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Nutritious soup recipes are one of the best and easiest ways to pack your baby with nutrients! Let’s face it, Ireland has long dreary damp winters that just seem to go on forever and ever and ever and ever and ever (if you live here you will absolutely agree with me!).

My husband and my older kids all love soup. Usually, we keep the remains from our Sunday dinner to make healthy stock and once or sometimes twice (depending on how cold it is) we use the stock to make a hearty, healthy meal. We pretty much love all vegetables and have been experimenting recently with different combinations of both vegetables with spices. Some have been amazing! and some not quite so (never to be shared or tried again).

What are good soup recipes for my baby?

I love chicken noodle soup to start with! You can find my recipe here. The recipe doesn’t use salt and instead, the bones leftover from the Sunday roast, with meat that is softly cooked in a broth which makes it super tender. Especially good for those little mouths without any teeth.

  1. Your baby can eat the soft noodles with their hands
  2. The broth is super nourishing
  3. Veggies are all cut into safe blw shapes and are all soft enough to squash between your finger and thumb.
  4. You can also easily pour the soup into a sippy cup and because its broth it is easy for your baby to drink.

If you are vegetarian, you can also make vegetable soup recipes similar to the noodle one, just without the chicken. Make a veggie broth using your favourite veggies. Then strain the veggies away and you have veggie stock!

How do you get a baby to eat soup?

It was after I had cleaned soup out of my hair for the third time that my husband (as much as I don’t want to admit it) suggested using the sippy cups. At first, the soup got clogged in the sucking part so I purchased a new sippy cup that had a straw. I made sure the soup was finely blended with no lumpy parts and it went through the straw just fine. It’s funny because even if he was teething or under the weather I could always get him to drink some soup and know he is getting so much goodness from every sip.

For thicker soups and smaller babies who are not yet quite used to drinking from sippy cups, I simply cut some bread into little squares pour the soup over them until it soaked up completely.

Freezing Soup

Soup freezes really well. I make up individual portions using a regular sized muffin tray and pour the soup until it comes to roughly 3/4 ways up each muffin compartment. Freeze for 24hours then run the backside of the tray under a warm tap for approx 5 secs. Turn upside down on a countertop and each individual soup should fall easily out. Place soup portions into freezer bags and don’t forget to label. They defrost overnight in a refrigerator or in less than 5 mins on a defrost setting in a microwave and are an amazing thing to have in a freezer for your baby.

Writen by Aileen Cox Blundell - number one bestselling author, award winning blogger and Mum of 3 kiddies who all eat their veggies.

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