When it comes to the best food for babies, you can be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed with the abundance of purees and other options on the market. Getting your little one to eat a well balanced diet as they embark on solid foods can mean long meal times, frustrated parents and a hungry baby. At Funch, we strive to make the healthiest and tastiest purees you can get your hands on and they will make mealtimes a breeze. Read on to find out everything you need to know about making your own baby food, what to feed your bub for optimal fibre intake and our range of delicious high fiber foods for babies.
How to make baby purees at home
Making baby purees at home can be a little messy and time consuming, but you can prepare, batch cook and store them in the freezer to use when you need them. You’ll need a stove top steamer, a mixing bowl, a stick blender or traditional blender, small containers and various cooking utensils.
Step 1. Choose the fruit, vegetables or combination of both that you want to make into a puree for your baby. It’s a great idea to introduce different items separately to understand your baby's tastes and pick up any allergies.
Step 2. Steam your fruit and vegetables in order to break them down into a more malleable texture that you can mash or blend easily. This will also help with your baby's digestion of the puree. Please note: Banana, kiwi and avocado require no cooking and can be added to puree in raw form.
Step 3. Once the fruit and vegetables have cooked to the point where they are easily pierced with a fork, allow them to cool so you can touch them without your fingers burning.
Step 4. It’s time to mash! You can do this in a few different ways. Manually with a masher or a fork, or in a traditional blender or using a stick blender and a bowl.
Step 5. Make sure the puree is a consistency that will be the best for your baby by testing it out after it has cooled a little. As a rule, purees will thicken up as they get cooler. You can add breast milk, cows milk, a milk alternative or even some warm tap water to loosen up the mixture for the desired consistency.
A quick tip - where you can, it’s best to serve fruit and vegetable puree to the baby fresh and warm, and try to have them consumed within a few hours of preparation if you aren’t planning to freeze them.
Try out these ideas for the best baby fruit and vegetable purees
Your imagination really is the only thing holding you back here. You will need to be patient and work with trial and error when it comes to finding the combinations your little one will love. Here are a few options we’ve come up with for what generally works best for high fiber foods for babies:
- Sweet Potato
- Dried Prune
- Dried Apricot
- Kiwi Fruit
- Apple & Pear
- Strawberry & Apple
- Plum & Banana
- Dried Figs
- Broccoli & Carrot
- Spinach & Apple
- Carrot & Sweet Potato
5 delicious high fibre foods for babies to eat
When your baby is visibly uncomfortable or distressed, it can be challenging to figure out exactly what it is that they require. Constipation can often cause your baby to have trouble sleeping, suffer stomach pains or cry excessively. A high fibre diet can loosen up your child’s stools, helping with their full cycle of digestion. Here are some foods that can assist your baby with constipation:
The whole rainbow of fruits carry much needed dietary fibre and multiple micronutrients that are integral to your baby’s health and wellbeing. One type of fruit a day is recommended for babies starting on solid foods. To start with, you can try these high fibre fruits: watermelon, apple, banana or strawberries. These are super easy to mash up or cut into small pieces for your bub to swallow with ease.
Served on their own, dried fruit pieces can be a choking hazard. Chopping them into tiny pieces can help your baby to digest them easily. We also suggest cooking them down and serving them in a pureed form. Prunes, apricots, dates and figs are all fantastic high fibre options for your baby.
The pulses and legumes family are made up of protein, potassium, iron and folate rich nutrients. A great source of daily fibre, your baby will love them as they are easily swallowed and taste great. Split peas, lentils, chickpeas and kidney beans are all a fantastic option when it comes to legumes and pulses.
Once your baby has started eating solids, introducing grains and cereals into their everyday diet is optimal. Cereals and grains offer your baby vital nutrients and fibre in every mouthful. You can try out whole grains like oatmeal, brown rice, barley, maize, wholewheat, quinoa, amaranth or buckwheat to see which one agrees with your baby best.
Vegetables will be the staple items when your bub starts eating solids. A fantastic source of fibre and multiple micronutrients, all the brightly coloured vegetables offer something unique. Spinach, broccoli, beans, sweet potatoes, corn and carrots can be cooked down together or separately to make delicious purees that babies love to eat. If your baby likes to chew things in small pieces, cooking vegetables in a steamer will lock in the nutrients and will be much easier for them to digest than serving them raw.
Buy Funch products, the best food for babies
There’s no doubt about it, keeping your baby happy and full of great nutritional food can be a challenge sometimes. Cooking your own purees is a fantastic way to know exactly what you’re feeding your infant, save money and get creative in the kitchen. We know that a lot of parents are time poor and exhausted, so the idea of making your own could be the last thing on your mind. Purchasing baby purees that are all natural and still absolutely delicious is also totally healthy and safe for your bub. Whether you prefer the DIY approach, or would rather save time and buy them, it is always a great idea to have a range of Funch purees and high fiber foods for babies on hand. Shop online today!