Baby Food Recipe For A Smooth Bowel Movement – Blueberry Smoothie

There are different fruit smoothie you can let your baby try.

Banana is always a hot favorite with most children. I guess it has to do with its taste. It’s sweet and believe it or not, children learn to love sweet things from a young age if you allow them to try.

However, with fruits like avocado and banana, there is a tendency for the poo to come out in thicker paste-like texture.

Watching our baby grunt as she tries to move her bowel, we didn’t think she was enjoying it too much.

The first remedy is to blend the banana or avocado smoothie using more water or milk. This will create a more liquid smoothie and does help in bowel movement. The poo is more liquid and less paste-like.

The second way is hydrate. Try feeding your baby water in between meals. This also helps to keep the bowel movement smoother.

The third method has to do with changing the fruit smoothie. There is no need to chuck banana or avocado out of the window but you may want to experiment and do a bit of mix and match using other fruits.

Our recommendation is blueberry.

Using blueberry and milk, we concocted a simple blueberry smoothie that has proven to be very effective for digestion and easy bowel movement.

In fact, our baby was all smiles when she was pooing and did not have to grunt her way through.

Simple Blueberry Smoothie Recipe

  • Wash and put into the blender around 15-20 blueberries
  • Add milk (40 ml)
  • Blend it for 1 minute

Depending on how liquid you want the mix to be, adjust the number of blueberries or milk accordingly. There is no hard and fast rule on this.

Here’s a sample of how it looks like (Before and After Blending)

Oh, I forgot to mention we added brown rice cereal as well. That’s the creamy powder you see in the picture above. Not mandatory but we think it helps to make the mix even more nutritious.

The blueberry smoothie is a great addition to your baby food variety if you have not tried.

We ‘tested’ it on our baby and the result is delightful. Well, some babies may not like them especially if the blueberries tilt towards the soury end.

The issue is that we can’t tell if the blueberries are sweet or sour until we have tried them. In most cases, it is usually a mixed bag.

The whole thing is very cost efficient. We get our blueberries from a nearby mall and they sometimes go as cheap as 3 bowls for just £1!

What’s your experience with blueberry for babies? We like to hear from you and if you find this article helpful, we appreciate you show us some love by sharing it!

 

 

Avocados For Your Baby. Make Sure To Have Your Camera Ready

Avocados are one of the best fruits for your baby once they turn 8 months old. Well, that’s what most websites say. We gave it to our baby when she’s 7 months but again, it is not a race against time or who can eat avocados earlier. In our earlier blog post, we spoke about solid foods.

When Is The Best Time To Give Solid Foods To Your Baby?

Most suggest 6 months but a walk to your nearest super mart indicates most baby-friendly cereals are for 4m+ and above. In other words, 4 months old is the general guideline.

Our advice is to observe your baby’s reaction to solid foods. Do they take it well or try to spit out everytime you try? If it’s the latter, you want to hold off for a while longer. Maybe they are not ready yet. The other thing to note is their poo. After taking solid foods, expect more poo than the usual.

Unless you are feeding very SOLID foods (meaning highly concentrated with little water / milk in it), the poo should still be rather liquid in nature instead of coming out in solid clumps. That occurs when baby is really taking in solid foodstuffs like the way adults do.

Why Is Avocado Great?

First of all, avocado is a fruit and very nutritious. They are high in potassium, fiber and comes with a generous dose of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) which are excellent for heart health and protection against chronic diseases. Start with a bit of avocado. The first time we used up a whole avocado split into 2 feeding sessions and it was a bit too much.

I would suggest half a avocado. Mash (Blend) it up with milk and brown rice cereals. Serve half of it and keep the remainder in a container and place it in the refrigerator for later consumption.

Step 1: Cut the avocado into halves
Step 1: Cut the avocado into halves

 

Step 2: Blend it using a mixture of ingredients comprising of the cut avocado slices, milk and brown rice cereals
Step 2: Blend it using a mixture of ingredients comprising of the cut avocado slices, milk and brown rice cereals

 

Step 3: The Blended Avocado Mix
Step 3: The Blended Avocado Mix

 

Step 4: Separate the avocado into 2 food containers for separate feeding sessions.
Step 4: Separate the avocado into 2 food containers for separate feeding sessions.

 

Why The Camera?

The first time our baby tried avocado (or any other foods) is classic. We regretted not having our phone camera ready for that priceless moment.

