Baby Food: 8-10 Months! - The Gingered Whisk

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Baby Food: 8-10 Months!




 If you are following along with my baby food series, then boy do I have a lot for you today!!! You know have a whole slew of produce that you can introduce your baby to! I’m having a hard time keeping to the 4 day wait rule myself… I get excited every time I walk into the grocery store!! And I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am for the Farmers Market to open up in a few weeks!! Oh man, we are going to have so much fun!



Around this age, your pediatrician might tell you that you can start your baby on meats and dairy (whole yogurt) as well, but I felt that those needed their own separate posts. So those are coming up soon!!

Please remember to discuss new foods with your pediatrician before introducing them!



Fruit:
Blueberries – 9 months. Blueberries are not part of the “berry” family, so you can in fact feed them to your little one right now! They are actually related to cranberries. You can opt to stew them (simmer in ½ cup of water for 15 minutes), or chop them up and offer them as finger food. Remember though, they stain!! These mix well with apples, bananas, pears, plums, and peaches.
Cantaloupe/watermelon/melon – 8 months. Some babies may develop a slight rash with melons because of the acidity in them, and this is not a true allergy. You can simply puree these, they do not need to be cooked, however they are kind of runny and can be thickened with some cereal. These mix well with bananas, avocado, blueberries, peaches, carrots, summer squash.
Cherries – 8 months. Pit. Puree or squash. These mix well with apples, bananas, blueberries, nectarines, peaches, and sweet potatoes.
Cranberries – 9 months. These can cause possible rashes due to the acidity, and not a true allergy. Simmer for about 15 minutes. If you find that this puree is too tart, you may want to add a bit of apple juice to help sweeten it a little. However, some babies love tart flavors. These mix well with apples, bananas, blueberries, mango, peaches, and melons.
Grapes – 10 months. These are great when added to a baby feeder like this. You can even freeze them to help with teething! Please remember to cut grapes into small quarters when serving as a finger good, as these can be a big choking hazard! These combine well with avocados, blueberries, peaches, pears, carrots, summer squash, and sweet potatoes.
Kiwi – 8-10 months. Puree smooth. These mix well with apples, avocado, blueberries, peaches, and pears
Papaya – 8 months. Puree. These mix well with apples, avocado, bananas, blueberries, mango, peaches, carrots, winter squash, and sweet potato
Persimmon – 8-10 months. Pureed. These mix well with bananas, pears, apples, and winter squash

Zucchini!
Veggies:
Asparagus – between 8 and 10 months. Steam. These mix well with carrots, summer squash, and white potato. Be forewarned, these may make your baby’s pee smell funny! Just keep this in mind when you introduce it for four days in a row….
Broccoli – 8-10 months. Steam. These mix well with carrots, cauliflower, summer squash, potato (W&S), brown rice
Cucumber – 8-10 months. Remove seeds. Squish, no cooking needed. These mix well with apples, green beans, summer squash
White potatoes – 10 months.
Spinach – 10 months.
Parsnips – 8 months. Roasting or steaming. These mix well with apples, pears, carrots, green beans, peas, squash, rice
Summer Squash (Zucchini and yellow) Р8 months, steam or saut̩. These mix well with carrots, green beans, and peas.


Sauteed leeks with sweet potatoes and sweet baby peas

Onions, Peppers, Mushrooms and Leeks – 8-10 months. Add these to veggie dishes, don't serve alone (who wants to eat a big bowl of onion, anyway? ew). I made Leeks with sweet potatoes and baby peas, and my little one LOVED it!

(information for this post comes from http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/ )

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