Stage 2 - from around 6 until 7 months

How do I start?

Purées are the best way to introduce your baby to a mixed diet. These smooth mixtures of fruit, vegetables or baby rice (a vitamin and iron-enriched, sugar-free milky tasting form of powdered rice) are easily prepared using your Braun Multiquick hand blender. To begin with, keep purées quite runny and very smooth using your Braun Multiquick hand blender on a high speed—bananas are a particular favourite. Use water, breast milk or formula to achieve the right consistency.

You should always peel fruits and remove stalks, cores and seeds and remember, most fruits and vegetables will need to be cooked before serving to soften them. In these early stages you could include lentils, but other pulses (such as peas, chickpeas and beans) will need to be blended very thoroughly to achieve a smooth consistency so it is a good idea to save these nutritious foods for the next stages of weaning.

How much, how often?

Start with 1-2 teaspoons of puréed fruit or vegetable once a day. When your baby is happy to take more, offer solids twice a day.

Making purées

Making purées is easy with the right equipment. First, peel or scrub your fruit or vegetables and cut into pieces. Simmer or bake if required but avoid adding salt or sugar. Blend thoroughly using your Multiquick hand blender. If there are any pips or fibres, push the purée through a sieve using the back of a spoon. Add a little vitamin-rich cooking water or your baby’s usual milk if you need more liquid.

Storing what you make

It is most cost and time effective to make batches of food for your baby and then freeze them. At the early stages of weaning, ice cube trays with fitting lids make perfect containers for portion-sized fruit and vegetable purées. As your baby’s appetite grows you will need to store food in larger, freezable containers with lids.

Tips for storing food:

  • Only use a freezer that can freeze food to -18ºC in 24 hours
  • Always reheat foods until they are piping hot. Allow to cool and test temperature yourself before serving to your baby
  • You should not refreeze food that has been defrosted, except for raw frozen food that has been cooked
  • You should use or dispose of frozen baby food within two months of freezing it
  • Do not freeze bananas or avocados


Carrot potato purée

 

Makes 6 portions Makes approx. 400 g
Cooking time: approx. 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 200 g carrots, peeled and diced
  • 200 g potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil

Preparation

  1. Boil the vegetables in water and oil until tender.
  2. Purée in the beaker with the MultiQuick 5 Baby hand blender and adjust the texture with boiled cooled water or baby’s usual milk.


Apple blueberry purée

 

Makes approx. 400 g / 4 portions
Cooking time: approx. 15 mins

Ingredients 

  • 30 g blueberries
  • ½ small ripe apple (approx. 70 g)

Preparation

  1. Peel the apple and chop into small pieces.
  2. Place the apple in a pot with a small amount of water.
  3. Steam the apple on a low heat until soft for approx. 5 -10 min. Add the blueberries shortly before the apple is done.
  4. Once cooled down, place the fruit in the chopper accessory and blend to a smooth consistency.
  5. Add water as needed.


Banana apple purée

 

Makes approx. 100 g / 1-2 portions
Cooking time: approx. 5 mins

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 small ripe banana (approx. 50 g)
  • 1/2 small, very ripe apple (approx. 50 g)

Preparation

  1. Peel the apple and cut into pieces.
  2. Peel the banana and place it in the chopper accessory together with the apple.
  3. Add a small amount of water or apple juice.
  4. Blend until smooth.


Cauliflower sweet potato purée

5 servings 
Prep time: 5 minutes 
Cooking time: 18–20 mins

Ingredients

  • 250 g sweet potato, peeled
  • 500 ml water
  • 500 g cauliflower florets, cleaned
  • 5 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 80 ml orange juice

Preparation

  1. Cut the peeled sweet potatoes into small pieces and place in a suitable pot with water (500 ml) and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Then add the cauliflower florets and let everything simmer for another 10 minutes.
  3. In your Braun's beaker, purée the cooled vegetable mixture with the rapeseed oil and orange juice into a consistent purée using the MultiQuick 5 Baby hand blender.

 

Tip
One serving is intended for immediate consumption. Use the spatula to transfer the rest into the freezer container. At the start, your baby will generally only need two of the servings of this purée. 


Pumpkin potato rye purée

Makes 1 serving 
Prep time: 5 minutes 
Cooking time: 10-12 mins

Ingredients

  • 20 g rye
  • 100 g peeled pumpkin
  • 70 g peeled mealy potatoes
  • 200 ml water
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 2 tbsp orange juice

Preparation

  1. Use the MultiQuick 5 Baby MQ 20 chopper accessory to finely grind the rye.
  2. Cut the pumpkin and potatoes into small pieces and place in a suitable pot with a little water (200 ml) and bring to the boil.
  3. Stir in the rye, and simmer over reduced heat for 10 to 12 minutes. Add the rapeseed oil and orange juice and purée with the MultiQuick 5 Baby hand blender.

 

Tip
For vegetarians, this purée can be used as a meat replacement purée. Whole grains contain iron, and the vitamin C in the orange juice improves the absorption of plant-based iron.


Millet milk purée with apple

Makes 1 serving 
Prep time: 6 minutes 
Cooking time: 4 mins

Ingredients

  • 25 g millet
  • 200 ml whole milk, 3.5% fat
  • ¼ of an apple

Preparation

  1. Use the MultiQuick 5 Baby MQ 20 chopper accessory to finely grind the millet. Bring the millet meal to a boil with the water, then reduce the heat and allow to absorb for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Peel the apple, remove the core, cut into large pieces and chop in the MultiQuick 5 Baby MQ 20 chopper accessory. Add the cooked millet meal and purée everything into a consistent mixture.
  3. Transfer to a bowl with the spatula and feed to your baby immediately.

 

Tip
If your baby is eating this purée past the beginning stages, the apple does not need to be peeled and can be left a little chunky.