Weaning with Spices – Tip 3

So you’ve mastered the basics… you’ve decided you and your little one are both ready to explore the world of weaning with spices, and you’re fully up to speed with how to do this (see weaning with spices tip 2 – How to Introduce Spices into Baby’s Diet).

Now the fun can really begin! Experimenting with lots of different flavours and watching your little one enjoy tasty meals is the most satisfying feeling in the world! I remember when I was busy cooking up a storm for my little one, I was essentially serving her love in a bowl! It was great when she’d gobble down her meal, but it did make it that much harder if she rejected it. Be prepared – this will happen. But don’t get disheartened as baby’s tastes change all the time, so what she rejects this week, might be something she adores next. That’s why it’s so important to keep experimenting with different aromatic spices – this will help you offer a wide range of meals, broaden your little one’s palate and get her used to trying new and exciting flavours.

But which aromatic spices (sometimes referred to as ‘background spices’) are safe to use in baby food? Well most are safe to use in ground, fresh or dried varieties provided you use just a pinch at a time initially.

Below are some of the spices and herbs that are safe to use in baby food but there are lots more.

  • Basil
  • Bay leaves
  • Black pepper
  • Cardamom
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Curry leaves
  • Dill
  • Garlic powder
  • Ground ginger
  • Mint
  • Nutmeg
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Saffron
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Turmeric
  • Vanilla
  • White pepper

If you’d like to try some baby-friendly recipes using some of the above spices, click here for Zainab Jagot Ahmed’s weaning recipes.

Written by Zainab Jagot Ahmed, author of Easy Indian SuperMeals for Babies, Toddlers and The Family. Available to buy now from Amazon and Waterstones. Recommended by Prima Baby & Pregnancy and Mother & Baby.

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