Potato is a good source of carbs and energy. It is the safest veg you can introduce as an early food. It is good for baby’s gastrointestinal health.
POINTS TO BE CONSIDERED IN INTRODUCING SOLIDS
- Till six months, baby is breastfed or formula fed. Whenever you start solid, you should start with breakfast or lunch.
- Introduce only one food at a time and allow the baby to become familiar with the food for 2-3 days before trying to give another for.
- If baby responds well and does not show any signs of allergy, then you can continue.
- Give very small amount of any new food at the beginning, for eg- 1 tsp. Use a thin consistency when starting solid foods.
HOW TO FEED
- Infants cannot eat large quantities of food in one sitting at a given time, so they should be fed small quantities.
- Make sure your baby are fed seated, not laying down. Help your baby to sit in your lap if he/she cannot sit properly. If he/she can sit, must have a high chair.
- Food should be of semi-solid for easy swallowing. Sometimes your baby tends to spit it out, this should not be mistaken as dislike for the food.
- You should give semi-solid food every day for physiological maturity of swallowing.
FOODS TO AVOID (6-12 MONTHS)
- SALT: Don’t use salt, as baby’s kidneys are still developing. Salt can harm them. baby contains required sodium from breastmilk/ formula milk and other solid foods.
- SUGAR: Don’t add sugar because it could encourage a sweet tooth and lead to tooth decay when the first teeth start to come through.
- HONEY: Honey can contain a type of bacteria which can produce toxins in the baby’s intestines and can cause infant botulism. Don’t give it till your baby is one year old, even for easing cold.
- WHOLE NUTS: They are unsuitable for your baby under the age of 5 years because the risk of chocking. Use powdered nuts.
- FOODS WITH CHOCKING RISK: Jelly, gummy candies, hard candies, chewing gums, whole green peas, whole beans like chana or rajma, cough drops, popcorn, peanut butter etc. Remember to cut fruits like grapes cherry tomatoes into quarters before serving, and shred or cut meats and cheese into very small pieces.
- Egg whites and cow’s milk.
LET’S PROCEED TO THE RECIPE
Potato: 1 (medium)
Water: 1/2 cup
Breastmilk: 2 teaspoons (optional)
- First, clean and wash potato with water for 2-3 times. Now peel and cut into 2 pieces.
- Transfer to a pressure cooker and add water. Put it on medium flame and cook till 3-4 whistles.
- Turn off the flame and let the steam released itself.
- open the lid and check potato is properly cooked or not. If required, cook for some more time.
- Transfer to a bowl to cool completely. Now make a smooth paste with the help of a food masher.
- For taste, you can add 2 teaspoons of breastmilk.
- Transfer to a bowl.
- Puree is ready to give.
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