Homemade is always the healthier choice.
The new Braun MultiQuick 5 Baby hand blender. The fastest way to a happy baby.
Ecotrophologist & dietitian
Along with presentations and cooking classes, in which she provides inspiration for a balanced diet, she has been writing nutrition guides and cookbooks under the pseudonym Anne Iburg since 1999. She has published more than 30 books, and has established herself as a notable author in the field of child nutrition, with several Amazon bestsellers on the topic of infant nutrition and recipes for young children.
In the age of social media, nutrition is a major topic. Information on this topic, however, is often very contradictory and confusing. More and more parents are seeking peace of mind and are focused on finding the right diet for their children. By cooking their own baby food, parents can be confident that they have prepared a natural, healthy meal for their child. And with the right equipment, preparing baby food can be quick and easy!
To help parents in feeding their children, this Braun guide delivers tried-and-tested recipes for everything from purees and solid baby food to family meals, all with guaranteed success, and photos to whet your appetite! As well as helpful nutrition tips.
Marlein Auge and Braun hopes you enjoy trying out these recipes and wishes the whole family “Bon appétit”!
Homemade food: best for your baby, rewarding for you.
Homemade food: best for your baby, rewarding for you.
Preparing homemade food is the best way to ensure your little one gets the best nutrition; vitamin-packed fresh fruit and vegetables with none of the colourings, flavourings or additives that a tiny tummy simply does not need! Blending your choice of ingredients into delicious, fresh meals also helps your baby develop healthy eating habits and can provide a wide variety of tastes and textures.
What do I need to quickly prepare nutritious food for my baby and toddler?
Most of us buy readymade baby food from time to time, but there’s no better way to make sure food is nutritious and tasty than to prepare it yourself from fresh ingredients. However there are so many different things that are competing for your time, from looking after the house to caring for you child. That’s where your Braun Multiquick hand blender comes in.
The new Braun MultiQuick 5 Baby hand blender.
With PowerBell technology for quickly and easily puréeing food for your baby or toddler, with far fewer splashes to clean up thanks to the unique SplashControl technology.
The stages of feeding
From birth until around 6 months
From birth until around 6 months, your baby will get all the nutrition it needs from breast or formula milk.
Baby’s first foods
From around 6 until 7 months
Baby’s regular milk plus simple, soft purées made from one or two fruits or vegetables, baby rice and lentils.
From around 7 until 9 months
Baby’s regular milk plus fruit, vegetable and rice purées, with the addition of well puréed meats, other legumes, soft pasta, fromage frais and soft finger foods.
From around 9 until 12 months
Less milk, thicker purées, more chopped foods, cheese and eggs, more finger foods like chopped soft fruits and vegetables, toasted bread, with dips, soft sandwiches.
From around 13 until 23 months
Expanding the variety of foods to include many family foods. Eating family meals.
Frequently asked questions
Certainly any vegetable can technically be turned into a puree. However that doesn’t mean that they’re all suitable as baby food. Most mothers start off using carrots, followed by pumpkin and parsnip. These three vegetables are all easily digested, making them a good choice since a baby’s digestive tract needs time to mature. Breast milk initially helps to develop a baby’s healthy digestive flora, so that we can slowly introduce the baby to solid food.
Other easily digested vegetables such as fennel, cauliflower, broccoli, courgette and young kohlrabi can be used somewhat later, followed by green peas, tomatoes and green beans. The latter may be used in multi-ingredient baby food, but should not make up more than a quarter of the total weight to start with.
After a baby’s first birthday, you can try using vegetables such as red cabbage, Brussels sprouts, white cabbage and leek in small amounts. These vegetables often cause bloating and sometimes severe stomach pains in the little ones. Cucumber and white radish aren’t suited to cooking, but they can be cut into sticks for babies to practice chewing. Red radish, however, is not suitable for babies and small children. Any small, hard foods such as cooked chickpeas or hazelnuts are a choking hazard. Choking is the most common accident cause treated by doctors in children aged between 7 months and 4 years.
Industrial baby food is subject to strict mandatory contaminant regulations, which is why producers only use organic vegetables, which generally contain less nitrate and pesticide residue. If you’d like your homemade baby food to be just as safe, then I thoroughly recommend using only organic produce - local, seasonal and fresh from the market.
If you’ve just started introducing baby purees and your little one is still spitting out food on day three, your baby might be trying to tell you that he or she is not interested in purees yet. Respect your baby’s wishes and don’t worry! In one or two weeks, your little nipper will probably have a totally different attitude and feeding time goes way smoother.
Babies have personal preferences too. It’s true that babies should have the chance to try a new dish several times so that they can slowly get used to the new taste. But if your little darling is still vehemently refusing to eat a particular vegetable after three or four days, simply try another baby food.
The fundamental rule is: never force your baby to eat! Relax - nothing bad is going to happen if your little one misses a meal or two!
