Best Solid Foods for Baby
When it's time to start introducing solid foods to your baby, your choices are endless. Besides the usual strained suspects, which foods are good ones to try - which ones make easy-to-eat, nutritionally-rich choices? Here are a few suggestions.
Baby Cereal: Fortified with much-needed iron, unlikely to cause an allergic reaction, easy to digest and easily "customized" with fruit & vegetable purees to perfectly fit your baby's emerging palate, infant cereal is a great "starter" food.
Avocado: Soft and tasty, avocados are jammed with nutrients. They also have more protein than most other produce, and are a good source of "liquid" fats - meaning it won't take much to satisfy your little one. Just be sure to serve only fully ripe avocados.
Banana: Bananas are just about the perfect baby food. Easily portable, soft enough to eat without many teeth and full of energy-producing carbs and fiber.
Eggs: Packed with protein, vitamins A, D, E and B12, and brain-boosting choline - eggs make a great, healthy snack. Talk to your pediatrician before introducing eggs, especially if your family has a history of egg allergies.
Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes make an excellent gateway veggie for your little one just starting solids. She'll enjoy the flavor while taking in plenty of vitamin A and potassium.
Yogurt: Yogurt will provide your baby with calcium, protein and phosphorous, building blocks for healthy bones and teeth. It's also a source of probiotics, which will help keep that little digestive tract healthy. Stick with full-fat, unflavored yogurt - just add fruit puree for extra sweetness and flavor. Since some babies may have a reaction to yogurt, talk to your doctor before introducing it to your child.
Cheese: When your baby is ready for finger foods, cheese makes a great choice. It's a good source of calcium, protein and B12. Be sure to cut it up into small bites so it is not a choking hazard.
Red meat and poultry: It's extremely important that growing kids get enough iron and protein, and meat and poultry are good sources of these crucial nutrients. Feed younger babies pureed meats; if they don't like the flavor, add fruits or veggies to the mix. When they're older, offer well-cooked, diced meats.