Food Ideas for Pakistani Infants

It is a very exciting time when your little one is growing up so fast that it is time for her to start on solids. This phase might be overwhelming for some mothers but preparing nutritional home-made foods for your baby can be easy and hassle free. You just need some basics such as a food processor or blender, a sieve and a saucepan. Give at least 1 week before introducing a new food to your baby’s palette to give them time to adjust to it.

Infant Rice Cereal: When you first start your baby on solids it is recommended by expert’s to start with infant rice cereal. The rice cereal can be made with breast milk or formula with a runny consistency. The infant cereals are commonly available at most stores and pharmacies in Pakistan. Once your baby gets older you can add bananas, shaved apples and other fruits in infant cereals as well.

Vegetables: Even though there are pre packed baby purees widely available, it is cost effective and healthier to prepare them in the comfort of your home. You can steam or boil vegetable such as peas, carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes and squash. Once soft, put them through a blender with a little water if needed to make a smooth puree. Steaming the vegetables keeps their nutritional value better than boiling it. As your baby grows older you can create infinite combinations with vegetables and get them started on a healthy lifestyle

Fruits: Some of the nutritionally rich fruits for the babies include bananas, apples, pears, berries & peaches. Fortunately Pakistan is blessed with a wide variety of fruits to suit every palette. Try not to juice the fruits as the sugar content increases, decreasing the nutritional benefits.

Yogurt: Infants 6 months and older can have yogurt. It is a great source of calcium, boosts brain and heart health as well as the immune system. Sometimes you can mix the yogurt with applesauce or banana.

Egg: Do not give your baby eggs before the age of one or older due to the risk of botulism. Once your infant is older, when feeding egg, ensure it is fully cooked which ever form you feed the child. Half boiled or runny sunny side eggs can increase the risk of salmonella poisoning and botulism.

Rice/ Pasta : These can be prepared in a variety of ways to tempt the palette of your little one. Vegetables purees can be mixed with boiled and mashed rice, or pasta with sauce.

Lentils: Lentils are a great source of fiber and protein.  Serve cooked lentils with rice, mixed and mashed vegetable or make lentil soup by pureeing it. You can add mild seasoning to give them some flavor.

There are infinite combinations of foods that you can try with your infant. The limit is your imagination. Just ensure that you take your time trying out newer combinations so as to ensure the food is compatible to the baby’s system and that your baby is not allergic to it. Enjoy!

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  1. Nuzhat says:

    Very very great