Baby Food Recipes 4 Months: What to Look For So You Can Make the Best Baby Food For Your Child

on August 16, 2021

Now that your baby is 4 months old, breast milk is not going to give them the nutrients that they require. Your little one is now ready to take the next step in their culinary journey and, with the help of Sweetpea Foods and their range of baby food suitable for 4 months and up, you’ll be ready too.

Baby Food comes in stages, and you have officially entered Stage 1. This exciting milestone means that your baby may be ready for liquid purees and, ultimately, baby rice cereal. Your baby will now have the joy of sampling the magnificent flavours of:

  • Banana porridge
  • Mushy spuds, peas and corn
  • Baked beans
  • Pumpkin risotto

All you need is a little bit of warm water and the right amount of Sweetpea baby rice cereal and you’re there.

Baby Food Recipes 4 Months: What food can I feed my baby?

Sweetpea Foods baby rice cereal provides a great addition to a baby’s diet. However, your goal should be to introduce your baby to smooth, blend-able, mashable foods, such as: 

  • Fruits (e.g. bananas, avocados, peaches)
  • Vegetables (e.g. sweet potatoes, baby carrots)
  • Meats (e.g. chicken, turkey)
  • Grains (e.g. barley, oats, wheat and rice)

How do I know if my 4 months baby is ready for baby food?

Have you noticed your baby doing any of the following?

  • Being able to stay steady in a sitting upright position when supported
  • Demonstrating good head and neck control
  • Reaching out for your food
  • Showing an interest in food (i.e. looking at people’s plates, etc.)
  • Swallowing their food instead of spitting it back out
  • Opening their mouth when you offer them food on a spoon

Because, it turns out that these are the signs that your baby may be ready to try more solid foods and you can start introducing them to thicker textures.

Baby food recipes 4 months: Introducing Fruits

Fruits make great Stage 1 baby food. For starters, they have many nutritional qualities, as they are packed with vitamins and minerals that help your baby grow, such as vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus and folic acid. That’s why we stock a banana porridge flavour of baby rice cereal (well, that, and who doesn’t love banana porridge?).

They are also a great way to introduce your baby to sweeter tastes. The best fruits should have a mashable texture; like peaches, bananas, avocados, etc. If you can blend them or mash them, you can feed them to your baby.

Baby Food Recipes 4 Months: Introducing Solids

When your baby expresses that they are ready, it is time to introduce a slightly thicker texture into their diet. This is where Sweetpea Foods’ baby cereal can help. For starters, Sweetpea Foods have a wide selection of flavors, such as banana porridge, mushy spuds mixed with corn and peas, baked beans, or pumpkin risotto.

If your concerns are more health related, you don’t need to worry about that either. Our baby cereals are full of all kinds of fruit, veggies and grains, fortified with iron, and gently drum dried and milled into a fine flake with no artificial colours or flavours added. The end result is food for your baby that is both healthy and easy to eat.

How long is it going to take to make these baby rice cereals? It's understandable that life gets very busy when you become a parent, and you might not have time to make baby rice cereal. But no need to worry because we mean it when we say that our cereals are easy to prepare. Not only are our baby rice cereals tasty and healthy, but all you need to make them is some warm water.

How much baby food should a 4 month old eat?

When you start feeding your child baby food, you should aim for about 1-2 tablespoons twice a day. Each pouch of Sweetpea Foods comes with 125g of rice cereal which equates to 12 serves.

Homemade Baby Food Recipes 4 Months: What can I puree?

Now that your baby is older, milk isn't going to be enough to satisfy their hunger or meet their nutritional requirements. However, here’s where the fun begins, because now you can use your creativity to show your baby new foods with different tastes and textures. As long as the foods you use can blend into a very smooth puree, you can introduce your baby to:

  • Fruits (e.g. bananas, avocados, peaches)
  • Vegetables (e.g. sweet potatoes, baby carrots)
  • Meats (e.g. chicken, turkey)
  • Grains (e.g. barley, oats, wheat and rice)

How often should I feed my 4 month baby food?

You have to start small, with 1-2 tablespoons of food. As your baby becomes more confident, you can eventually work your way up to 3-4 tablespoons.

You should only introduce a new food to your baby 3 days after the last new food. Not only does this stop your baby from being overwhelmed by new tastes, but it helps you find any of your baby’s intolerances or allergies.

If you’re looking for a wide range of baby rice cereal with many different flavours look no further than Sweetpea Foods. Our foods are nutritious, Aussie grown, easy to prepare and, most importantly, very tasty.

Nutritionist, Claire Power, wishes that Sweetpea’s products had been around when her children were starting solids.

 Claire Power Nutritionist

“It can be overwhelming for new parents with so many options and different styles with purees or baby led weaning. From 4 to 6 months old I recommend starting with smooth purees and increasing texture and flavours rapidly. Vegetables and fruits should be some of the first foods babies try along with an iron-fortified meal such as in the Sweetpea mixes, because iron is a very important mineral for little ones to have a healthy development,” says Claire.

“Full of good stuff, made in Australia and with no nasties, Sweetpea’s baby meals are the ideal first foods for babies. I especially like that they’re a dry food that only requires warm water to instantly become a convenient, delicious and nutritious plant-based meal with wholegrains, protein and iron.”

Adds Claire: “The Sweetpea range is also great for including different tastes and textures which is important for babies to be exposed to. As a mum and nutritionist, their banana porridge, baked beans, mushy veg and pumpkin risotto are the perfect healthy and quick snack for little ones starting solids that are also ideal for busy parents.”