When it comes to baby feeding, parents often remain conscious of what their babies should eat and what they should avoid. Starting solids for your babies is one of the most difficult decisions. Proper guidelines 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:
- He/she sits upright and also holds up his/her head
- He/she is interested to know about everything you eat
- He/she is still hungry after having the routine food
The following are some of the best foods for baby feeding.
No doubt, every infant is born with sufficient iron supply but it gets depleted when the 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.
2. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are considered one of the healthiest superfoods for the baby. It’s because they are enriched with beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A inside the body. Vitamin A is necessary for healthy skin, protection from different infections, good vision, and normal growth.
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 a 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.
Foods 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 tests should perform when your baby is 6 months older. It has been found that your baby is allergic to nuts than avoid giving peanut butter to the baby.
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 babies are not fully developed to handle large quantities of sodium. So, avoid adding salt in the 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 halves.
No doubt, eggs are full of minerals, proteins, and vitamins but they are not a good choice for young babies. Your baby may develop egg allergy if you start giving eggs to your baby at an 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 a negative effect on the digestive system of your baby.
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