The most important thing you should take into consideration when thinking to apply for you and baby weekly meal planners is your baby’s age, your health state, and your baby’s health condition.
Usually, until the age of 6 months, the babies should be exclusively fed with milk. Breast milk is the best choice for your baby, at least until he’s 6 months old but formula milk is also a viable option if you can’t breastfeed your baby, for a reason or another.
Gradually, since your baby’s 6 months old, you can introduce solid foods. Some specialists even recommend the introduction of some solid food from the age of 4 months.
So, diversification of your baby’s diet should begin after the age of 6 months, regardless of which type of milk he receives.
Age is not the only aspect that you need to keep in mind when you start diversifying your baby’s diet.
There are also some signs of growth and development stages that make a baby able to start tasting solid foods:
- baby can hold his head alone
- baby can sit on his bottom, alone, without any support
- if the baby’s body weight doubled since his birth
- your baby shows interest in solid food and try to snatch the food from your hand and to taste it
- the first teeth erupted
- your baby manages to keep the food in the mouth and chew it for at least a few seconds before removing it or swallowing it
How do you prepare and what to expect?
If your baby has reached the age and development stage proper to taste the first solid foods, then you should know that the first meal of the baby will be loaded with emotions. To avoid everything to turn into chaos, it’s important to keep in mind a few things before giving the first spoon of food to your baby, and make up a meal plan, as it follows:
- Provide all necessary accessories for diversification, so that feeding is easier and safer (bowl, teaspoon, table chair, and so forth)
- Start with food that is ‘friendly’ with the baby’s poorly developed stomach. In order to make the transition easier, try mixing cereals that are specially produced for children of this age, with milk. According to experts, other babies’ favorite foods at the beginning of diversification include bananas, pears, avocados, or sweet potatoes, all of them prepared in the form of a thin cream, such as a puree.
- Be prepared to be refused. The baby will stain himself from face to feet, will spit the food out of his mouth, and he will even play with the food. Do not give up immediately because the baby needs time to get used to the texture and the taste of the new foods. Test the baby’s reaction first with your finger by putting a little mashed or cereal-based milk amounts into his mouth with your index finger
- Do not force your baby with a lot of solid food. At the first meals, even a teaspoon of food is enough, and as time passes and the baby becomes accustomed to its texture, increase the portions. It is more appropriate to give your child smaller but frequent portions throughout the day.
- Introduce a new solid food at a 4-day interval to track the baby’s reactions to it, such as allergies, indigestion, intolerance, and so forth.
Foods with high allergenic risk
- egg whites
- cow’s milk
- seeds (peanuts, peanuts, almonds, nuts)
- gluten grains (wheat, rye, oats, barley)
Foods that prone to constipation
- cooked carrots
- ripe apple
Foods that can cause diarrhea
- carrot juice
You and baby weekly meal planners
If you already observed and noted what foods are good for your baby and which aren’t, you can go for weekly meal planners.
Weekly meal planning means to plan the next week’s meals before the next week has even started, implying anything from choosing the recipes, buying for groceries, and, if desired, even cooking the meals or preparing bases for the meals.
When it comes to you and your baby weekly meal planning, keep in mind which foods you both like and enjoy, which food are good for him, which are make him feel sick but also which foods are good for you.
To ease up your task next is a great weekly meal planner that is applicable for every mom and every baby. Keep in mind that in the next examples I chose to show you a 2 weeks meal planners you can use since the beginning of your baby’s food diversification, so you can make an idea of what you and baby weekly meal planners look like. Except the foods designated here for babies, you can feed them with milk, formula or breast milk.
1st-week meal planner
- For mothers – tuna pasta salad & grilled pork with mashed potatoes
- For babies – banana puree
- For mothers – baked potato with beans & chicken with mushroom risotto
- For babies – potatoes mash
- For mothers – carrot and parsnip soup & spaghetti carbonara
- For babies – carrot and parsnip soup
- For mothers – feta salad with couscous & cottage pie
- For babies – papaya puree
- For mothers – hummus wrap with grilled carrots and red pepper & tuna pasta bake
- For babies – potatoes and spinach puree
- For mothers – pears and apple puree, chicken and avocado salad & fish pie
- For babies – pears and apple puree
- For mothers – lamb with roasted broccoli and potatoes & lentil and butternut soup
- For babies – apple and pear crumble
2nd-week meal planner
- For mothers – mackerel and avocado salad & pork meatballs
- For babies – avocado and banana mash & carrots mash
- For mothers – pea and ham soup & salmon with new potatoes and spinach
- For babies – pea puree & potatoes and spinach puree
- For mothers – lentil puree with toasted bread and oranges & cottage pie
- For babies – lentil puree with toasted bread and oranges & beef and green beans puree
- For mothers – low-fat cheese and salmon & grilled chicken with bread
- For babies – pears and apples puree & lentils puree
- For mothers – cod and sweetcorn & beef stew
- For babies – cod and sweetcorn & sweet potatoes and squash mash
- For mothers – salad with baked potatoes, onions, cherry tomatoes, and cottage cheese & chicken fajitas
- For babies – melon puree & avocado and kiwi puree
- For mothers – roast chicken with potatoes, broccoli, and carrots & apricot and apple crumble
- For babies – broccoli with cornmeal mash & apricot and apple puree
You and baby weekly meal planner can include any fruits, vegetables, or meat you and your baby like to eat. Diversification of your baby’s diet really means diversification, so, introducing various vegetables, fruits, and even meat, in forms of puree, pasta, or creams will help your baby’s body to absorb all the necessary nutrients for a proper development and growth.