One of the most exciting firsts that parents will experience with their baby is the introduction of solid foods. The transition from breast milk or formula to solids involves making every new food an adventure as well as a tremendous opportunity to get to know your little one. While you’re getting acquainted with your baby’s preferences, you’ll also want to give attention to nutrition, convenience, and price (of course). To help you out, we’ve prepared a quick list of what we think are the best first foods for your baby.
This list is a mixture of different solid foods belonging to different food groups. If you’re unsure about whether or not your baby is physically ready for a certain solid, you can check out our baby feeding guide.
Fruits and Vegetables
Other than the typical baby cereals, the first solid foods that your baby will be ready for are fruits and veggies. These amazing foods provide lots of essential nutrients while still remaining to be affordable and easy to prepare.
These sweet and colourful berries come packed with anthocyanins which are good for babies’ eyes, brains, and urinary tracts. They are also rich in vitamin-C and have the highest antioxidant content among all the fruits.
A rich source of unsaturated and monosaturated fats, avocados are great for brain development and the prevention of heart diseases. It has been noted that the fat composition is similar to that of breast milk, which makes it a good weaning food. Avocados are also rich in protein, easy to prepare and can be very filling.
Bananas are great carbohydrates and fiber which makes them both good for providing sustained energy, as well as a healthy digestive tract. What parents will love about this fruit in particular is that it’s easily portable, very economical, and extremely easy to prepare.
These tasty orange veggies are extremely rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A, making it an ideal weaning food. Another great thing about them is that they are naturally sweet, which babies will love. It is important to note that darker, older carrots contain more nutrients than baby carrots.
- Sweet Potatoes
These root crops are great sources of potassium, vitamin C, fiber, and beta-carotenes. These, like carrots, are also naturally sweet and easy to prepare. It doubles as a parent’s cooking dream and a baby’s meal-time delight.
Once your baby has started getting the hang of solid foods, you’ll be given a little more freedom regarding the things you can prepare for him/her. This, of course, involves the inclusion of animal meat and by-products. While shellfish and dairy are still very much off the menu, you can give your baby a big protein boost with these superfoods. Again, we advise that you glance back at our baby feeding guide and/or consult your paediatrician before proceeding.
Usually one of the first red meats to be introduced to babies, chicken provides heaps of protein, vitamin B6. Small amounts of well-cooked chicken breast mixed with baby cereal or baby rice and vegetables make a great well-balanced meal.
- Red Meat
While it’s not generally regarded as a baby food, meat is a great source of protein, zinc and iron. Though it’s not advisable to serve it as a barbeque or a roast, preparing a well-balanced stew is a great way of introducing a new world of flavours and nutrients to your little one.
Though considered inadvisable for babies in the past due to allergic reactions, experts are now agreeing that the nutrients that eggs have to offer are too abundant to avoid. Eggs contain zinc, vitamins A, D, E, and B12 in the yolk as well as a significant amount of protein in the whites. However, it is always advisable to consult your paediatrician before introducing them into the diet, especially if the family has a history of allergies.
Of course, the risks of allergies will always be present, especially since you don’t know all that much about your little one just yet. This is why it’s generally best to introduce new foods one at a time, for two or three days at a time.
It’s also very important to remember that your baby’s readiness for solids marks some new physical changes as well, including teething and improved motor skills. This means that your baby will be putting most everything in his/her mouth. This can get messy and dangerous. In this aspect, we’re here to help. Check out our shop’s oral care and teethers section today!