This is a question that most parents ponder over often, especially new parents. To answer it, there are several factors to consider, the main being the nutritional value that the meat can offer to your baby. Babies, especially those around six months of age, need a lot of iron. It is at this age that a human being needs the highest amount of iron in their lifetime. Meat is super rich in iron. And not just any form of iron but a type of iron that is only present in animal products, and this type of iron is easy to be absorbed into the baby’s body than other types. Other than iron, meat also offers fats, vitamin B12, zinc, and proteins. All these products are crucial for the body to develop.
Can I give my baby meat? This should not be the question to ask. Instead, the question should be, in which form and proportions of meat should I give my baby? Well, at that young age, the baby does not take a lot of solid food, and as a result, you need to be crafty on how to give meet to your baby. Thus, you can give meat to your baby at any time. All you have to do is ensure the meat is soft enough and well-cooked for your baby.
1. Meat in soup
Your baby can be part of the family meal. The meat from the soup that you cook for the family dinner can be served to the baby so long as it is well prepared and tender. This is the most accessible forms of meat that you can offer to your baby, all you have to do is to separate the meat from the soup and select the tender parts, cut into tiny pieces and feed the baby.
Meatballs can be made from any type of meat, be it chicken, bison, veal, lamb, or beef. Take the meat, grind it to finer pieces, add the mild herbs and spices then shape it into meatballs. Be sure to make the right size that the baby can easily hold in his hand without any difficulties. You then bake it in an oven for about 20 minutes at a temperature of 200-degree centigrade. They are ready to serve the baby when cool. This form of meat meal is convenient as it allows one to refrigerate any remains for future consumption.
Just like when making meatballs, grind the meat (bison or beef), then add mild spices and herbs. After which you can shape into kebab shapes about 4 inches each. Next, assemble the mixture on the skewer and heat for about 10 minutes on the barbecue. Your kebabs are ready to be served to the baby when cool.
Please do not go for some sausages from your local store because those are meant for fully grown individuals, and they contain salt and spices in excess along with other preservatives that may not be gentle to the baby’s yet to develop the system. Instead, prepare some homemade sausages that do not have any castings and serve to your baby.
5. Meat on the bone
This type of meat makes the perfect candidate for the meat choice to feed to your toddler. Among other advantages, it is easy to grip and nibble from the bone. This can range from grilled lamb chops to chicken drumsticks.
This refers to meat cooked in a pressure cooker or on a slow cooker. Here you can prepare meals like stews and pulled pork. Ensure to use a very small amount of salt or none at all since babies do not need a lot of salt.
7. Liver pate
The liver offers a lot of iron, among other nutrients, thus including it in your toddler’s menu is very crucial. To prepare a spicy liver pate for your babe, first, melt some coconut oil in a pan, then add other spices and cook the liver in the oil until it is cooked. After that, blend it to form a thick mixture. Feed your baby with a spoon.
Using natural and nourishing ingredients, with no salt, sugar, breadcrumbs, or commercial ketchup added, mix them until they are affirmed together. As you bake the bread for about 20 minutes at around 350 F, prepare ketchup. This is easy, so long as you have a blender handy. Heat the ketchup on a pan for about 20 minutes to simmer until it turns into a thick paste. Take out the cooked loaves and apply the ketchup and serve to the baby.
So as you see, meat is an essential part of a child’s food. However, there are a few precautions that you need to be on the lookout to ensure all goes well. For instance, avoid raw fish and meat; things like sushi and rare steak. Be on the lookout for processed meats such as deli meats, hotdogs, and bacon. Other types, such as fried meat that you are unsure of the oils used in frying, should also be avoided. Ensure to cook the meats alone and observe the required minimum temperatures for foods such as 170F for beef, 160F for pork, 158F for fish, among others.
In conclusion, some precautions should come to you automatically. Things like giving the meat in appropriate pieces to your baby to avoid choking and ensure ease of chewing, along with avoiding excessive spices, salts, and sugars. It is also entirely up to you to decide where to buy the meat that you feed your baby with, however, avoid conventional meat that you pick up at your local grocery as it may contain antibiotics and growth hormones. Instead, go for organic meat choices that do not contain any growth hormones. Alternatively, you can buy from local farmers who do not use the harmful hormones on their animals. Another cheap option is to buy an animal and share it with friends.