How to feed a newborn baby

How to feed a newborn baby 13

Fruit purees. Cut a peeled apple, pear or peach into pieces, removing the stone or core, and place in a pot with very little water just enough to prevent the fruit from burning.

If you have a heavy-bottomed saucepan with a lid, bring the mixture to the boil and switch off the heat but leave the pot on the plate; or simmer for about five minutes or till soft. Mash with a fork until smooth without discarding the cooking liquid unless there is too much; or press through a plastic sieve so that the puree does not become discoloured from the acid in the fruit reacting on a metal sieve. You can also blend the food in a liquidiser or food processor. Serve cool or slightly warm.

Guavas can be stewed in the same way and put through a plastic sieve. Bananas may be slightly indigestible to babies before the age of six months but later on they are a good source of nutrients. Choose ripe bananas with black spots on the skin and mash very well, adding a little previously boiled water or milk if desired. Later on, ripe bananas fried in a little margarine or butter are a favourite with most children. Pawpaw is served mashed or sieved through a plastic sieve.

Do not give very acidic fruits such as pineapple to a baby. Pureed fruits can be mixed with cereal for variety or you can add vegetables to a fruit base if she will not take them plain. Dried fruit such as prunes, apple rings, pears and apricots, which are a good source of iron, can be stewed and pureed in a blender, or sieved. Soak overnight in water and simmer in the soaking water until soft. If your baby is inclined to be constipated, you can add a little brown sugar or honey to the fruit while it is stewing.

Vegetables. Carrots, pumpkin, squash, butternut, parsnips, turnips and potatoes can be prepared in the same way as fruit by boiling for five to eight minutes then sieving or liquidising. A lot of babies do not like the taste of vegetables in the beginning and there is no reason to force your baby to have them. Remember,

milk is the main food during the first year and for both your sakes you should not turn feeding time into a battle.

Try adding the tip of a teaspoon of meat or yeast and vegetable extract to make vegetables more palatable: Do not add butter to vegetables in the first six months and thereafter use it only very sparingly. Milk can be mixed with vegetables or combined with fruit. Most babies enjoy a meat and vegetable broth and this is a good way of getting her to take what she needs without bothering with several separate vegetables every day.

Meat dishes. From about five months you can give your baby a nourishing broth with vegetables.

Basic broth. Simmer a knuckle bone (preferably veal) for an hour with enough water to cover. Add diced carrot and potato when nearly cooked. Cut meat off the bone and liquidise or put through a food processor or infant food grinder. This basic broth can be varied in many ways:

Add a little yeast and vegetable extract or meat extract for flavour.

How to feed a newborn baby

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