As the little ones start to grow up and crawl, it means it’s time to chew. Between what the grandparents tell you to feed your baby and what you feel you should feed the baby, things could get pretty confusing. Most babies are ready for solid food between 4 and 6 months, as by then a baby's digestive system has developed the enzymes necessary to digest a variety of foods. To help you start right, here’s a list of the best foods for your baby:
Cereal. It’s no secret that baby cereal is one of the best foods to start with when it comes to feeding your baby. However, make sure to start by picking a single-grain variety; rice, barley, or oat — hold off on wheat, as it is a common allergen for many babies.
- Veggies are the safest food to give to your baby. They’re wholesome, nutritious, and not likely to trigger allergies. It’s advised to start with the yellow or orange options like sweet potatoes and carrots. After that move on to the green team, like peas and string beans, which have kind of stronger flavors.
- Fruits are easy on the tummy as they are digestible and they’re yummy as well. You could start with mashed bananas or baby applesauce, peaches, or pears.
Yet, when it comes to feeding your baby solid food, it’s important to avoid any food that could be a choking hazard such as nuts, popcorn, raisins, dried cranberries, and globs of peanut butter.
Finally, introducing your baby to the solid food world could be a bit messy but with a few tips to follow it would be a rather exciting experience.