Baby’s First Foods

At approximately five months, your baby’s first “eating” skill is learning to swallow. Let her sip pure water, which is the best you can offer. Water will delight her. Then slowly introduce other foods, one at a time. This gentle approach helps you identify any allergic reaction to a particular food. Mashed bananas are the one raw food you can give her. Otherwise offer cooked and pureed apples, pears, prunes, broccoli, yams, winter squash, carrots or egg yolk. High omega-3 egg yolk provides protein and essential fatty acids. Favor organic eggs from free-range chickens. Between seven and nine months, add to her vegetable choices mashed peas, parsnip and rutabaga. New fruits include avocado, peaches and nectarines. Continue to offer her new foods, even if she refused them in the past. Sometimes it takes multiple exposures for her to develop a taste for a new food. At ten months you can start to introduce poultry. By now, she can mange soft pieces of food as well as mixed foods like vegetable soup. As soon as she can sit up in a booster chair, provide her with her own little bowl and spoon and be sure to include her at the table during family mealtime. Of course, she’ll make a mess as she learns to feed herself, but how she’ll love participating with the family! The first molars come in around her first birthday and indicate a readiness for meat and quality, specially-prepared grains. Because the carbohydrates in grains are hard to digest they are best delayed until she’s a year and then require special preparation such as fermentation, soaking and/or pre-chewing. Do not offer her honey, spinach and soy products during the first year as they’re potentially toxic. Avoid the common allergens in her first year which are wheat, milk, soy, corn, egg white, citrus fruits, kiwi, strawberries and nuts and nut butters. Your baby’s taste acuity and nutrient needs exceed ours. Freshly cooked food offers more flavor, nutrients and energy than canned foods. If you cannot always cook from scratch for your baby, please do so at least some of the time.Before the age of one, please don’t give your baby salted foods or any food with added sugar, flavorings or coloring agents. Please, do not give your infant or toddler fruit juice. This commonplace practice, which is only several decades old, is misinformed and has unfortunate consequences. If your child is already habituated to juice you can wean her from it by diluting the juice with an increasing amount of water or (if twelve months or older) a mild herbal tea. Offer toddlers and older children pieces of seasonal fruit as a daily snack and diluted juice as an occasional treat. May you and your baby be well nourished,

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