Applesauce, pureed peas and carrots are out and eggs, nut butters and fish are in. As parents, we are always on the hunt for nutritious foods to feed our babies, and these listed foods are definitely outside the cereal box. Not only are they beneficial, they can be used in such a wide variety of meals. Mash ‘em, chop ‘em, stir ‘em up and you have a yummy meal/snack for your baby.
Your baby should be introduced to solids around 4 to 6 months of age so there is no worry there!
For this #BumpDay, we gathered a few foods that you should consider feeding your baby:
- Eggs: Hard-boiled, scrambled- you name it! Eggs are a perfect first solid for your baby. First, they are very versatile, so mash up some hard boiled/scrambled eggs with some water or formula and you have a tasty breakfast. They also offer key nutrients such as iron, folate and choline, protein, and vitamins A, D and E.
- Pureed Fruits and Vegetables: Vitamin-rich fruits and veggies should be a staple in your baby’s diet as you start introducing them to solid foods. Avocados, bananas, broccoli and sweet potatoes are all healthy choices. You can puree them together, or steam vegetables and then serve them cold to make it easier to eat.
- Cold-water Fish: Salmon, canned tuna and sardines are an excellent source of DHA for a baby. DHA is important for brain development, so it is necessary to include it in your baby’s diet. The best way to do this is to bake your desired fish, puree it to a smooth consistency and voila- a nutritious dinner. Just avoid shellfish, as it can be allergenic, and fish that are high in mercury and other pollutants.
- Wheat Bread and Crackers: Bread is often controversial for parents due to the high content of gluten. However, there is evidence that suggests excluding wheat from a baby’s diet can potentially lead to the development of an autoimmune disorder. So grab a bowl of cream of wheat or a handful of crackers and fill your baby up!
- Yogurt: You can start feeding your baby small amounts of unsweetened yogurt as soon as they start to eat solids, though you should avoid cow’s milk until age 1. Yogurt is an excellent source of protein and also provides your baby with key nutrients, such as calcium and other vitamins!
As always, speak to your pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns about what to feed your baby.