I’ve been so swamped with work these past few weeks that I’ve hardly introduced any new food item to Princess for a while.
Her typical menu now reads like this:
Energy Replenisher 6am – Friso Milk 180ml
Breakfast 9.30am – Fruit Puree mixed with FrisoCrem Cereal (if in school); or Fruit Puree mixed with Healthy Times/Happy Bellies Brown Rice Cereal (if at home)Lunch 12.30pm – Porridge
Tea 2.30pm – Fruits (usually served apple or banana in school)
Late Afternoon Tummy-Filler before Daddy picks her up from School – 5pm – Friso Milk 90ml
Dinner 6.30pm – Porridge
Pre-sleep Inducer 8pm – Friso Milk 90ml
Dreamfeed-to-last-her-through-the-Night 10.30pm – Friso Milk 180ml
Over conversation during a casual meetup with Maddy’s Mum y’day, she suggested that I introduce Cottage Cheese to Dana as Baby Maddy loves it. Being a Cheese lover myself, I wasted no time in getting a tub of ‘Dairy Farmers’ Cottage Cheese’ from the supermarket and prepared it for Dana as tea today. 🙂
My recipe? Mix 2 tablespoons of Cottage Cheese with 1 mashed banana. Dana didn’t seem to reject it but she didn’t finish all either. Perhaps the strong cheese taste does need some getting used to. Will try again tomorrow with some of the frozen mango puree 🙂 In this regard, we’re very glad that Dana has been quite adventurous when it comes to food! As her Daddy always says, “Of cos! She’s a Sim!”
Since we’re on the topic of Cheese, here are some useful tips for mummies from wholesomebabyfood.com:
When can my baby eat Cheese?
Cheeses are typically offered to the non-allergic baby between 8 and 10 months of age. If your baby has a known or suspected dairy allergy (either a milk protein or lactose intolerance) then you should wait to introduce cheese and other dairy when your infant is older.
Cheese is very good for baby and provides calcium, “good” fats and protein too! You can introduce cheese to your baby by offering cottage cheese. If baby cannot grasp, melt cheeses over vegetables or add to veggie/meat purees. If baby can grasp and has had Baby Finger Foods, cut cheeses into small bits and offer to baby as a snack.
What are some ‘Safe’ Cheeses to offer My Baby?
The “safest” types of cheeses are Cottage Cheese, Ricotta, Cream Cheese, Processed Cheeses and Hard Cheeses like Cheddar and Parmesan. Cheeses such as Brie, Feta and Bleu Cheese are amongst those called “soft” cheeses which are typically not cultured and in many countries, are made from raw (non-pasteurized) milk. Products made from raw milk may carry a bacteria called listeria so it’s best to avoid giving to babies. Cultured dairy products like yogurt and Cottage Cheese are generally considered to be safe for both babies.
Recipes for Introducing Cottage Cheese to Your Baby
Mix cottage cheese with your baby’s favorite fruit purée or fruit dices.
Spread cottage cheese and fruit purée over toast, bagel or bread.
Mash cottage cheese and avocado for a healthy snack.
Mix some cooked veggies with cottage cheese; offer mixed with rice or noodles as you desire.