Even though rice cereals are marketed as a great start to your baby’s solid journey, there are a host of fresh and healthy, fruits and vegetables that you can introduce to your baby during the transitional stage.
One of the first rules to remember while transitioning your baby from the breast to ‘food’ is to introduce one new food at a time, as not only will it give your baby’s sensitive digestive system plenty of time to adjust to the new ingredients, but will also let you see whether or not your baby can safely eat it without getting any food allergies.
Tips While Starting Solids
- Wait till your baby is at least six months old before introducing solids
- Start by feeding a teaspoon of the food to your baby and wait for any reaction. Your baby may eat it up with a smile or spit it up. Depending on your baby’s interest and ease, gradually increase the amount from a teaspoon to a tablespoon, moving on to a small bowl with a few tablespoons.
- Give the new food once in the day in the beginning then space it to about two to four feeds through the day.
- Use fresh fruits and vegetables while feeding your baby and discard any leftovers.
Here are four foods that can be the healthiest first foods for your baby.
Avocado: Did you know that avocados are loaded with essential fats and nutrients that are great for your baby’s developing brain as well as overall physical health? In addition avocados also contain folate, potassium, fiber, vitamin E and iron. Take the meat out of the fruit and mash it with a fork. Add breast milk or formula to mash and make into a soft creamy consistency.
Banana: The mucosal properties of banana coat your baby’s tummy and smoothen digestion. Its also packed with fiber and vitamins such as B6, C and B2 that will provide energy. Mash a ripe banana and heat it for 25 seconds in the microwave to make it softer.
Butternut Squash: Butternut squash is good for your baby’s eyes, helps to strengthen immunity and also contains antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant properties that will protect your baby against various infections and inflammations. Tip: Cut the squash and place face down in a pan and cover with water. Bake till it starts to pucker and take the meat out. Puree the squash meat and add water or breast milk to make it creamy.
Pears: Pears prevent and reduce constipation, which often affects babies once they start the transition from liquids to solids. Peel and cut the pear into small pieces and steam it till it turns soft. Mash it with a fork.