After 4-6 months of age, if breast milk no longer fully satisfies your baby, you can start giving a first lunchtime vegetable puree.
Your baby's first foods should be easy to digest and free from common allergens, just in case. The first non-milk meal is usually a vegetable or fruit purée. It is easier to start with carrot purée because it is mild, easily digested and slightly sweet in taste. Parsnip, pumpkin, apple and pear are also suitable.
Just before a milk feed, try a tiny taste of purée on a soft weaning spoon and see what happens! If your baby pushes it straight back out then try again another day, however if it goes well try feeding 1-2 teaspoons. Don’t worry if not very much goes down at first as your little one’s needs are still being met by the milk. Avoid wasting Holle purée by decanting some in to a bowl first.
If your baby is happy with just one ingredient for a week or two you can add potato purée or a small amount of Holle Organic Rice Baby Porridge to the purée.
Afterwards, you can add to the vegetable/potato purée some puréed meat two to three times a week or try another vegetable such as spinach with rice.
To increase the availability of essential fatty acids we recommend adding 1-2 teaspoons of Holle Organic Baby Weaning Oil.
Exclusively breastfed babies get all the liquid they need through breast milk. Similarly, bottle feeds provide your baby with enough liquid. Only in certain circumstances such as periods of high temperature or diarrhoea do you need to compensate for lost liquids. However, should your baby still be thirsty you can give additional drinks. Holle Organic Baby Tea or unsweetened fennel tea are both suitable, as is still mineral water suitable for babies or good quality previously boiled tap water.
You can steam the vegetables yourself and then purée them; alternatively, with a glass grater you can quickly and easily make the finest purée of fruit and vegetables, even in small amounts, while retaining all the vital nutrients your growing baby needs, or of course there is the Holle range of jars.
Jars of baby food are easy to serve at room temperature. To start with though, your baby won't even come close to finishing one off! You can void waste by decanting just what you need for a feed into a bowl; the rest can be refrigerated (check product packaging for number of days). Don’t feed directly from the jar if you are planning on saving some for another day.
Homemade food can be frozen providing all hands and utensils are thoroughly cleaned beforehand and the food is defrosted slowly in the refrigerator.
If you're using baby food that's been opened and stored in the fridge and want to serve it warm, make sure you heat it up until it's piping hot, then cool it to a safe temperature before feeding your baby.
Below are examples of how you can gradually introduce more solid foods with the Holle jars:
Vegetable Meal 1st Week: Introduce carrots or parsnips (1 variety per week) 2nd Week: Continue with potatoes (carrots & potato or parsnip & potato) 3rd Week: Continue with meat (carrots, potato & meat or parsnip, potato & meat) Holle Organic Baby Weaning Oil is rich in essential fatty acids, a good energy source and an important part of a balanced weaning diet.