Baby feeding guide
Later on you can make tiny fish cakes with mashed potato and minced fish. Bind with a beaten egg after the first nine months if she is not allergic to it and roll in flour or breadcrumbs. Fry in a little hot oil, and serve with vegetables.
Eggs. Egg yolks contain valuable minerals and are a good source of iron. Even if your baby is having an iron supplement you can give egg yolk from the fourth or fifth month or whenever she starts on solids.
Start with half a teaspoonful of raw egg yolk mixed into her cereal or fruit and increase until she has the whole yolk. If she likes it you can give the yolk plain after cooking it for four minutes, coddling it or hard-boiled and mashed. You can also beat a raw egg yolk into custard. Do not serve the custard as a pudding; it is unnecessary to give your child dessert as well as a fheal. Custard with egg and fruit is a meal in itself. From about nine months you can give your baby a taste of a lightly scrambled whole egg. Only give her a teaspoonful to start with in case she has a reaction (123). If she shows any sign of allergy stop giving her egg white in any form. Try it again in a few months time. Remember many icecreams and cakes contain egg white. Meringues are made from concentrated egg white. Most children over a year can tolerate egg white and you can serve whole eggs in many different ways.
Scrambled, omelette, coddled, soft boiled and hard boiled are all suitable. Well cooked protein is easier to digest – to keep hard boiled eggs tender yet well cooked, place eggs in cold water and briiig to the boil. Switch off the stove and leave eggs in the pot on the plate for 18 minutes. The egg white will not be leathery and the yolk will not darken.
Graduating to coarser foods. Commercial baby foods that are suitable for use after pureed foods are usually called junior foods. They are coarser in texture than the first foods and can be started around seven months. If your baby gags on the coarser food, try mashing it finer with a fork and mixing with pureed foods, gradually making the food coarser.
Do not leave the introduction of coarse foods too late or your baby may reject them altogether. On the other hand, dont force it if your baby is not ready. Leave it and try again in a few weeks time.
Homemade foods can gradually be made coarser by niashing instead of puree-ing or by cutting down the time in the food processor^ blender.
Finger foods. From about six months your baby should bd able to hold a piece of food and guide it to her mouth. You can give her a bone wit|i the meat removed so that she does not choke, to suck, or a rusk to gnaw, especially if she is teething. Never give anything like apple, banana or bread that coiild break off and get stuck in her throat. ”
Homemade rusks are cheap and easy to make. Slice whdjewheat or white bread about 2 cm to 3 cm thick and dry out in a warm ovgi for a few hours
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