Let’s just say it is an expression of newfound delight mixed with genuine shock. We burst out laughing and missed the photoshoot moment. Essentially, anything new for your baby might be greeted with the same or more extreme facial expression. So far, we have tried fruits such as banana, apple, avocado, grapes. Banana is her favorite and the aftermath is a healthy dose of poo.

We think it is a good idea to prepare banana puree once a week for a perfect detox with all that poo that comes out.

Anyway, keep your phone camera or Nikon ready for those precious moments of fun!

Letting your baby try out different foods is a rewarding effort for training them to become natural foodies (and not the dreaded picky eaters!) While 4m+ is a general guideline, we think it is prudent to use that as reference and always check against your baby’s reactions. Are they enjoying it, spitting it out and if they are taking it in well, does it affect their digestion (and poo)?

Preparing Apple Mush for your Baby (This takes less than 3 mins!)

Apart from milk, it’s good to expose your baby to different foods. This can be done from 4m+.

To start you off, this is a quick recipe for preparing apple mush for your baby.

It’s really simple but there are some things to take note.

  • Cut the apple and make sure its skin is shaved off. Try to use a ceramic knife as a steel/metal knife causes browning of the cut fruits faster! (There is no way to prevent browning. With a ceramic knife, it merely slows it down but you want to do that if you can.)
  • Depending on your baby’s appetite, decide on the amount of apple to use. We use 1/4 of an apple.
  • Cut that apple slices into smaller pieces so that it can blend quickly. This is important because if the apple takes too long to blend, it will cause it to oxidise. Oxidise = turning dark yellowish. Taste may remain unchanged but it may not be good for baby
  • Add a bit of water (10ml or so)
  • Add brown rice cereals (2-3 tablespoons)
  • Blend and serve immediately

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How to Prepare your own Banana Cereal Smoothie for Baby in 3 Mins

Visit any supermart and you find the baby food section is commonly lined up with all kinds of cereals for your babies who are taking their very first bite of solid foods.

Among the food items, the banana fruit porridge or cereals is a hot seller. Banana comes with multiple vitamins good for baby’s growth and many parents buy it to complement the daily milk intake.

Before we go further, let’s look at the nutritional value of the ingredients:

  • Banana: Potassium, Vitamin B6, Dietary Fibre
  • Breast / Formula Milk
  • Brown Rice: Carbohydrates, Dietary Fibre, Iron

Today, we show you how you can avoid those long queues at the supermart and prepare your own delicious and healthy banana-nutrient-rich snacks for your little ones in 3 mins

All the items you need for this sumptuous meal preparation

Items you need

  • Brown Rice Cereals (You can also cook porridge but cereals are faster to prepare)
  • Milk (formula or breast milk)
  • Banana x 1
  • Cup or any bottle for holding the blended mix
  • A Blender (Ours’ is from Kenwood and it takes up little space)

3 min preparation for a healthy meal

1. Cut the banana into small pieces for easy blending. Depending on the amount you are preparing for your baby, you may not use up an entire banana. You can just gobble up what’s left behind. Usually I use half a banana for a single day’s intake split into 2 feedings but that’s just my style. Adjust to fit your baby and your schedule.

2. Mix the brown rice cereals, milk and banana and then blend it. Depending how solid you want the mix to be, adjust the amount of milk accordingly. For me, I use 30 ml of breast milk. Here is a sample of how mine looks like and I find this to be ideal for babies in general as they learn to handle (swallow) solid food for the first time.

Food container from Philips works great and fits into most electric warmers with no problem

The food container above is from Philips. We got it together when we bought their 3-in-1 Steam Steriliser. The size is handy and best of all, it is easy to clean. As stay at home parents juggling work and baby, time is always a premium and we always try to use our time effectively.

3. Once the banana milkshake is ready, either serve it directly to baby if they are hungry or have it refrigerated. You can warm it up before feeding. The good thing with the food container above is that it fits in well with our electric warmer from Tommee Tippee.

We hope this is helpful to you, especially newbie parents. It is an easy recipe to follow and you can do it without requiring a lot of equipment or ingredients. We recommend brown rice cereals as one of the staples though you can also do it without cereals simply by just mashing milk and banana slices together.

Last but not least, we really like the Kenwood blender and feel it deserves a second mention. The Kenwood blender is a powerhouse despite its small size and due to its compactness, can be stored easily on your kitchen top to dry without taking up precious space. Here’s a link if you want more details.

For parents who are really busy and want a ready fix without having to go through the process of buying bananas, blending and all that, you can consider the Gerber Oatmeal and Banana Baby Cereal.