Paleo Baby Food Recipes: What’s the Best?
In this article we will try to give you some ideas for what to feed your newborn or toddler when they are first born. There are many different types of foods which could be used during their early years. Some of them might not even have any ingredients at all!
Here are some of the best paleo baby food recipes:
1) Yogurt – You can use plain yogurt, but if you want to make it into a healthy drink then you need to add fruit juice or other sweetener.
Also, do not forget to put some fruits in the milk too. If you don’t like dairy products then there are also several yogurts without lactose (milk sugar).
2) Fruit Juice – A good source of vitamins and minerals.
You can choose from apple, banana, orange, pear or peach. If you prefer a sweeter drink then you can use berries instead of fruit juices.
For example, strawberries or blueberries would work well with fruit juice.
3) Milk – Again, milk is very rich in nutrients and contains protein and calcium as well as other vital substances such as fat soluble vitamins A & D.
You can use whole, semi-skimmed or skimmed milk.
4) Carrots – Carrots contain beta-carotene, which the body converts into Vitamin A.
5) Chicken – Very easy to chew and swallow, and is also very rich in iron.
Can be boiled, baked or cooked in a casserole. Can be bought as baby food in jars if you do not have the time to prepare it from fresh.
6) Broccoli – This vegetable is very rich in fiber, potassium, zinc and selenium.
It also contains glucosinolates which help to detoxify hormones and stop cancer forming.
7) Beef – Another good source of iron, and can be served in cubes or as a stew.
Boiled beef can also be blended into a puree.
8) Sweet Potato – High in fiber as well as complex carbohydrates.
Also rich in Vitamin A and contains some protein.
9) Fish – Obtained from fish fingers, stew or tuna melt.
Contains high quality protein as well as Omega 3 fatty acids, which are vital for the brain, the nerves, the skin and the joints. (Sardines are often recommended because they are very nutritious and cheap).
10) Lamb – Good for young children because it is very soft and easy to chew. Rich in protein and fat, which helps with brain development.
Also contains iron.
After the age of one you can start giving them some of your food. You should not worry because many foods which are healthy for adults are also good for children.
Also, you can introduce a few foods which are not exactly healthy every once in a while.
Some of the best foods for one to year olds include:
1) Eggs – Good source of protein and also contain some vitamins and minerals.
You can cook them anyway you want as long as you serve them without the shells.
2) Honey – It’s a good idea to give your baby honey before they grow up.
It helps the growth of healthy bacteria in their body and also assists with allergies in the future. Do not give them honey water though, because that can make them sick.
3) Orange Juice – A glass of OJ every day will give them lots of Vitamin C which helps the immune system to grow strong.
But, make sure it’s not from concentrate.
4) Peanut Butter – It can be served with crackers or on bread as a snack, or even on apple slices.
It is rich in nutrients and healthy fats.
5) Salmon – A nice fatty fish which is easy to digest.
6) Green Beans – A good source of fiber and Vitamin C, but make sure they are not cooked for too long because that destroys the Vitamin C.
7) Carrots – Beta-carotene gives them that nice bright orange color and helps their eyesight, but do not give them too many because it can cause stomach aches if they eat too many.
8) Brown Rice – Very healthy and easy to digest, but it takes time, so don’t make it the main part of their lunch or they might not have the energy to play at lunchtime.
9) Oatmeal – A slow digesting carb which gives them sustained energy throughout the day.
Good for cold mornings too. Taken with some fruit or honey.
10) Yogurt – Rich in calcium which is good for their growing bones, and full of proteins.
11) Whole Eggs – Another great source of protein. You can scramble them with some peppers and onions to make them fun to eat.
As your baby grows up you can slowly introduce more types of food. But, never forget to keep it fun.
You do not want them to develop a distaste for any certain food because of overcooking or other mistakes.
1) Common Foods – A list of common foods with information on their nutritional value.
2) Vegetables for Babies – A short list of vegetables suitable for babies.
3) Common Allergens – A list of the most common food allergens and how to avoid them.
4) Getting Pregnant – A brief overview of how to get pregnant and the changes you might notice while you are.
5) How To Tell if Food is Bad – A list of foods and the signs that show you that they have gone bad.
6) First Foods – A short list of first (soft) foods suitable for babies and how to prepare them.
7) Weaning – The process of introducing solid foods to babies and children.
8) How to Bottle Feed – A step by step guide to bottle feeding babies.
9) How to Make Formula – A brief overview of how to make formula at home.
10) Using a Mortar and Pestle – How to use a simple kitchen tool which can be used for many things including grinding herbs and spices, medicines and even certain types of paint.
11) Boil WaterSafe – How to make sure your water is safe before you drink it.
12) How Long Does Food Stay Good – A guide to how long you can keep different foods for.
13) Food Allergy Warning Signs – What the signs of an allergy are and what to do if you think your child is having an allergic reaction to a certain food.
14) First Aid for Food Borne Illnesses – What you need to do if someone gets sick from eating bad food.
15) Infant Acid Reflux – Some babies suffer from acid reflux and throw up their food a lot, here are some ways of reducing the symptoms.
16) Different Types of Infant Bottles – A list of the different types of bottles available and which are best for which age group.
