One of my favorite milestones in babyhood is when those sweet chubby little hands start reaching out for food.
It is so fun to start introducing the tastes and textures of your home to them, teach them about sitting around a table to share a meal as a family, and, ultimately, nourish them both physically and mentally as you form their taste palate for nutrient dense food.
One thing that I struggled with on babies number 2 and 3 that I didn’t struggle with on my first born was the sibling factor.
From crawling to toy manipulation, that little baby sister was super set in her way of copying big sister at play. In the same way, both my second and third babies would see big sister having a bowl of soaked oats in the morning even from about 6 months old and just be intent on having the same thing!
I created this grain free baby porridge when my second born (who is extremely stubborn by nature from even infanthood compared to my other girls!) was about 7 months old and was just so set on having everything her big sister was having. So on oatmeal morning this is what she would have in the same kind of bowl as big sister. It is very important to keep infants away from grain as they do not have the enzymes to digest grains like rice, oats, wheat, etc until well past the age of 1. Read more about why baby cereals are actually in fact toxic to baby HERE and HERE.
This breakfast is loaded with nutrient dense but very simple ingredients.
If you are a busy, working momma you can double, triple, or more batch this up, and freeze it in ice cube trays. Baby can have a few thawed out “cubes” in the morning or packed up to daycare. I did the ice cube tray thing with baby number 3 since I wanted to save time and didn’t want to have to prepare different breakfasts for her and the big girls.
Be sure to be flexible with the ingredients according to what you have already introduced to baby. If you haven’t tried egg yolk with baby yet, maybe start with just a yolk to be sure baby digests it fine before you put it in there. Read more about how to prepare egg yolk for baby HERE.
If you don’t have access to quality yogurt or kefir (preferably raw/grassfed etc), just leave it out. You can add some quality coconut milk if you want, and add a trustworthy probiotic for some culture benefit to the gut.
The squash or sweet potato are plenty sweet enough for baby – don’t go by your taste. If you start sweetening everything now, their taste palate will expect that for everything. I would even just leave out any fruit from this for a while. Let them form their palate for savory and lightly sweet. You can even stir in some leftover veggie puree from the night before – I did that a lot. Left over pastured chicken and bone broth puree, peas, etc all work just fine.
One final note has to do with the “orange” veggies – the squash or sweet potato in this case.
Have you ever seen a baby with a little orange “tint” to their nose? Baby’s little liver needs some time to learn how to convert the carotenoids into vitamin A. (Read more about this topic HERE). So if they are getting too many orange veggies, you’ll see the little orange nose – just back off on the orange veggies a little. I usually served this breakfast twice a week so I never had an issue. If you plan to serve it more often just switch up the veggie with something like peas or even avocado so they aren’t getting too many orange veggies.
You will find much more in depth conversation along with almost 100 nourishing recipes in my cookbook, Nourished Beginnings Baby Food!
Whether you are a new or seasoned momma, Nourished Beginnings will be a treasure on your bookshelf that I hope gets spilled on used, and loved for years to come. Not only are there great first food starts for baby in the first quarter of the book, the rest of the book will show you how to make full meals for the whole family that baby an also enjoy too, cutting your kitchen time in half!
Breakfast Porridge For Baby
- 3-4 TB cooked butternut or acorn squash or sweet potato
- 1 soft or hard boiled pastured egg YOLK yolk only
- 2 tsp butter coconut oil, or coconut butter (I usually alternate all 3 to get their palates used to all the flavors)
- 1 TB whole yogurt or kefir Raw milk works too, or a quality coconut milk if you want, and add a trustworthy probiotic for some culture benefit to the gut.
- 2 tsp grassfed collagen
- Pinch of sea salt
- Mix together and serve. You can serve it warm or cold – I tried getting my babies to get used to it either way. If you decide to warm it up do NOT use a microwave or you will destroy all the nutrients. I usually warmed stovetop, or used a small container in my bottle warmer! Double or triple batch up and freeze in ice cube trays for convenience.