Meal Ideas for 6-9 month old babies approved by fussy Miss Gini
I am not the first one to say this. I certainly won’t be the last. Feeding babies is one wooly mammoth of a task! Babies are notorious for being extremely choosy about their likes and dislikes. And to add insult to injury, they are pretty flaky too. What works today can result in a ginormous tantrum tomorrow.
So what should us mothers do? Invest in industrial strength earplugs and force feed them against their wishes? Throw our hands in the air and hope air, water and milk will sustain them? Neither sounds right, I know. So, really, what can mothers of fussy eaters do?
Invent. Mix and match. Pray.
At least that’s what I am doing. No, I don’t have a 100% success rate. I am somewhere between 55 and 75% But for now, that is all that I can ask for.
If you are struggling to feed your fussy eater, I hear you! Here are two of my favourites. The big guns, I call them, pulling them out every now and then:
(Note: It’s always safe to get recipes okayed by your baby’s doctor beforehand)
1/2 a banana
1/2 a pear
2 tbsp cottage cheese/yogurt
A pinch of cinnamon
Unsalted butter for frying
In a pan, heat a little butter. Add thinly sliced pieces of pear and banana. Fry till they are golden and slightly mushy. Add a dash of boiled water along with cinnamon. Cover and cook in low heat for 5-7 mins. Purée the fruits and add two tablespoons of full fat cottage cheese or yogurt. Add a little infant oatmeal and a yummy breakfast is ready.
Works equally well with the peach-banana or apple-banana combinations.
Yummy Veggies in Cheese Sauce
Half cup diced vegetables of choice (I use butternut squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower)
2 tbsp rice cereal
2 tbsp grated white cheddar
A hint of dried parsley
Full fat milk
Steam veggies and purée. In a pan, heat butter, add rice cereal and mix. Add enough milk to it to get a soupy consistency. Stir continuously to avoid lumps. Turn off the heat and add the grated cheese and parsley. Mix in the vegetable purée and serve.
I hope your little ones take to these recipes. Please share with me your feeding secrets in the comments below!