Once your baby hits six months old, your pediatrician will be advising you to start introducing solid foods to your baby.
And with the many choices available in the stores, it is easy to get confused. There are prepared baby foods that are pureed and packed in jars or pouches. There are baby cereals that you just have to add water or milk into. And of course, there are natural foods like fruits and vegetables that you can prepare for your baby by cooking, mashing or pureeing.
Of course, it will be best to introduce natural food to your child.
Here are some suggested fruits and vegetables you may want to serve to your baby as his or her first food:
Avocado is a super food jam packed with nutrients and antioxidants. It is also a good source of protein and good fats! What’s even better is that you do not have to cook it before serving. Just wash it thoroughly. Slice in half and remove the pit. Cube and then mash and thin a bit with either breastmilk, formula or water. You may also choose to puree it in a food processor using again breastmilk, formula, and water to thin it a bit.
Super cheap yet oozing with vitamins, fiber, and good carbs that your baby needs! Just wash thoroughly, steam or boil, peel and then cube. Like the avocados, you can either mash it and then thin with breastmilk, formula or water or you can choose to puree it in a food processor.
This vegetable is easy to find, very affordable and relatively easy to prepare. It is loaded with vitamins too! Prepare it just like how you would prepare sweet potatoes. Your baby will surely love it!
Banana is a great first food because it is just not easy to prepare, cheap, and full of vitamins. You can also bring it anywhere and come lunch or dinner time, you’ve got lunch for the baby. Prepare it just like the avocado. Peel, slice and mash or puree.
Are super yummy, naturally sweet, eye-catching when it comes to color, and fully loaded with vitamins, particularly Vitamin C which helps build up the baby’s immune system and protects him or her from various viral illnesses such as cough and colds. Ripe mangoes are of course what you should serve to your baby. Wash it thoroughly, slice, and scoop out the flesh. Cube it and mash with a fork, or you may want to puree it and then thin a bit with breast milk, formula or water. This keeps well to especially when frozen.
Grind brown rice until almost pulverized – you can use a coffee grinder for this purpose. For a quarter cup of pulverized rice, you will need a cup of filtered water. Cook the ground brown rice in boiling water until it hits a very soft porridge-like consistency this will take about ten to 15 minutes. This is a great source of carbohydrates for your child to supply him with his needs.
So that you would not have to make food each time your child will eat, you can choose to prepare in batches and freeze. There are many available food containers for this purpose. You can actually even make some baby food and store it in ice trays. Freeze and then once frozen you can transfer the frozen baby food into zip lock containers and thaw one or two cubes every meal time.
Also, make sure that all utensils that will be used in preparing food and feeding your baby such as bowls, spoons, forks and the like have been sterilized to ensure cleanliness and protect your child from digestive or viral illnesses.
You may feed your child once a day during the first week, and then twice a day on the succeeding weeks, until he can eat three times a day. Pediatricians also advice to serve the same food for three straight days so you can accurately observe rule out possible allergies. Should you notice allergies or irritations following a feeding take note of it and mention it to the pediatrician when you feed these first food for baby.