If your baby is four to six months old, it is time for the first mash. Although the selection of baby-glass is large, it is worthwhile to cook baby foods yourself, because then you know exactly what's inside. That self-cooking is time consuming neither difficult nor show you our menu suggestions.

make baby food yourself: What's important?

Baby porridge spoon

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Because the intestines of your baby with Schwerverdaulichem (about flatulent vegetables, legumes) is still overwhelmed, lead strongly acidic fruits often sore butt and salt overloads the kidneys, you should best left initially in the preparation of foods for your baby on proven basic recipes , Pay attention to strict kitchen hygiene. Baby porridge keeps in the refrigerator for one day only, frozen at -18 ° C for up to two months. Once heated mash should not be warmed up again for your baby (but you can use it to offer an older sibling). If possible, use organic ingredients for baby foods to keep pollution levels for your baby as much as possible.

made baby food yourself: What ingredients are suitable for baby porridge?

  • Do you offer your baby, especially in vegetables from the outset different varieties, so that its flavor can get used to it. Then it will complain later less. Nutritious and well tolerated for babies as Carrots, squash, parsnips, broccoli, cauliflower, fennel, kohlrabi, zucchini or spinach.
  • The fruit is mainly low-acid varieties such as apple, banana, pear, blueberry, apricot, peach suitable. Enter best only when your baby the meat and vegetable mash well accepted fruit pulp as a dessert. Otherwise, it could happen that your child develops a distinct taste preference for sweet and spurned vegetables.
  • Of the meats for the complementary feeding beef is most valuable, since in addition to protein, it is particularly rich in iron and zinc. For a change, however, lean cuts of poultry, lamb or pork are possible. Alternatively, you can use ready-made meat preparation from the glass. Give your baby no innards. You can once a week serving fish fillet (preferably salmon, as well as cod and pollock), which is recommended due to its content of iodine and important omega-3 fatty acids.
  • As a strength carrier for vegetable mash potato is the most recommended and should come to the table five times a week, because it is very nutritious. Alternatively, pasta or rice are suitable. Access for grain as possible to the whole grain version, which contains more nutrients.
  • Rapeseed oil is the most valuable oil for the baby-based foods, because it has a particularly balanced fatty acid composition.

Tips from the pediatrician: From what I can give my baby porridge?

Baby baby foods: Recipes

Fennel and carrot beef menu (for lunch)

(From 5th month)

Ingredients for one serving:

  • 1 small potato (about 50 g)
  • 20-30 grams of lean beef or chicken breast
  • 50 g fennel (alternatively, turnip, broccoli)
  • 50 g carrots (alternatively, parsnip, pumpkin)
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice (if tolerated) or baby apple juice
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil


Wash meat, pat dry and chop. Wash vegetables and potatoes, peel carrots and potatoes, cut everything into small pieces. about 15-20 minutes fry vegetables, potatoes and meat in about 50 ml of water in a small saucepan, cover soft. Add the remaining ingredients and puree everything.

Vegetarian Pumpkin millet porridge (for lunch)

(From 5th month)

Ingredients for one serving:

  • 150 g Hokkaido pumpkin (alternatively carrot or parsnip)
  • 100 ml water
  • 2 tablespoons Hirseflocken
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice (if tolerated) or baby apple juice


Halve pumpkin, peel and remove the seeds, then cut the pumpkin flesh into small pieces and poach in a closed pot in the water. Allow to cool slightly, then add the millet flakes and puree everything. Stir in the end oil and juice.

Broccoli and potato Salmon menu (for lunch)

(From 5th month)

Ingredients for one serving:

  • 1 small potato (about 50 g)
  • 20-30 g boneless salmon fillet (best wild salmon)
  • 100 g of broccoli (alternatively zucchini)
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice (if tolerated) or baby apple juice
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil


Wash salmon, pat dry and cut into pieces. Potato and broccoli wash / clean, peel potatoes, cut everything small. bring potato pieces in about 50 ml of water in a small pot to boil, after 5 minutes Broccoli and fish pass and cook another 10-15 minutes covered soft. Add the remaining ingredients and puree everything.

Milk and cereal (for the evening)

(From 6 months)

Ingredients for one serving:

  • 200 ml of whole milk (3.5 percent fat) or infant milk feed
  • 20 g (about 3 tablespoons) whole grain cereal flakes (e.g., millet, oats, rice) or semolina
  • 2 tablespoons fruit juice (orange, apple, grape, pear) or fruit puree


Boil corn flakes in the milk or stir according to package directions in the milk and let swell. Cool to eating temperature and stir in juice or fruit puree

If you use baby milk: stir in corn in hot water or boil the water, stir in milk powder after cooling to eating temperature.

Fruit and cereal (for the afternoon)

(From 7 months)

Ingredients for one serving:

  • 100 g fruit or Obstmus (apple, pear, nectarine, apricot, possibly mixed with banana)
  • 90 ml water
  • 20 g (about 3 tablespoons) whole grain cereal flakes (e.g., millet, oats, rice)
  • 1 teaspoon rapeseed oil or almond


Peel the fruit, if necessary, remove the seeds and crushed, finely grate or puree. Boil water and stir in the cereal flakes according to package instructions. Stir in fat and mix the slightly cooled porridge with Obstmus.

practical tips & tricks

To adjust the broth to the needs of your baby

One baby is prone to constipation, the other rather too thin bowel movements. With the right porridge ingredients you can interact with regulating.

  • Stuhlfestigend (ie for thin / too frequent bowel movements) affect carrot, banana, grated apple (fresh grated grater on glass), rice gruel, oatmeal and cream of wheat.
  • Chair gives mainly (ie at hard / too rare bowel movements) cooked apple act (apple sauce), apple juice, pear, apricot, peach, broccoli, cauliflower, fennel, spinach, turnip greens, zucchini, parsnips, pumpkin, millet and Dinkelbrei.
  • If you want to feed your child vegetarian, you should pay attention to plant foods high in iron. These include millet, quinoa, amaranth and oats, and cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, salsify and fennel.
  • The addition of vitamin C to iron absorption is improved. For babies compatible, vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables are as Broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, orange juice (only porridge!), Strawberries. Unfortunately, the "vitamin C leaders" lead like kale or peppers in babies bloating are therefore for the little ones initially not suitable.

Small Time Saves Ricks at yourself cooking

Cook several portions of vegetables and potato meat porridge before and freeze it in portions in an ice maker. This goes well with pureed fruit for Nachmittagsbrei. You can use the fruits frozen in the hot porridge enter which thereby cools faster.

If your baby is already squashed larger portions, you can freeze pre-portioned the broth into freezer bags and heat in the bag quickly in the hot water bath.

spice finished glass

If it should go quickly, finished pulps in glass are of course unbeatable practical. However, important nutrients are sometimes a bit tight here. Includes a baby food is not at least 8 to 10 grams of fat per meal (which is on the label), you should enrich it with a teaspoon of canola oil. Also Vitamin C is often not enough in it. recommended 25 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams. Does the glass less, you should add some orange juice.

Book tips:

  • "Cooking for Babies" by Sonja Sammüller (XXL Edition 2010; 147 pages; 5.00 €)
  • "The best porridges for your baby: simple, tasty and healthy: every month the correct fare" by Anne Iburg (Trias 2010; 104 pages; € 9.99 €
  • "The large GU cookbook for babies and toddlers: The most recent knowledge and more than 220 recipes for Mother and Child" by Dagmar von Cramm (Grafe & Cut in 2007; 192 pages; 19,99 Euro)