Homemade or packaged baby food: the second phase begins!
Your child is now between five and seven months old and milk by itself is no longer enough. And so, you start feeding solid foods. Let's face it: at the beginning, it’s something that you must learn how to do. Feeding the first solid food to your baby often turns into a test of patience for both baby and parents.
Normally you start with the noontime feeding with vegetables such as parsnips and carrots. But things don’t always go as planned. Keep calm.
Because it's also fun to see how the baby wrinkles up her nose or concentrates and spits up at least half what was eaten. Half? Approximation by default! And why does a meal of carrots always finish on the walls or on white clothes? With the pureed parsnips, it never happens! The mystery remains unsolved, but there are empirical experiments that confirm the phenomenon. One thing is certain: at Lidl, you’ll find Sun Baby or Plasmon baby food in all the colours of your clothes and your walls!
Normally you then add potatoes and, starting from the third week, many parents begin to give meat to the baby. At that point diapers begin to take on a different smell, but let's not dwell on this subject!
Homemade or packaged baby food?
As often happens, there are differing opinions in this case. So why not take the best from the two solutions? Homemade is fun (you can get the fresh vegetables at Lidl) and buying ready-made jars is practical: the Sun Baby and the Plasmon by Lidl range ensures your baby can have a wide choice. So, if you want to look for baby food recipes, or if you want to create them and if you like to cook for your baby, then this is the ideal solution for weaning.
Baby food can be frozen, preferably in small portions
If you make homemade baby food directly in large quantities, you can divide it into portions and freeze. Ice cube trays are particularly suitable for this. But clearly you have to clean them well and cover them carefully. Or you can use plastic ice cube bags. There are also containers for use in the freezer. The choice is yours.There are many recipes for weaning on the Internet but the base is always the same. Vegetables (carrots, parsnips, squash, fennel - at Lidl everything you need is close at hand) and/or potatoes cut into small pieces and boiled. But do not cook too long, otherwise the vitamins disappear. If you add meat, it is best to cook it separately, because cooking times are different. In the end, you have to puree everything, adding a little cooking liquid and canola oil. No need to add flavourings: your baby already has enough stimuli with the new flavours that are being given.
Ready-made baby food? Certainly, and with a clear conscience!
The quality of our baby food is subject to strict controls and that is why it is optimal. Don't stress if you lack the desire to go crazy in the kitchen. Lidl baby food jars are a convenient and practical alternative.
Do you want some other advice for weaning?
Even if you prefer to feed the baby quickly rather than let him create a disaster, give him a chance to have some fun. Let him make a mess for a while. Meanwhile you can take three deep breaths.
Or compromise: let your child hold his spoon, but continue to feed him anyway. You'll see that it works!