Note to mamas reading this: the topic of when and what first foods you should feed your baby can be somewhat controversial. Before feeding your baby solids, be sure to do your own research and speak with your pediatrician. Remember to trust your instincts and do what you feel is best for your little one!
When to start feeding baby solids
Feeding your baby solids for the first time is an exciting time. Besides having to invest in a high chair, this also means your little one is growing up and has met a major milestone. The question remains: when and what should your baby eat first?
Many pediatricians recommend starting solids at about four to six months old, but never before the four month old mark. Milk should still be the primary source of food at this time, but slowly introducing solids prepares baby for later in life.
Tips from an expert mama
The Honest blog by Dr. Tanya Altmann, “Best First Foods for Baby According to a Pediatrician” is a great resource to reference for what your little one should chow down on first. Here are some of the best and most nutritious foods that Dr. Tanya Altmann, pediatrician and mother herself, recommend.
- Green vegetables: Green vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals. Some examples of good green veggies to try are kale, spinach, and Swiss chard. It is known that those who consume green veggies are less inclined to get diseases and are able to maintain a healthy weight. Other greens you can try are broccoli, green beans, zucchini and asparagus. Greens are easy to steam and puree. Also, try eating them in front of baby so they feel inclined to try them as well.
- Avocados: They are a great source of beneficial monounsaturated fat and fiber. Plus, they are smooth and easy to mash, making them a perfect first food. You can always add breast milk or formula to play with the texture.
- Nut butter: Studies recommend introducing nut products early to help decrease the risks of allergies. You can throw some nut butter in oatmeal or a smoothie for a special treat.
- Eggs: Easy to make and full of protein, eggs are a delicious first food to give your little one. If you don’t feel like making them in the morning, prepare them at night and just throw them in the microwave in the morning.
- Fish: Consuming fish boosts eye and brain development so no wonder it is recommended as a wholesome first food for baby. It also contains Vitamin D and plenty of omega-3 fatty acids.
Don't be afraid to branch out, find what baby enjoys to snack on!
Of course, the five foods above are only recommendations. There are plenty of other nutritious foods out there for your baby to try. Also, if you do not succeed with one food, do not hesitate to try it again later. Remember that babies are not used to these weird, odd textures in their mouth and it can take time for them to warm up to solids.