This colourful baby porridge can be whipped up in just ten minutes and is loaded with lovely fruit to give little ones the vitamins and nutrients they need to help them grow. The porridge will turn slightly pink as the sweet juices from the berries seep out in the oats during the cooking process. Extra fibre comes from the chopped apple, but just make sure that the pieces are small enough so that they turn soft and mushy in the pan.
Makes 4-6 servings
50g porridge oats
25g strawberries, hulled and chopped
125ml your baby’s usual milk
- Chop the apple into small pieces. Peel it or leave the skin on for more fibre, but remove the core and pips.
- Put in a medium nonstick saucepan with all the berries, plus 100ml milk.
- Heat on low, stirring and squishing the fruit until the apple is soft.
- Add the rest of the milk to help the porridge loosen and cool, then serve when it reaches room temperature.
Tip: This works with any milk, including almond, soya or formula, provided your baby has no intolerances.
6 top tips for weaning
- Babies are sensitive to the temperature of food, so test a little on the inside of your wrist – it should be no hotter than lukewarm.
- Many recipes can be frozen in little portions – use small pots or an ice cube tray. Before serving, thaw, heat to piping hot, then allow to cool again.
- Babies learn about food when they squish and squash it, so don’t tell them off for playing with their dinner!
- Don’t add salt or sugar when making baby food. Honey should also be avoided until your tot is at least one year old, due to bacteria that’s occasionally present in it.
- After your baby’s first birthday, you can replace formula or breast milk with cow’s milk – but you can breastfeed for as long as you want.
- Don’t feel guilty for using baby food from a jar. You can’t be Supermum all the time!