Everyone knows that a newborn needs to be fed with breast milk. But nobody exactly talks about the time when the baby can start having foods other than milk and what food one should give to their infants during the first 12 months. Breast milk is the most important food for babies, but a baby’s eating habits will be developed based on what you feed them in the first year. Your baby’s diet should include baby solid food only after 6 months of their birth. According to many studies, it is best to feed them only milk (breast or formula). After 6 months you may start experimenting with different infant food items and see which baby solid food your baby likes. We are giving you a baby food list that you may consider to decide what you want your baby to have besides milk.
Babies are attracted to anything that looks good to eyes. You can lure them into having fancy-looking fruits like strawberries and other kinds of berries easily. Avoid feeding them large pieces as it may cause choking. You may chop the berries into small pieces and feed the baby in small amounts at a time. You may also cut the berry into small pieces to make perfect finger food for your baby. Berries are a good source of magnesium, zinc and multiple vitamins. If you are worried about your baby being allergic to berries from the rose family, you should still consider feeding berries in a small amount to your baby just once and watch closely for any sign of an allergy. Your attention and care are utmost important to keep your baby healthy. Things fed in the early months actually reduce the chances of allergies.
When you plan on starting baby on solids, leafy vegetables are a good option to start with. Leafy green vegetables are an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, folate, vitamin C, and vitamin K. These elements help strengthen bone build-up in your baby’s body. You can make vegetable puree of these leafy vegetables or blend them into a smoothie to feed your baby with. Give them small amounts on a spoon. Your infant might be reluctant to take it initially. But you should try more than once, once their taste buds are comfortable with its taste. You are good to go for the rest of your life and escape from worrying about them not taking healthy food.
We all know the benefits of lentils. Lentils are rich in protein, fiber, and iron. Lentils also contain vitamin B and many other minerals. When you boil lentils with certain spices and cook it properly, it turns out to be a creamy and yummy dish that your baby will definitely like. The smooth texture of cooked lentil is easy to swallow for your baby. Additionally, you can always mix a variety of lentils to induce taste variations. The lentils always make good baby eating food.
Every dietitian recommends oatmeal to every age group, certainly due to its innumerable benefits. Oatmeal happens to be one miraculous infant food with its fibrous qualities. Oatmeal easily turns into creamy food that is easy to intake for babies. Oats are rich in fiber and other nutrients which are beneficial for your baby’s growth. This grain food is light on your newborn’s delicate digestive system and does not cause constipation and discomfort. Another benefit of oatmeal is that you may blend this superfood with many vegetables and fruits to create a variety of dishes.
Six months is the right age for your baby eating food that serves all kinds of nutrients that are beneficial for your newborn. The easiest way to get your baby to have healthy veggies is by grinding them into a puree. The vegetable puree will furnish many nutrients in your baby’s body. You may also cut the vegetables into finger food to ensure that your baby gets nourishment even when they are chewing leisurely. Avoid giving small pieces that are big enough to choke them up. You can also give them fruit puree just like these vegetable purees.
Most of the time you will hear people asking you to avoid giving nuts to your newborn before 1 year. The major reason is the risk of nut allergies that may occur in your baby’s body. But this turns out to be a myth. Research shows that it is fine to give nuts to your babies in the form of butter and mixed with other foods. Feeding nuts to your baby at an early age minimizes the threat of them developing an allergy to nuts later in life. Remember not to feed them chunk or whole nut instead grind the nuts into small pieces or stick to butter spreads.
You should be very cautious with eggs when you switch to baby solid food. Egg yolks are healthy for babies and you should start feeding the yolks to your little one. But egg whites should not be given to babies at this early age. The proteins in egg whites may cause an allergic reaction to your baby.
Along with the allowed baby food list, you must also be aware of the things that you should not introduce in your baby’s diet before they are 1 year old. Some food items should not be fed until they are 4 years old. Learn about your newborn’s development and needs. Some of the solid food items that are a big no-no for your baby are whole grains, honey, citrus fruits, seafood, etc. You should also refrain from feeding cow’s milk to your baby because the enzymes present in the milk are too heavy for your baby’s digestive system. Also, never feed large chunks of food or hard and small items like whole grapes or candies. Soft and slippery items should also be avoided because your baby may swallow them quickly and it may trigger dangers later.
The bottom line is, when you are starting baby on solids, you should start feeding most of the fruits like banana, papaya or mango but refrain from tangy citrus fruits. Always consider consulting your doctor if you are unsure about any food item and are willing to feed it to your newborn. And lastly, always trust your motherly instincts. Happy motherhood!