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Our Guide to Stage 1 Solids (Including Easy Recipes!)

Our Guide to Introducing Stage 1 Solids (Including Simple Recipes) Starting baby on solids is an exciting time for any parent – it’s just so fun to watch them experience new tastes for the first time! It can also be a challenge and a learning experience for both mamma and baby. Jack has had days where he absolutely refuses to open his mouth for food, and days where I can’t feed him quickly enough. I’ve learned that he loves fruit, and isn’t so crazy about sweet potato. I’ve also gotten used to him having baby food in his hair, up his nose and all over his clothes – daily baths are a thing in our house nowadays!

What are Suitable Stage 1 Solids?

Stage 1 of baby weaning refers to the very first “tasting” stage for foods when baby is between 4-6 months. You should always seek advice from your doctor before starting baby on solids. Stage 1 foods are simple fruits and vegetables that are easy for baby to digest. Examples are carrots, parsnips, sweet potato, banana, avocado, butternut squash, pears and apples. Baby food should be in purée form at this very early stage.

The Solids Starter-Kit

You’ll need some tools for starting baby on solids. We were given two gifts when Jack was born that have proven invaluable for getting us started on solids – the New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner by Annabel Karmel  and the Béaba Babycook 4 in 1 Steam Cooker and Blender. A normal blender (or hand blender) will do the trick too.

Our Guide to Introducing Stage 1 Solids (Including Simple Recipes)

Here’s what you’ll need on hand for preparing baby food, and feeding your little one;

Blender: I love the Béaba as a one-stop shop that steams, blends and reheats baby food all in one. However, it is on the pricey side. A regular blender (like this one), or a hand blender (like this one), is an essential for creating a smooth purée.

Storage: I prepare baby food for the week in bulk and freeze it. I love these baby food storage jars by OXO. They are individual jars that fit into a tray, so I can just pull out each jar as I need it. They’re also measured so I always know exactly how much my little one is eating.

Bowls: You’ll need a couple of plastic bowls for dishing up baby’s meal. These bowls from Munchkin are great because they have suction.

Bibs: Part of the fun of introducing solids is the mess baby makes when eating, but baby food stains are tough to get out of clothes. I’ve heard of genius mammas who strip their kiddo when it’s feeding time. I haven’t gone that far yet, but I do try and protect his clothes with a bib. These bibs are cool because they catch spills, and wipe clean.

Spoons: I picked up these Munchkin spoons in the supermarket without even looking at them. I was so confused when they started to change colour when I washed them, until I realized they change colour when the temperature is too hot! So helpful when you’re feeding your little one warmed-up food.

Simple, Tasty, Recipes

Keeping it simple is key for Stage 1 of baby weaning. The focus should be on exploring baby’s tastes. Whether your babe eats the whole serving, or just takes a few bites, it’s important to keep trying new things. My rule has been to try the same flavours for three days consecutively. To start, we just tried Jack on solids once a day, but when he hit the 5 month mark, we upped it to twice a day (morning and afternoon).

Most of the recipes below are based on those found in Annabel Karmel’s book, and can be prepared in batches.

Stewed Apple (Suitable for Freezing)

  1. Peel two large green apples, core and cut into small 1-2 inch cubes
  2. If steaming, steam the apples for about 15 minutes until soft. Retain a small amount of the juices that accumulate, and blend until puréed.
  3. If boiling, boil with 5-6 tablespoons of water over a low heat until soft. Purée in a blender, or using a hand blender.
  4. As an option, mix it up by adding a very small pinch of cinnamon to the apples before puréeing.

 

Our Guide to Introducing Stage 1 Solids (Including Simple Recipes)

Stewed Pear (Suitable for Freezing)

  1. Peel two large pears, core and cut into small 1-2 inch cubes
  2. If steaming, steam the pears for about 10 minutes until soft. Retain a small amount of the juices that accumulate, and blend until puréed.
  3. If boiling, boil with 4-5 tablespoons of water over a low heat until soft. Purée in a blender, or using a hand blender.

*Note, once baby is accustomed to each taste, apple and pear mixed makes a yummy combination!

Banana & Blueberry Purée

  1. Peel and slice 1/2 a banana, and wash 8-10 blueberries
  2. Blend until puréed. Serve immediately.

Our Guide to Introducing Stage 1 Solids (Including Simple Recipes)

Carrot & Parnsip Purée (Suitable for Freezing)

  1. Peel 1 large carrot and 1 large parsnip. Trim and slice.
  2. Steam for 15-20 minutes until soft. Retain some of the cooking liquid and purée with a blender.
  3. If boiling, simmer in a covered pan of boiling water for 20-25 minutes until soft. Blend until puréed.

Sweet Potato & Parsnip Purée (Suitable for Freezing)

  • Peel 1 large sweet potato and cut into 1-2 inch cubes. Peel, trim and slice 1 large parsnip.
  • Steam for 15-20 minutes until soft. Retain some of the cooking liquid and purée with a blender.
  • If boiling, simmer in a covered pan of boiling water for 20-25 minutes until soft. Blend until puréed.

Don’t stress if your child doesn’t immediately take to some of the foods you introduce to them. Play around with different tastes, and make it fun for both of you.

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2 thoughts on “Our Guide to Stage 1 Solids (Including Easy Recipes!)

  1. I wish they had baby storage bowls like that when my kids were younger! I made all of their food in the beginning and I just stored them in baby food jars.

  2. I love this! It’s definitely a fun time when starting your baby on solids! I did a lot of pureeing with my little one when he was younger as well and those little containers were super HELPFUL! I wish I would read the book you’ve recommended! Thanks so much for sharing!

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