Looking for substitutes for packaged baby food? Here are some great options right from the traditional Indian kitchens. Packed with nutrition and made with ingredients easily available in all our kitchens, these are a great way to avoid preservatives in packaged baby food.
This is a compilation of recipes from some of our favourite foodie sites. You'll find all the recipe links and videos attached with the note. Happy feeding your baby!
Homemade cereal porridge (Substitute for Ceralac)
Homemade cereal porridge to start babies on solids is best made at home to ensure the best and fresh ingredients and no added sugars as preservatives. https://hebbarskitchen.com/homemade-cerelac-recipe-6-month-plus/
Homemade vegetable purees
Starting your baby on vegetable purees is a good option at 8 to 10 months, as the early signs of dentition begin in the baby. Ensure fresh vegetables, and avoid anything that has been sitting in your refrigerator for a while. Recipe here https://hebbarskitchen.com/vegetable-puree-for-babies-fruit-puree/
Starting with textured foods
As the baby starts sitting up and gets more active, the need for nutrition goes up. These are the best of age old grandma's recipes for baby foods.
Ragi Porridge Recipe
Used as a 'start with solids' baby food in Karnataka, this is a very nutritious food.
Recipe and image from indianhealthyrecipes.com
Fig and apricot puree
Helps prevent constipation in teething children.
Recipe and images from tarladalal.com
For more ideas and information
Here's great reading with guidelines from Swasthi of indianhealthyrecipes.com
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