Here are some ideas to help you introduce common allergy causing foods to your baby.
If your baby has had what could be an allergic reaction or is allergic to a particular food, do not feed your baby that food and see your doctor for further advice.
First Foods — Around 6 months, but not before 4 months
The first foods you give to your baby need to be smooth, such as pureed food. The food should be sloppy and smooth with no lumps.
The amount the baby eats will vary each day from 1 teaspoon up to 3—4 tablespoons at mealtime. To start with, offer your baby solid foods once a day. Over time you can offer solid foods 2—3 times a day. Let your baby decide how much to eat.
You can mix a small amount of the common allergy causing food with fruit or vegetable puree or iron-fortified baby cereal. Here are some food ideas:
Mix a small amount of well cooked egg (e.g. hard-boiled egg) with baby cereal or vegetable puree
Mix a small amount of peanut flour or smooth peanut butter/paste/spread with baby cereal or fruit puree
Mix a small amount of custard (unsweetened plain) or yoghurt (full fat, unsweetened plain) with baby cereal or fruit puree
Try semolina porridge mixed with breast milk or infant formula
Try soft tofu, mashed
Remove the bones, then steam and puree
Around 7 — 9 months
Once your baby is eating smooth textured foods well, you can start to give them foods that are more lumpy in texture.
Try mashed, grated, minced and finely chopped foods. You can also try soft finger-foods that your baby can hold and chew. Here are some food ideas:
Hard-boiled egg with mashed avocado or mashed sweet potato. You can also offer thoroughly cooked scrambled egg
From around 8 months, try offering peanut spread on small pieces of bread or finely ground peanuts on casseroles.
Try offering nut spreads on small pieces of bread
Try well-cooked soy beans, mashed
Add finely grated cheese to lumpy mashed vegetables or offer grated cheese as a finger food
You could also make a cheese sauce to go with some mashed vegetables or mixed with cooked fish or pasta
Ricotta or cottage cheeses mixed with fruit, avocado or mashed vegetables is another option
Oat porridge cooked with cow's milk
You can keep offering smooth textures such as custards and yoghurts while you introduce the lumpy more textured foods
Try small pasta (e.g. risoni) or cous cous added to mashed vegetables and meat
Well-cooked spiral pasta is a good finger food
Offer bread (fresh or toasted) with a spread on it
Try offering pikelets
Steam and flake (break up) the fish and mix with a cheese sauce
Try tinned tuna (no added salt), drained and mixed into mashed vegetables
Try crabmeat or prawns, steamed, minced and mixed with mashed vegetables
Around 10 — 12 months
Once your baby is eating lumpy foods well, you can start to give them foods that have more texture.
Try soft chopped foods and finger foods. Here are some food ideas:
Try feeding your baby an omelette either cut up into pieces on its own or chopped into fried rice.
Peanut or other nut spreads on bread or toast is a simple way to feed these foods to your baby at this age.
Try adding pesto sauce containing ground up nuts to pasta
You could also use almond meal to make muffins
Try cow’s milk on cereal or soft cheese cut into cubes
You could also try cheese spread on bread or crackers
Add wheat based noodles to cooked vegetables
Make up sandwiches and cut them up
Try Weet-BixTM cereal with milk and chopped banana
Try more varieties of fish (e.g. fresh salmon steamed)
Try fish patties or a fish casserole
Tuna or salmon pasta or served with rice, noodles or cooked vegetables
Try crab cakes
Prawns, pan fried or steamed with noodles and cooked vegetables
Scallops, steamed and chopped and added to rice and cooked vegetables
Hummus dip made from tahini (sesame paste)
Stir fry vegetables with sesame oil
Sprinkle sesame seeds on meat, cooked vegetables or rice
Use bread with sesame seeds to make sandwiches or toast
Cubed tofu can be added to noodles and cooked vegetables
Recipes for your baby
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