When it comes to baby feeding, parents
often remain conscious about what their babies should eat and what they should avoid.
Starting solids for your babies is one of the most difficult decisions. Proper
guideline should be followed by parents before giving solids to their babies.
All of you must be well aware of the foods that your baby should eat. Start
giving solids to your babies when:
sits upright and also holds up his/her head
is interested to know about everything you eat
is still hungry after having the routine food
Following are some of the best foods for
No doubt, every infant is born with
sufficient iron supply but it gets depleted when baby turns six months old.
Hence, it is essential to introduce iron-rich foods. Iron-fortified cereal can
be a great source of iron for your baby. Besides cereal, you can also try
iron-fortified barley and oatmeal.
Sweet potatoes are considered one of the
healthiest superfoods for the baby. It’s because they are enriched with beta-carotene,
which is converted in to vitamin A inside the body. Vitamin A is necessary for
healthy skin, protection from different infections, good vision and normal
Avocados are enriched with monounsaturated
fats that are best for your baby. Simply mash a ripe avocado and then add a
little formula milk in it. Mix it well to make a consistent puree. Give it to
your baby on regular basis.
Yogurt is a great source of protein and
calcium. Give plain yogurt to your baby every day to make their bones strong
and to keep them healthy.
Meat is enriched with protein, iron,
vitamin B6, zinc, niacin and riboflavin. This food is considered best for
babies ranging between 7-10 months and above. Make sure to chop meat well
before cooking so as to avoid any choking. Mix meat with any favorite vegetable
puree and breast milk and then cook it well.
Bananas are a good source of potassium and
calcium. Both these nutrients are considered good for the bones of babies as
they are in the developing stage. Therefore, you must add bananas in the
regular diet of babies. Peel and cut bananas in small pieces and then mashed
them well before giving it to your baby.
to avoid for babies
Baby feeding plays a vital role in the
overall growth of your baby. Care should not only be taken for the foods that
your baby should consume but you should also be careful about the foods that
are considered bad for babies’ health. Your baby may develop food allergies if
you fail to supervise his or her diet. Being a parent, it’s crucial to identify
which foods are unsafe for babies during their growing period. Below is a list
of some foods that are harmful to your baby.
Honey is enriched with clostridium
botulinum spores that can cause infant botulism when entered in babies’
intestines. One year old babies cannot fight this botulism and they may suffer
from constipation. Therefore, avoid giving honey to your babies unless and
until they reach 12 months duration.
Intake of peanut butter can result in
severe allergic reactions. Avoid giving peanut butter to your baby during their
first year. Allergy test should performwhen your baby is 6 months older. It has
been found that your baby is allergic to nuts than avoid giving peanut butter
Some pureed and cooked vegetables have nitrates
that are considered high for babies. These vegetables include spinach, beets, lettuce,
fennel and collard greens. Keep your babies away from these vegetables.
Babies don’t require much salt. They only
need less than one gram salt every day, which is already present in formula and
breast milk. Kidneys of 1 year old baby are not fully developed to handlelarge
quantities of sodium. So, avoid adding salt in baby’s food.
Undoubtedly, grapes are good for children
as they are enriched with nutrients. But avoid giving this fruit to infants and
babies because its skin is hard to break completely. Choking hazard is also
there due to the size and firmness of grapes, even when the fruit is cut in two
No doubt, eggs are full of minerals,
proteins and vitamins but they are not a good choice for young babies.Your babymay
develop egg allergy if you start giving eggs to your baby at early age.On the
other hand, egg yolks are healthy for your babies.
Strawberries are enriched with
antioxidants and vitamin C.unfortunately; this fruit is a little acidic and may
have negative effect on the digestive system of your baby.