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2nd Stage Homemade Baby Food Recipes ( 7-9 months)

No one can eat the same thing every day. In a similar vein, babies cannot eat the same meals every other day. They will eventually grow bored and begin to refuse food, which will make you concerned about their health. To solve this issue, you must have to modify your 1st stage food recipes to 2nd stage food recipes. In this manner, you will convince your baby to consume a wide range of foods and provide them access to all of the essential nutrients without losing their interest. However, the mere concept of preparing a fresh meal for your child every day could make you feel worn out. But there's nothing to worry about. Once your kid has reached stage 2, you may simply update their stage 1 food purees for a greater flavor. Stage 2 refers to children aged 7-9 months.


2nd Stage Homemade Baby Food Recipes
2nd Stage Homemade Baby Food Recipes

What Are 2nd Stage Baby Foods?

Stage 2 baby food recipes would increase puree flavor by adding more ingredients, and you can even introduce meat and other items into their diet. These purees are incredibly quick and easy to make, and they will excite your baby's taste buds. All the ingredients can be easily found in your pantry or fridge and will be a piece of cake to prepare.

For stage two baby foods you can opt for thicker and lumpier purees. You can combine two groups of foods like meat with vegetables or rice or lentils with leafy greens. Additionally, you can also combine multiple fruits with your choice of nuts and blend them. As all these add nutrients and vitamins to the diet.



Baby enjoying homemade food
Baby enjoying homemade food

Although packaged baby foods are also ok, giving them daily to your baby may not be very good. As they lack the health benefits that natural and organic foods have they could be harmful to your child. So it's better to prepare homemade meals for your baby with only natural ingredients and no harmful preservatives. While you can experiment with several ingredients to make baby purees like grains, meat, fruits, and vegetables some items will be a must-have in all of the recipes.


You’ll need:

  • A pot or cooker

  • A blender or food processor

  • A masher

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables

  • Your choice of protein

  • Water or milk

  • Food containers

  • Bowl and spoon

1. Peach, Strawberry, and Mango Puree

Ingredients:

  • Fresh peaches sliced

  • Fresh strawberries

  • Fresh mangoes cubed

  • Milk

  • Honey

Directions:

  1. In a pot add a little water and steam or cook peaches until tender.

  2. Remove the skin from peaches.

  3. In a blender add mangoes, strawberries, and peaches.

  4. Add in 2 to 3 tbsp of milk and half tbsp of honey.

  5. Blend until smooth.

2. Broccoli, Green Beans, and Peas

Ingredients:

  • Broccoli

  • Green beans

  • Peas

  • Water

Directions:

  1. Wash all the vegetables thoroughly.

  2. In a pot or cooker, steam or boil chopped broccoli, peas, and green beans.

  3. Once cooked, add them to a blender with 2 to 3 tbsp of water.

  4. Blend until a smooth and creamy texture is achieved.

3. Spinach and Lentils


Ingredients:

  • Spinach

  • Lentils of your choice

  • Salt

  • Black Pepper powder

  • Cumin powder

Directions:

  1. Wash spinach and lentils thoroughly.

  2. In a pot boil lentils and chopped spinach.

  3. Add half tsp of each salt, black pepper powder, and cumin powder.

  4. Cook for 6 to 7 minutes or until the lentils are cooked perfectly.

  5. Once done, let it cool and blend or mash until smooth.

4. Banana, Oatmeal, Strawberry

Ingredients:

  • Banana

  • Strawberry

  • Oatmeal

  • Milk

  • Honey

  • Almonds

Directions:

  1. In a pot, cook oatmeal with milk.

  2. In a bowl, take one ripe banana, and strawberries, and chop them.

  3. Add the chopped fruits to the cooked oatmeal and mash everything with the help of a masher.

  4. Add half tsp of honey and chopped almonds.

  5. Mix everything well and serve.


5. Lentils and Rice (khichdi)

Ingredients:

  • Lentils of choice (washed and soaked) - 4 tbsp

  • Rice (washed and soaked) - 6 tbsp

  • Water - ½ cup

  • Salt

  • Ghee

  • Cumin Powder

  • Turmeric Powder

  • Red chili powder

Directions:

  1. In a cooker, boil lentils and rice together for 7 to 8 minutes or until perfectly cooked.

  2. Add 1 tsp of salt, half tsp of each cumin powder, turmeric powder, and ¼ tsp of red chili powder.

  3. Once everything is cooked completely add half a tbsp of ghee and mix.

  4. Let it cool for a bit and then mash it manually.

  5. Serve warm.


6. Broccoli and Chicken

Ingredients:

  • Broccoli - 5 to 6 florets

  • Chicken - ½ gram

  • Water - 1 cup

  • Garlic cloves - 3 to 4

  • Ginger - ½ inch piece

  • Salt - ½ tsp

  • Black pepper - ½ tsp

Directions:

  1. In a pot add water, chicken, broccoli, salt, pepper, garlic, and ginger.

  2. Cook for 7 to 8 mins.

  3. Once done, take out the chicken, and reserve the broth while discarding ginger and garlic.

  4. In a blender, blend chicken and broccoli with 3 to 4 tbsp of reserved broth.

  5. Serve once smooth consistency is achieved.

7. Carrot and Sweet Potatoes


Ingredients:

  • Carrots

  • Sweet Potatoes

  • Water

  • Milk

Directions:

  1. Wash carrots and sweet potatoes.

  2. Peel carrots and cut them into cubes.

  3. In a pot or cooker, add a bit of water and steam or cook carrots and sweet potatoes.

  4. Cook for 5 mins or until tender and soft.

  5. Once done, peel the skin of the sweet potatoes.

  6. Add the cooked vegetables to a blender along with 2 to 3 tbsp of milk.

  7. Blend until smooth and creamy.

Things To Remember

  1. Stage 2 baby foods are just an upgraded version of stage 1 meals. You can experiment with several ingredients and see what your baby enjoys the most. As your little one will be growing rapidly their hunger may increase. These meals will fulfill their appetite as all of them are packed with fiber and proteins.

  2. Additionally, they contain essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, potassium, iron, and calcium benefiting your child’s early development.

  3. While introducing new items, make sure to consult your pediatrician and check out for any possible allergies. Furthermore, make sure that the food is easy to digest and does not contain any hard or big pieces.

  4. Use only fresh and organic produce for your baby. The meals with proteins like chicken or lentils could be a bit heavier for tiny stomachs so make sure not to overfeed your child. Only a few bites will be enough; you can store the rest in any food container for later use.

Conclusion


Baby food recipes have to be modified with their developmental stages. Once your baby has come to the 7-9 month period, you can hop on the 2nd stage baby food recipe and make your baby's food plan more scrumptious and appetizing. We have listed the ingredients and directions of 7 baby food recipes for the second stage. If you are a mother and have some amazing recipes to try on, tell us in the comments below!

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