You might also find that your baby will eat a certain food with great enthusiasm and just a few days later they’ll turn their nose up at it. According to child psychologists, this behaviour can be explained by a growth spurt that unsettles the baby and causes them to revert to old habits. Likewise, this also applies to purees your baby is already familiar with. Moreover, some babies refuse to eat when they are teething. In certain circumstances, chilled baby food can help here.
It’s not difficult to cook fish, there are only a few things to bear in mind. Use your nose when buying fish: fresh fish never smells. So if it smells fishy, don’t buy it!
In light of the fact that many fish stocks are alarmingly overfished, look out for the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) label! It guarantees that your fish is a product of sustainable fishing practices. Another option is to purchase fish from fish farms. The ASC label (Aquaculture Stewardship Council) guarantees that fish are farmed in aquaculture with better water quality, lower fish density, less use of fish meal and smaller doses of antibiotics. Thus, you should choose fish with these labels for your baby, not only for the sake of the environment, but especially for the sake of your baby’s health!
As a beginner, you can make life easier by using filleted fish. Fish should always be carried home in a cooler box or bag if possible, and without any delay. Fish must be kept chilled constantly as it can spoil easily.
And now it’s time to get cooking! First, rinse the fish under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels. Thanks to refrigerators, fish no longer needs to be salted and preserved. Check each piece of fish carefully for fish bones, even the best fillets. This is done best when using your eyes, sense of touch and a pair of tweezers!
For baby food, add a small amount of sliced or diced fish to your pot of vegetables and potatoes for the last five minutes of cooking time. Fish cooks quickly and can easily be blended to a puree with the other ingredients.
If you’re cooking fish for your family for the first time, season the fish with salt and pepper, dip in beaten egg and place on a plate of breadcrumbs, pressing down lightly to coat the fish. Then fry on both sides in a pan with melted butter and oil - and dinner is ready!
Baby food may not be to your taste, but that’s because it hopefully doesn’t contain any salt! The German Research Institute for Child Nutrition (FKE) advises against seasoning baby food with salt. Too much salt is not only unhealthy for babies, but also possibly dangerous. According to experts, a baby’s kidneys can only process 1 gram of salt (400 mg sodium) per day. If a baby is given too much salt, it can lead to serious kidney damage.
Just like all plant-based foods, herbs contain extremely low amounts of sodium and therefore pose no risk to your baby’s kidneys. So, herbs can be used from a relatively early stage, just like vegetables. If your baby has been eating baby food for over a month, you can start adding a teaspoon of fresh herbs towards the end of cooking and blend those into the puree.
You should start by using herbs that you like yourself. It is highly likely that your baby will also approve them! Flat-leaf parsley, basil and dill can therefore often be found in baby food.
Herbs from the onion family (alliums) need to be avoided, as these can cause bloating and stomach pains. Beside all onions, leeks, chives, garlic and wild garlic belong to the onion family. These ingredients can cause bloating and flatulence to varying degrees. In families that regularly eat these foods, a baby is also more likely to be exposed to them. As long as your baby can tolerate them, , there is no reason not to use them. Spices containing a high concentration of essential oils, such as camphor and eucalyptus, should be completely avoided if possible. This also includes rosemary and thyme, which should be used only in tiny amounts in baby food, or not at all.
Just as there are many different types of baby food, there are many different recommendations to store and transport it. As a general rule, baby food should be transported cold and heated up on-site.
Homemade baby food should be transported in a cooler with an ice pack so you can be sure it’s always less than 7° C. Industrial baby food jars obviously are much easier to transport, because as long as the jar hasn’t been opened, it doesn’t need to be chilled. However, an open jar must be kept chilled and eaten within 24 hours. Frozen baby food transported in a cooler bag is an alternative, but as it will slowly defrost, its temperature is difficult to control.
When you’re out and about, your baby food will usually be heated up in a microwave. Make sure to stir the baby food well so that it’s evenly warmed through. And don’t forget to test the food yourself before feeding to make sure it’s not too hot for your little darling!
Porridge and cereals should be prepared on-site and not ahead of time. You can bring hot milk or water, if using formula, with you in a Thermos. Juice or fruit purees should be transported separately. Instant cereals and rusks are most suited for on-the-go because they don’t need to be cooked or soaked.
The set includes these convenient accessories:
Easily scrape every last bit of your nutritious homemade baby food out of the beaker. You can also use it for pouring contents into the single pots of freezer container.
Beaker & lid
The 600 ml plastic beaker comes with a convenient lid so that you can hygienically store any freshly blended leftovers in the fridge. Thanks to the special lid, you can easily take the beaker with you on-the-go.
Great for adding texture to mash to help babies developing teeth and chewing muscles. The chopper is perfect for quickly making small portions for your baby or snacks between meals.
Makes freezing multiple portions of baby food fast and easy. The freezer container by Mushy Mushy is dishwasher safe, naturally bacteria resistant and consists of 9 pots in total.