5 healthy foods for your baby

Eating & Nutrition   |   Age: 7 months

5 healthy foods for your baby

At around 6 months old, your baby is probably about the right age to join you in the wonderful world of solid food, but that doesn’t mean that she is ready for a five-course meal. It also doesn’t mean she is stuck eating nothing but pre-packaged, jarred baby food until she has a full set of teeth. Some foods are more baby-friendly than others, even if they’re technically ‘adult’ foods.

  1. Avocado
    Avocados make a great ingredient in homemade baby food when they’re mashed up, but they’re also a great snack for your baby all on their own. Avocados are packed with potassium, vitamin K, folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, and omega-3s, but they also have the most protein contained in anything that’s technically a fruit. And the fact that they’re naturally squishy and creamy and smooth, instead of needing to be boiled to get that way, makes them an ideal baby food.
  2. Sweet potato
    Sweet potatoes are mild enough - and, yes, sweet enough - to appeal to your baby’s sweet tooth (or lack-of-tooth), but they’re deceptively vitamin-packed. They’re full of all the vitamin A your baby could need, and they’re not a bad source of fiber or vitamin C, either. They’re great as soft chunks for your baby to gum, and just as good as a solid base for a more complex homemade baby food.
  3. Yogurt
    Yogurt may be packed with calcium, brimming with live cultures that could help boost your baby’s immune system, and gentle on the digestive systems of children with lactose sensitivities, but its real appeal for your baby is its texture. The coagulated texture of yogurt is ideal for staying on shallow, rounded baby spoons, even when your little mealtime explorer starts making some more radical movements. Once your baby is at least 6 months old, yogurt is a great early food option.
  4. Lentils
    Lentils aren’t just for vegetarians, though they’re not bad for that either. Lentils are packed full of both protein and iron, and when they’re cooked, they’re the perfect squishy, mushy texture to help your baby start to get used to textured food, as she starts to transition away from purees. And if she is still in her puree phase, they’re also easy to puree or mash.
  5. Mandarin oranges
    If you and your baby are embarking on a self-feeding adventure, it’s probably a good idea to brace yourself for things to get a little messy. To save yourself a lot of cleaning trouble, try choosing finger-feeding-friendly foods for her earliest meals. Mandarin orange slices cut down to the right size are definitely a good place to start - they’re easy to grip, not so easy to smear, and your baby may get a little sticky eating them, but that’s probably the worst of it. They’re also a great source of vitamin C and vitamin A.

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