Starting Stage II Baby Foods
You should start the second stage of baby foods once your baby has gotten adjusted to solid foods. There is no perfect time because it is really just about feeling when your baby is ready for more diverse and complex foods in terms of flavor and texture. They may enjoy chunkier purees as teeth come in. Some note this stage as when your baby can sit on their own, but there may be some other signs as well. With my son, I noticed he would get bored with certain foods that I had given him from the start, and he started fussing or grabbing for the spoon. Giving him new combinations helped renew his interest, and putting some food in a mesh teething bag for him to hold sometimes, helped him feel in control. Personally, I did not choose to do much baby led weaning because my priority was to increase his calorie and nutrient intake. So, for you, it may make sense to incorporate baby led weaning much sooner.
Chicken and Plantain Puree Recipe
This chicken and plantain recipe resembles a simple comfort meal but a healthy baby one. I was inspired by meals such as fried chicken with mashed potatoes or chicken and waffles. Plantains have a slight sweetness and offer a great source of healthy carbohydrates. This makes it a great lunch or dinner meal. Plantains contain vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6, and the precursor form of Vitamin A. Chicken provides a great source of protein, and the butter aids in the utilization of the vitamin A and contains vitamin D. It is important to vary your child’s sources of starches, proteins, and fats to ensure they are getting all the nutrients they need.
- 1 lb chicken boneless thighs
- 2 plantains
- 2 TBSP fat (butter, coconut oil, lard)
- coconut milk for blending
- Bake chicken at 350°F for 30 minutes.
- Cool chicken once baked, and cut into large chunks. Aim for 1/2 inch to inch chunks depending on the efficiency of your blender.
- Peel and slice the plantain. Cut them into 1/2 inch pieces. Over 2 cups of boiling water, steam the plantains for 8 minutes. Remove from the steamer once they are softened.
- Place the chicken, plantains, and fat into blender.
- Pulse the mixture until it is blended but still chunky. If needed, add coconut milk in 1/4 cup increments so the mixture blends easier.