months onward your baby still needs about 500-600 ml of milk every day.

You should already know how to prepare homemade baby rice from my previous post. You can also alternate baby rice with homemade baby porridge.

Homemade baby porridge 

Place the oats in a food processor and blend until they become fine, almost a flour consistency. Store in an airtight glass jar or plastic container. To make the porridge, use 1 part oats to 2 parts milk. Heat gently in a saucepan for 3-4 minutes stirring regularly.

When you are ready to start adding fruit purees, here are a few recipes to start you with:

 

 

Baby rice with apple puree 

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs apple purees
  • 2 tsp baby rice
  • your baby’s usual milk

Method

Simply spoon the apple puree into a small bowl and stir in the baby rice. Add enough warmed milk to make a smooth, runny puree, stirring well.

 

Baby porridge with pear puree

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp pear puree
  • 2 tsp baby porridge
  • your baby’s usual milk ( if the porridge does not have added milk) or boiled water ( if it has added milk)

Method

Spoon the pear puree into a small bowl and stir in the baby porridge.
Add enough warmed milk or water to make a smooth, runny puree, stirring well.

Baby porridge with banana 

Ingredients

  • Few little pieces of a ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp of homemade baby porridge
  • your baby’s usual milk ( if the porridge does not have added milk) or boiled water ( if it has added milk).

Method

Mash the banana in a small bowl with a fork until it is smooth and runny. Add the baby porridge and enough milk or water to make it smooth and runny, stirring well.

One more breakfast idea that was a great success with my kids, was:

Wheat biscuit with strawberries 

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sized ripe strawberries
  • 4 tbsp or 60 ml of your baby’s usual milk, warm or cold
  • Half a wheat biscuit

Method

Wash the strawberries removing the stalks and cut into halves. Place the strawberries, milk and wheat biscuit in a small food processor and blend until you have a smooth, runny puree.

Don’t miss the next post: STEP 3, introducing your baby to new fruits and vegetables.

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