Working parenthood was tough enough before Covid 19—and now it’s an all-out crisis. But when we leave the pandemic, we don’t want to go back to the way things were. It’s an excellent opportunity to assess how we merge children and jobs and move from working parenthood. We do with or without pandemics to hide our challenges, buckle down and feel perennially poor, guilty, struggling, and lonely.
Here is a little help for working parenthood post-pandemic in one of the essential activities: feeding your babies before, while, or after work. These few recipes will give you some ideas on making quick meals to help your children feel satisfied and get you out the door faster.
Baby Taste Buds Rule
Babies may not be old enough to have concerted opinions, but their taste buds do. Babies’ taste buds can be pretty quirky and sometimes picky when it comes to food. They either love it, or their natural reaction is to spit out what offends their tiny sense of taste. In this way, baby taste buds rule their dietary choices.
Three Baby-Friendly Recipes
It is essential to select palatable recipes for the baby’s age and developmental range when choosing baby-friendly recipes. Parents want their baby to eat what is most nutritional and healthy.
For example, newborns and infants have a broad range of nutritional, healthy choices for formula. These include formulas with no glucose such as corn syrup or cane sugar and are non-GMO and Gluten-free. Look for baby recipes free from natural and artificial flavors and colors.
One of the best baby formulas that are FDA approved is Bobbie Organic Infant Formula that offers a nutritional, healthy choice for newborns and infants.
The best baby formula might contain whey or make from goat’s milk, such as Kabrita, which also includes a pre-biotic and whey to casein ratio that bears a close resemblance to breast milk.
Check with Baby’s Pediatrician
When it is time to introduce solid foods, check first with your pediatrician to begin this new food regimen.
You may notice baby grabbing for foods, which indicates when it’s time for new recipes. For teething babies, freeze fruit juice in small freezer bags and introduce the frozen juice by the spoonful.
Solid Food Recipes
If the baby can grip finger foods, there are three recipes that you can make from organic fruits and veggies:
Chick Pea Fritters
Use an air fryer or lightly spray a saute pan with olive or canola oil. This recipe is simple and easy to make:
- 1 cup of ground chickpeas
- 1 cup baby cereal, preferably Quinoa and oats or baby muesli
- 1 tablespoon clover honey
In a medium bowl, blend all three ingredients until they stick together. Add more honey if needed. Shape into patties about 1/2 inch in diameter. Place in a saute pan over medium heat and cook until lightly browned on the bottom. Turn over once to brown.
- Allow cooling to slightly warm before offering to the baby.
Introduce baby to a variety of easily digestible fruits. Use your air fryer to dehydrate apples, bananas, peaches (pits removed), apricots and serve them as finger foods.
Baby’s Blueberry Buckle
- Blueberries are nature’s gift for vitamins.
- 1 cup washed, drained, and dried blueberries
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 cup organic baby cereal
In a medium bowl, blend all ingredients. Place in Pyrex dessert cups and bake until bubbly. Cool before serving. This is a good recipe for a baby’s learning to use a spoon.
- Optional: Top with a tablespoon of almond milk
Baby’s First Pizza
- Another type of finger food recipe is pizza. Baby’s first pizza can be made from prepared organic whole wheat or cauliflower pizza dough.
- Cut dough into 1-inch rounds. Sprinkle 1/4 cup cornmeal onto a lightly oiled baking sheet or parchment.
- Place dough rounds onto the baking sheet. Brush each round with extra virgin olive oil. Top with one large tomato slice and sprinkle with goat or Feta cheese.
- Eggplant slices can also substitute for dough. To use eggplant, sliced in rounds about 1/4 inch thick. Top with a tomato slice and goat cheese. Bake until cheese melts. Cool to touch before serving to baby.
- Babies learn from infancy foods taste as good as they look. This is the first step to helping babies identify early on what is good and avoid.