17) Infant Carriers – A list of the different types of baby carriers and which are best for your infant.
18) How to Make Your Own Baby Food – A guide to making your own baby food from scratch.
19) How Long Does it Take to Formula Feed an Infant – A guide on how long it takes to feed an infant depending on their age.
20) How to Make Your Own Bottles – A guide on how to make your own bottles for formula.
21) How to Make Your Own Soap – A guide on how to make your own soap for washing bottles, nipples etc.
22) How to Make Your Own Pacifiers – A guide on how to make your own pacifiers.
23) How to Make Your Own Wipes – A guide on how to make your own cloth wipes.
24) How to Make and Use a Nursing Cover – A guide on how to make and use a nursing cover/scarf.
25) Home Water Purification Methods – A list of different ways of making bad water safe to drink.
26) Medication and Baby Food – A short guide on how long you can keep medication before it expires and what to do about it.
27) Newborn Health Concerns – A list of common health issues that affect newborn babies and some ways of dealing with them.
Sitting Up vs Crawling – Which is best for your baby: sitting up or crawling?
Soap in Baby Bath Water – Is it good or bad to put soap in a baby’s bath water?
What to Put on a Burn – What do you use on a burn?
Vitamins & Calcium
Why are vitamins and calcium important for my baby?
Vitamins and calcium help your baby to develop properly and grow. They are necessary for all bodily functions from cell growth to organ function and bone strength.
Children and adults need some vitamins in small amounts each day but babies need much more because they are still developing.
Which vitamins do I need and why?
Babies need many different vitamins for their bodies to grow and develop properly. They are all needed in very small amounts and if your child eats a varied diet then they should get enough vitamins without you needing to give them any supplements.
If you are concerned that your child isn’t getting enough vitamins from their food then you can ask your pediatrician about vitamin drops but bear in mind that babies need calories for their growth too and vitamin drops often have little or no calories in them.
What foods contain vitamins and calcium?
An extensive list of foods that contain calcium can be found here.
Vitamins are found naturally in many different types of food but they are also added to many processed foods, especially breakfast cereals.
Meat, especially liver and shellfish are good sources of vitamin B12 and lamb is a good source of vitamin B6. Green leafy vegetables are good sources of vitamin K.
What are the RDIs of vitamins for babies?
Below is a table of the RDIs (Recommended Daily Intakes) of some of the more important vitamins for a growing baby.
Three month old babies need half the amount shown below for their weight.
Vitamin RDA (mg) RDA (IU) Vitamin A 600 900 Vitamin D 5 10 Vitamin E 4 7 Vitamin K 3.5 7 Vitamin C 60 90 Thiamin 1.5 2.0 Riboflavin 1.3 2.1 Niacin 14 20 Vitamin B6 1.7 2.5 Folate 400 600 Vitamin B12 0 0.4 Biotin 6 8 Pantothenic Acid 7 10
Calcium is not an RDA (Recommended Daily Intake) as the body can keep a store of it but the amount of calcium a growing baby needs is between 800 and 1200mg per day.
Are there any vitamins that I should avoid giving to my baby?
Yes. It is best to avoid giving your baby any supplements or fortified foods unless prescribed by a doctor. Some vitamins can be very dangerous in large amounts so it is best not to give babies anything other than what they would get in a normal varied diet.
How can I introduce calcium into my baby’s diet?
A good way to give your baby calcium is to give them milk. Babies under one year old should not have access to a bottle of milk all day as this can mean they become dehydrated so they need other fluids too.
Other ways of getting calcium into your baby’s diet include:
Cheese – Low fat cottage cheese or other soft types of cheese are good for your baby. Low fat cheese contains calcium which is important for your baby’s growth.
Sardines – Sardines are a form of fish and a good source of calcium.
Sweetcorn – Sweetcorn has as much calcium as milk but shouldn’t be fed to your child on its own as it doesn’t have many other nutrients in it.
What vitamins should I give my baby during the cold winter months?
Vitamin D is very important for babies health as their bodies cannot produce it themselves and they need it to absorb calcium from their food. Without enough Vitamin D, your baby’s bones can become weak and break easily.
Vitamin D comes from exposing your baby’s skin to sunshine for short periods of time or you can give your baby vitamin drops containing Vitamin D.
Your baby will probably sleep for around 16 hours a day! This can be broken down into:
4 hours of wakefulness during the night
4 hour nap during the day
7 hours of nighttime sleep
Sleeping through the night can be achieved between the ages of three and six months.
Is my baby getting enough sleep?
A good rule of thumb is if your baby is sleeping more than twenty hours a day they are probably not getting enough sleep.
When can my baby start to sleep through the night?
Most babies begin sleeping through the night between the ages of three and six months.
Once your baby begins sleeping through the night you may find you sleep longer as well as you won’t need to get up in the night to feed your baby.
How can I teach my baby to sleep through the night?
There are a few different methods for teaching your baby to sleep through the night. Some parents prefer a structured schedule while others prefer ‘demand feeding’. Experiment with what works best for you and your baby.
Here are some tips on getting your baby to sleep through the night:
Always have a set time for bedtime, bedtime rituals will become very important to help your child know when it is time for sleep.
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