The introductory first foods for a baby should be pureed and mashed as the digestive system of the baby is not used to solids. Mashed fruits and cereals are ideal first foods for babies who have completed six months of age. According to Indian Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations, “appropriately thick homogenous complementary foods made from locally available foods should be introduced at six completed months to all babies while continuing breastfeeding”. Here is a recipe for apple and banana puree.
Points to note:
First foods should introduce the baby, to the sensory world of taste while keeping in mind that the baby will not be able to “eat” right from the beginning. Purees and mashed simple food items should be offered to the baby in small quantities initially, half a teaspoon at a time, to get the baby accustomed to the process of tasting, swallowing and ingesting solid food. Purees are easy to make.
Apples – 2 (whole)
Banana – 1 (ripe)
- Peel and core the apples. Chop into small chunks.
- Peel the banana and chop into small slices.
- In a pan, place the pieces of bananas and apples, pour enough water to cover them and bring to a boil.
- Reduce flame (or heat) and simmer for about 10 minutes or till the fruits are soft.
- Drain any excess water and puree to desired consistency.
- Maintain hygiene during every step of the preparation process.
- Increase the quantity gradually depending on how the baby responds to a particular recipe.
- In case the baby does not like the taste of a particular food, you can try it again after a gap of a day or two.
- If the puree becomes too thick, add some warm water to adjust the consistency.
- Do not refrigerate purees before giving it to your baby.
- Use locally available variety of ingredients.
Apples are fortified with potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin A, vitamin C and dietary fibre while bananas are a good source of potassium and magnesium. A medium sized apple contains 95 calories and a medium sized banana contains 105 calories of energy.