Hi, all! How is the baby food making process coming along? No more intimidation, right?! Awesome!
One of the many misconceptions about baby food is “bland is better.” WRONG. When you are first starting out, and your sprout is 5-6 months old, than yes, they are still trying to figure out this solid food thing and the tastes and textures that come along with it. However, once your child reaches 8 months you should be “spicing” up their palate. Adding certain herbs and spices to their food is an amazing way to introduce new tastes to expand their taste buds, without throwing a huge curveball. Definitely take advantage of the versatility of homemade baby food and use everyday spices and herbs to liven up your sprout’s foods.
Do you realize in many countries babies aren’t even fed bland rice cereals? They actually introduce spices from the start. Also, if you’re breastfeeding, your child can already taste those herbs and spices through your breast milk. *A majority of pediatricians do recommend waiting until the 8 month mark to add herbs and spices. That reason has more to do with digestive upsets than it does with possible allergic reactions.
What types of herbs and spices?? Fresh or dried, the kind of spice or herb is entirely up to you. However, I do not recommend using sugar OR salt in your baby foods. Not at all!! You may be thinking at first that there is no way your baby will like basil, rosemary, garlic, or any other herb or spice. You may be surprised. Like everyone, there will be certain foods, spices, and herbs your child doesn’t prefer. But the first time you see your sprout gobble up pureed pea’s with fresh basil, you will be inspired.
When you starting to introduce new foods, herbs, and spices, it is always a good idea to use the “4 day wait rule”. It’s just a really good way to wait and see if there are any possible reactions from the foods you are giving chid. *Read more about the “4 day wait rule” here
Here is a list of herbs and spices you can try out with your sprout:
vanilla , pepper , garlic – minced or powdered, basil, rosemary, dill, oregano, lemon zest, ginger, cinnamon, mint, nutmeg, anise, curry powder.
-Stay tuned for my next post. I will be providing a list of fun combinations which include herbs and spice!!
!!!Remember, always consult with your pediatrician regarding introducing solid foods to your baby and specifically discuss any foods that may pose allergy risks for your baby!!!