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Recipes for your 6-8 month old baby and the four day rule

Recipes for your 6-8 month old baby and the four day rule

From six months onwards, feeding your baby gets a whole lot more interesting.  Solids come into play at this point, and after half a year of milk being the only thing on the menu, trust me, it comes as a welcome change.

Once your baby starts on solids, a whole world of opportunities is unearthed.  However, if you’ve just been serving milk for six months, you may not know where to begin.  If you’re after something interesting to feed your bundle of joy, here are two recipes that might be of interest:

Broccoli, potato and pea mash

Start off by peeling and then chopping 340g of white potatoes.  Grab around 100g of fresh broccoli and chop it up, then boil the potatoes and broccoli together for around 15 minutes (or until the potato starts to fall apart when you prod it with a fork).  About 10 minutes into the boiling, add 50g of frozen peas.  Once the potato and the broccoli are soft enough, drain the pan and mash with some butter.  Job done!

When Alice first started on solids, this was one of my go-to recipes.  It’s also a great way to get them eating broccoli – it won’t be that easy in a few years time, trust me!

Avocado and coriander soup

A far cry from the formula that you’re well and truly sick of by now.  Peel, core and chop up an avocado and give it a good mash.  Heat up 180ml of vegetable stock (either homemade or special low-salt baby stock cubes) and stir in the mashed avocado.  Then add 60ml of milk (can be breast milk or formula) and stir it all up.  Garnish with a little coriander.  Your baby’s first posh meal!

When you get to the six-month stage and you’re feeding your little one all of these new foods, it’s really important to be aware of what’s known as the ‘four day rule’.

The four day rule is basically a rule of thumb to help you make sure that you’re not feeding your baby something that they’re allergic or sensitive to.  In a nutshell, when introducing a new food, it’s best to wait four days before introducing another new food.  The idea behind it is that four days will give you time to assess whether or they’re coping with the new food, whereas if you give them lots of new foods at once and they have a reaction, you won’t know which food is causing that reaction.

Hope that’s helpful!  If anyone’s got any recipes that they want to share I’d love to hear them!

 

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