Now, this is a real conundrum – what flavors to prepare for your child. As we have previously mentioned, in stage one you will introduce the flavor one by one, but starting from 7 or 8 months, you will start combining more ingredients as your child starts becoming more and more accustomed to solid food. Sometimes it can be fun to put a list of baby food flavors together.
So, in our search for flavor combos our child may like, we also stumbled on some unusual flavor combinations that aren’t exactly what we’d think of mixing together. But kids will be kids, and if it tastes good they are happy. If it is healthy, we are happy.
Of course, the craziest combinations come from putting meat and fruit together, or vegetables and fruit. However, what you thing shouldn’t taste good, tastes good to the baby, and you are free to experiment with different foods. This is the essence of preparing homemade food for the baby – experimentation. Your child needs a balanced diet made of both organic fruit and vegetables, and will need protein and iron. That’s why mixing the flavors is not only fun for the baby discovering tastes, but is also beneficial.
Also, be sure that what you’re giving your child is appropriate to their age. Mixing ingredients can also cause problems, as you won’t be able to recognize the potential allergen if there is one. This is indeed the most troubling part, which is why mixing should be reserved for when the child has tasted enough flavors and you’ve checked for allergies.
Veggies and Fruits
One of the most unusual combos are, like we said, the veggie-plus-fruit combos. Take, for example, squash, apple, and sweet potato combo. This is a very refreshing combination of flavors, as well as nutritious. You can also put a corn in it just for the heck of it, but be sure that your child isn’t allergic to acorns prior.
Another good combination is the green beans and apple combo. This is a dish very easily prepared and stocked with useful nutrients that your child’s growing body can really utilize. You can also swap out apples for pears, or even add them to the apples. Apples and pears are really juicy and you will be able to make a nice puree out of them, while green beans give the dish texture.
For young children banana is also a good flavor. Bananas are also filled with iron, and your baby will certainly appreciate the extra influx of this precious element. You can combine bananas with pumpkins, applesauce, and avocados, and even use them with cereal. Bananas are very easy to prepare, and you don’t need to use anything but a fork to mash them. Banana and cereal combo, along with some baby formula or breast milk, in earlier stages will create a very diverse dish and stocked with many useful minerals for the child.
At later stages, beginning at 9 months and continuing through to twelve, you can start putting meat into your homemade baby meals. At this time it is best you use chicken or even beef, but you can also use fish and turkey, although be sure that you have given fish to your little on a separate occasion, as fish is a major allergen and causes very strong allergic reactions.
You can combine chicken with many ingredients like applesauce, squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin or even pears. All of these ingredients will make a very fine and balanced out meal for your child. You can also swap out the chicken for beef or turkey. Also, be sure to cut the meat into very small chunks and pieces to avoid making them a choking hazard.
Another ingredient that can be used for some good and healthy dishes is tofu, albeit you ought to give it to your child only when it has graduated to stage 4 solid foods, or when it’s approximately 10-12 months old. You can combine it with applesauce and squash, or you can smash it together with avocados, pears, or even blueberries and bananas. However, make sure you cook the tofu thoroughly because it is quite chewy.
In addition to all these ingredients, you can start your baby on yogurt. At about 8 months your baby will have gotten used to plenty of solid foods, and their tummy is ready to digest lactose.
Some interesting combinations with yogurt are the carrot stew (peas, carrots with applesauce, rice and possibly yogurt), creamy apple pie (cereal, applesauce, yogurt with a little bit of cinnamon to add to the flavor), pumpkin pie (pumpkin puree with cereal, yogurt, powdered Cheerios and a pinch of cinnamon again, or nutmeg), and sweet potato pie (sweet potato, cereal, powdered Cheerios, yogurt).
A List of Baby Food Flavors
Well, that’s some good combos we have here, don’t we? Most of these combos involve fruit and vegetables, but there are some dishes with meat for older babies. Again, we advise that you previously give your child each of these ingredients individually so you can recognize the allergens. This goes especially for fish, for example, as it is a very strong allergen. Also be careful with yogurt, and remember what we talked about our the Organic Baby Yogurt article, and be sure to not use flavored yogurt and certainly not yogurt with sweeteners. Sweeteners are bad ingredients for your child under 12 months, and you should avoid them at all costs.
So, this is our little list of baby food flavors. However, babies are individuals and have their own likes and dislikes, (so make sure to comment and give a couple of your own conjured up crazy recipes, and have our other readers check and try them out!