Apple stew is appropriate as a first food for a baby who has completed 6 months of age. During this time your baby is growing rapidly and needs more energy and more nutrients to fuel the activities and growth. 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”.
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. Stews are easy to make.
- 1 peeled and roughly chopped apple
- Half teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
- Sugar to taste (optional)
- Combine the apple pieces and ½ cup of water in a deep non-stick pan or a kadhai, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 8 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
- Cool slightly and blend in a mixer along with 2 tablespoons of warm water till smooth. Add sugar and cinnamon and mix well.
- Serve immediately.
- 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 6-month old babies.
- Use locally available variety of ingredients.
A medium sized apple contains 95 calories and is rich in potassium, phosphorus, vitamin A and dietary fiber.