How can I make delicious porridge

Baby food: the best recipes and tips

At around six months old, babies are ready for more than just milk - now the complementary feeding season begins! But the daily struggle with spoons, bibs and listless babies is sometimes tough. So that you and your little one start the new era healthy: healthy and delicious porridge recipes for your child.

Complementary food start

At five to six months, most babies make it unmistakably clear: I WANT TO EAT! Greedy eyes when the whole family gathers at the dinner table and happily eats together. Everything that is within reach is first scanned - and then immediately disappears into the small mouth with the first teeth. Showing interest in what you have on your plate is the starting signal for the start of complementary foods.
The first attempts at mash-feeding are then often pathetic: The lovingly cooked vegetable mash is pushed out again with the tongue. In the first few days, a spoonful of porridge sometimes ends up in baby's stomach, the rest on the bib, the floor and on the wall. In addition, questions after questions: Does meat have to be in the baby food? How do I do this when we're not home? Do I have to cook the baby food myself?

We have put together everything you need to know about the first complementary food for you. Have fun and enjoy your meal!

What should go into the baby food?

Small children prefer to eat what they know. So don't be surprised when you introduce the different types of fruit and vegetables if you don't immediately meet with great enthusiasm. Just stick with it and offer a little spoon every now and then, the joy of it will come. First you start at noon with a vegetable puree. Next, add a milk and cereal porridge in the evening and finally a cereal and fruit porridge in the afternoon. Our will show you how best to introduce the new baby food Complementary food plan!
In it you can also see that, despite the porridge, it is best to continue first still. This will help your child get used to the new foods.

When you have managed to introduce complementary foods, the colorful baby porridge recipes really start. So that you don't have to worry every day what kind of complementary food you are cooking today, here are healthy recipes for babies with a wide variety of foods. There is sure to be something delicious for everyone.

Delicious and healthy: porridge recipes for your baby

Milk cereal porridge recipe
200 ml whole milk
20 g of tender oatmeal or semolina
2-3 tbsp organic fruit juice or puree

Bring the milk with the cereal flakes to the boil and let it swell briefly over a low heat while stirring. Add juice or puree.

Vegetable and potato pulp recipe
90-100 g vegetables
40-60 g of potatoes
20-30 g of lean organic meat
3-4 tbsp fruit juice
2 teaspoons of rapeseed oil

Wash, clean or peel the vegetables and potatoes and cut into small pieces. Cut the meat into similarly small pieces. Bring 150 ml water to the boil, add the meat and vegetables and cook covered for approx. 20 minutes until soft. Add fruit juice and puree everything together. Finally stir in rapeseed oil.

recipe for vegetarian porridge
100 g vegetables
50 g potatoes
10 g of tender oat or millet flakes
4 tbsp fruit juice or puree
2 teaspoons of rapeseed or corn oil

Wash, clean or peel the vegetables and potatoes and cut into small pieces. Pour into 150 ml of boiling water and cook covered for approx. 15 minutes until soft. Add the cereal flakes and fruit juice or puree and puree everything. Finally stir in the oil.

Cereal and fruit porridge recipe
20 g cereal flakes (oats, millet)
1 apple or pear (approx. 100 g)
100 g fresh fruit
1 teaspoon oil or 5 g butter

Bring the cereal flakes to the boil with 90 ml water, allow to swell while stirring. Peel, quarter, core and grate the fruit into the pulp. Mix in butter or oil.
But you won't get by with these four classic recipes. What am I cooking tomorrow? In our recipe gallery you will find a large selection of recipes with and without meat, for lunch and dinner with fruit and vegetables. With the variety of recipes, you can regularly prepare something completely new for your beginner. And over time you will know your child's favorite recipes.

Recipes for babies

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It tastes even better this way!

The start of complementary food - you bet that it will be even better if you feed your baby from these pretty plates and with these great spoons?

Bibs, plates, spoons and drinking cups for the baby

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Tips if you cook the baby food yourself

For porridge cooks
Nowadays nobody has to cook for themselves - the range of ready-made jars is wide and the quality is impeccable. Those who prefer to decide for themselves what is in baby's diet: Cooking porridge is quick and easy. You can boil a little more porridge and freeze it. You will soon have frozen pureed vegetable puree of many types of vegetables, which you can quickly heat up and mix with other ingredients.
Our tip: If you have to go fast, it is better not to cook and puree meat yourself. Simply mix your homemade vegetable puree with a few spoons from a meat jar.

Even spooning is great!
Babies like to spoon themselves - and reach for the full porridge spoon with the greatest enthusiasm. The result: a huge mess. To avoid this: Simply give the baby its own clean plastic spoon. Even more useful Tips for spoon feeders can be found here.
Tip: Eat a little. This is how you signal to your baby that you think his baby food is delicious. Use your own spoon to avoid transmitting germs.

And even more delicious recipes, because your child's diet will be varied, for example with avocadeo, fennel or elderberries. Whether fruity or hearty, with or without meat these recipes whet your appetite!

There is porridge, baby!

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What is the best way to puree the food?

Vegetables and fruit can be easily chopped with a simple hand blender when they are cooked. Pureeing small amounts of meat to a fine puree without pieces is hardly possible with a standard hand blender. The best thing to do is to have it screwed through the meat grinder directly at the organic butcher's. Chicken is easy to digest, so you can start with that. Next, you should go for lean beef, which is more iron-rich.

Can I also freeze baby food?

Especially when you cook yourself, it is practical to pre-cook the individual foods in large quantities. The pulp is easy to portion, after all babies need so little at first: Simply fill the pulp into an ice cube container and place in the freezer for two to three hours, then press out the frozen cubes and pack them individually in freezer bags. Depending on your baby's appetite, you can thaw one or two porridge cubes per meal in a water bath or in the microwave.

What is the best way to warm up the baby food?

You can heat frozen baby food in the microwave. It is important to stir the puree well after heating it. Otherwise, the meal could be very hot in the middle while still feeling cool on the outside. A water bath is also suitable for heating or simply a saucepan. The only thing that matters is that babies don't like it as hot as adults, of course. They prefer body temperature, just like you know it from your breast milk.

What can I do if my little one keeps spitting out the porridge?