We’ve been feeding baby P. solids for a few weeks now. There seemed to be a generally accepted order of introducing new foods, so we’ve stuck with low-allergen cooked vegetables and fruits. Imagine my surprise when I looked on the Canadian Paediatric Society website and found that they recommend introducing iron-rich foods like meats, beans, egg yolk, and lentils as some of baby’s first meals. They also don’t advocate delaying the introduction of any foods to avoid allergens. HealthLink BC makes similar recommendations.
I’m not super worried about baby P. getting enough iron because I know that his formula is iron-fortified, but as he starts eating more solids and consuming less formula it will be important. I decided to start him out with a bit of chicken.
Because of the bacteria that poultry contains, it is extremely important to work with clean hands and work surfaces and to not allow anything that’s touched the raw chicken to cross-contaminate anything that your baby will touch.
You’ll also want to make sure that the chicken is cooked thoroughly. I cooked mine in a pan on the stove. I browned the outside, then braised it in about 1/2 cup of water.
A standard disclaimer: I am not a doctor. You should check with your pediatrician before starting solids, and if you have any questions about what foods are appropriate for your baby, your health professional is the best resource. It is recommended that you only introduce new foods to your baby one at a time, and wait at least 3 or 4 days before introducing a new food. Check for allergies after introducing a new food: symptoms like diarrhea, rash, gas, or swelling of the lips should alert you to contact your medical professional right away.
Stage: First foods. The amount of water in the recipe below will create a chicken purée, as pictured at the top of this post. If your baby is eating thicker textures, reduce the amount of water, or eliminate it altogether.
Health Benefits: Chicken is a source of protein and iron as well as niacin, selenium, and vitamin B6.
Try it mixed with: Apples, apricots, avocado, bananas, beans, carrots, cauliflower, celery root, chard, dates, figs, kale, mango, parsnips, peaches, pears, green peas, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, prunes, rice cereal, spinach, turnips.
1 chicken breast or thigh, bone and skin removed
1/4 – 1/2 cup water
Bake, braise, roast, or grill the chicken until completely cooked through. Add to a food processor or blender, along with the desired amount of water to create the consistency that your baby likes. Blend until smooth.
- The New Thinking on Allergens (plumorganics.com)