Just because your child is now four months old doesn’t mean you have to start weaning. Let your baby lead you at this time, they’ve only been in the world between 121 and 213 days. Some babies are not interested in beginning the journey of weaning until six months; every child is different and there is absolutely no reason to rush.
All of the below recipes will make a number of servings depending on how much your baby is eating, so scoop the mixture into ice cube trays and pop out 1 or 2 as and when you need them.
Where To Start
Ok, so you’re new to the world of weaning… don’t panic, it’s easy, I promise. When you are making dinner set a bit of veg aside for baby and blend it, pop it in an ice cube tray and defrost when you need it. When you have some fruit, set a bit of fruit aside for baby and blend it too.
You’re not cooking dinner tonight, you’re knackered? That’s fine, don’t sweat it, get a pre-made pouch – don’t beat yourself up – it’s one day, there’s always tomorrow.
The key thing to remember is to go for one pureed fruit or vegetable a day so the staple “5-a-day” is introduced and then mix it up a bit. After the single flavours have been introduced; the staples like carrots, broccoli, peas etc. Team different flavours until you find ones that work e.g. parsnips & potatoes, spinach & butternut squash, the list is endless. Below are a few examples to introduce alternative flavours to your standard potatoes, carrots, broccoli and pea purees…
2-Step Courgette & Potato PureeIntroduce an interesting taste fusion for your little one. Its one of the easiest to mash down to a smooth, soft consistency. Use small courgettes as they are not bitter like the large ones. Avocado & Banana SplitAn easy mash that requires no heating, no cooking and no fuss. Unfortunately, as both fruits brown quickly, freezing this isn't recommended.Big Green Giant Bean & Suede MashYou can keep this medley in the fridge for 2-3 days after cooking or alternatively freeze for up to 4 weeks by spooning into ice cube trays.
Avoid using runner beans as they can be a tad stringy, opt for french beans and team this with the sweet taste of suede.Healthy Veggie MashA fast and effective recipe for a plentiful amount of nutrients your baby needs. Sweet potato is naturally soft so this idea is so versatile.
For first tastes from 4 months – overcook the vegetables and puree.
To introduce a slight amount of texture from 7 months, mash the carrots rather than blend.
To add a little more, from 10 months keep the peas whole.
Once your little one is a fully-fledged toddler – cut into chunks and stir through the mash.Leek, Potato, Spinach, Watercress & Pea BlendAnother versatile dish that can be used for babies AND for the rest of the family. Simply add some extra stock and some seasoning and you have a scrummy soup for all!Pumpkin (Or Butternut Squash) & Pear PureeYour baby will love this little treat mid-morning. It’s a great brunch snack that contains a good source of Beta-Carotene or a nice dessert after a small light meal. Make a bulk load and freeze for up to 4 weeks.
When pumpkins aren't in season, you can substitute for butternut squash.