Preparing solid foods for your baby

At around 4 to 6 months, your little one may seem less satisfied with their milk and curious about adult eating habits, a good sign that they’re ready to start eating solid foods.
When your baby is ready, you will want to make the first solid foods from fresh ingredients, so that food nutrients remain as intact as possible. Buying and preparing foods yourself is the best way of ensuring this because you know exactly what they’re eating. The foods you buy and how they are stored, prepared and cooked will also affect their nutritional content. It is important to buy fresh ingredients, to store them according to the instructions and to prepare them on a clean surface.

Top tips for preparing solid foods for your baby

Our Healthcare Professional gives us her top tips for preparing solid foods for your baby.
Store food safely and stick to use-by dates.
Prepare food in a clean kitchen with clean utensils and bowls for optimum hygiene.
Wash your hands before food preparation, and your baby’s hands before feeding.
All fruits and vegetables should be carefully washed before use. Some need peeling.
Salt should not be added to foods for babies. Try using herbs or mild spices as you would in your usual family recipes to make the foods tastier for your baby.
Sugar should not be added unless a very small amount is added to tart fruit to make it palatable.
Baby food should be cooked thoroughly until piping hot and allowed to cool before serving.
Microwaving heats foods unevenly and can cause hotspots that may scald you and your baby. Make sure any food you warm up this way is mixed thoroughly and left to cool before serving. Use the Philips AVENT Bottle and Baby Food Warmer to heat your baby’s food safely and evenly.
Never re-heat your baby’s food more than once.
Most freshly cooked foods can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
Preparing batches and freezing them in ice cube trays or food containers, such as Philips AVENT Breast Milk Storage Cups, can save you lots of time. Breast Milk Storage Cups are hygienic, stackable and can easily be written on with the name of the food and the date prepared. Check your freezer’s instructions to find out how long you can store baby food safely. It is usually between 1 and 3 months.
Do not refreeze food after it has been thawed.
Some foods, such as raw shellfish, liver, soft unpasteurised cheeses and honey, are not suitable for babies under 12 months. Eggs should always be well cooked. Always check with your doctor if you are unsure.

Please be aware that the information given in these articles is only intended as general advice and should in no way be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you or your family or your child is suffering from symptoms or conditions which are severe or persistent or you need specific medical advice, please seek professional medical assistance. Philips AVENT cannot be held responsible for any damages that result from the use of the information provided on this website.

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