Once Little Big H turned 6 months I started adding protein to his diet. I also started adding herbs & spices, nuts, eggs, beans, grains, seeds, etc. I tried most foods individually then made combinations there of.
In the beginning I steamed all meat and vegetables and blended to make a smooth puree. Once Little Big H had tried most ingredients individually, I started getting a little more adventurous. I made purees that were also baked, braised, roasted, etc. Gradually I started leaving soft lumps so he would get used to different textures.
As mentioned on the 4 to 6 months page. In Australia it is now recommended to give babies all food types from 4 months. This includes meat, fish, eggs, nuts and other foods considered highly allergic. Please note that I am not a doctor or nutritionist, I am just sharing what worked for my son. Please consult your health professional if you have any concerns about introducing new foods or you have a history of allergies in your family.
I buy organic fresh produce to make baby food. See why here.
A good way to introduce meat is to add it to previously made vegetable purees. Any of the vegetable purees on the 4-6 month page could have a protein added.
- Chicken, sweet potato & date
- Chicken, corn, zucchini & leek
- Cream of chicken
- Chicken, corn & apricots
- Chicken, green beans & leek
- Chicken, granny smith apple and thyme – guest post
- Chicken, carrot and cumin
- Chicken, bok choy, potato and coriander
- Beef, kohlrabi & potato
- Baby beef pie with potato
- Beef, celery, tomato & potato
- Lamb with mixed vegetables
- Tin tuna & corn
- Salmon & cauliflower
- Sole Puree with cauliflower & wilof
- Sole with red grapes and fennel – guest post
- Potato, Leek & tomato
- Carrots cooked in coconut milk
- Pumpkin, pea & chia seeds
- Zucchini Flan (contains egg)
- Kohlrabi, carrot & apple slaw (lightly steamed)
- Cucumber Raita
- Pea, pear & chia seeds
- Roast pumpkin with ginger
- Roast pumpkin with chickpeas & coriander
- Risotto – try Pumpkin / corn / pea / carrot
- Baby vegetable bake with Kale
- Cauliflower with creme fraise and cheese
Fruit Purée Ideas
I started leaving some fruit raw at this point. Others I continued to steam/cook on the stove top and make into purees to add to other fruit combinations. Once cooked I blended with the cooking juices or added water until smooth. Little Big H loves yoghurt so I often add a dollop to the fruit purees for a quick breakfast, dessert or afternoon snack.
Try any of the fruit purees on the 4-6 month page but leave the berries uncooked. Simply mash with a fork.
- Raw blueberries, cooked apple & cinnamon
- Raw raspberries, mango and natural yoghurt swirl
- Raw blackberries, banana, natural yoghurt & chia seeds
- Raw strawberries, cooked apple and vanilla bean
- Raw kiwi fruit
- Cooked apple with raw orange
- Sous Vide apricots with rosewater
- Nectarine and mint
- Cooked peaches with vanilla bean
- Berry Coulis – guest post
- Summer fruit puree
- Stone fruit compote
- Sugar-free custard – add a range of flavours for variety
- Scrambled eggs with full cream cows milk (once he had tried all components individually)
- Yoghurt – Organic sugar-free natural yoghurt is best, or greek yoghurt. Add to any of the fruit purees to make a sweet treat
- Porridge with grilled banana, apple and rhubarb
- Bircher Muesli soaked overnight in yoghurt – served with fruit
- Pasta – I gave Little Big H Bellamy’s Organic Pasta from 7 months in small quantities. Usually as a side to a meat or vegetable puree
- Cheese – I gave Big H Laughing Cow spreadable cheese in small quantities. (More so he could get used to the taste)