The 5 Best First Foods for Your Baby
It is such an exciting time when it comes time to introduce baby to her first foods. Figuring out which foods to introduce first can be hard.
Figuring out when baby is ready for food can also be difficult. In this article, we are going to talk about the 5 best foods to start your baby with, when to start her on solid food, and the foods to avoid.
Is my baby ready for solid food? If you answer no to any of the following questions, it may be wise to hold off a little longer before introducing anything other than breast milk or formula.
- Is my baby at least 6 months old?
- Can my baby sit unassisted?
- Is baby interested in my food when I am eating?
- Can my baby use pinching fingers to grab food in front of her?
- Has my baby lost her tongue thrust reflex?
If you answered yes to all of these questions, your baby may just be ready to try solid foods!
Yay. Baby is ready for food. So, now the question arises of what to feed her first? Below, you will find a list of the 5 best “first” foods for baby!
The 5 Best First Foods for Baby:
- Avocado: Avocado is loaded with healthy fats and nutrients essential for brain growth and development
- Egg Yolk: Egg yolk is a great source of protein, healthy fats, and healthy cholesterol. It is a great source of choline which is so good for growing brains and good eyesight!
- Bananas: Bananas not only taste great, they are loaded with potassium and other nutrients growing bodies need
- Squash: There are so many varieties of squash. Butternut is a good starter squash as it is loaded with Vitamins A and C and magnesium.
- Pears: Pears are loaded with folate and other vitamins and nutrients. They’re delicious and easy for babies to grasp on to.
It is important to remember when introducing new foods, to only introduce one new food over the course of a couple days to monitor any potential allergic reactions your baby may have.
Foods to Skip:
Infant cereals: Infant cereals are basically horrible tasting sugar. There is little to no health benefit of baby cereal and it is basically a “filler” food solely for the sake of keeping baby full longer in between bottle/breast feedings. Babies can’t fully digest it amongst the lack of nutrients it provides.
Speaking of sugar, you should skip that too. There is no need to start your perfect little baby on the road to battling sugar addiction at such a young age. There are no health benefits to refined sugars, and they’re actually significantly detrimental to your overall health and well-being.
It is important to remember that food should be secondary when it comes to the nutrition of your child. Breast milk and/or formula should be your baby’s primary source of nutrition for her first year of life. Always attempt to breast or bottle feed your infant before feeding them food.
What foods were the first you introduced to your little ones?