Is your baby six months old? Then it is now time for you to feed your baby different kinds of food. The baby starts to get used to different tastes and textures and will also form opinions on which food it likes or even dislikes. Here are 10 best baby food ideas.
They are the perfect weaning food as they have a naturally sweet taste and smooth texture when they are pureed. Carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, butternut squash, and parsnips are some veggies you can try.
Broccoli is a super food full of Vitamin C and contains beta-carotene, potassium, and iron. Broccoli is best consumed when its steamed or microwaved. Boiling it would reduce its Vitamin C by half. If your baby doesn’t like its taste, then you can mix sweet tasting vegetables like sweet potato or butternut squash. Zucchini is also a very good source for beta-carotene. The nutrients lie in its skin, so make sure you don’t peel it.
Pulses and Beans
Beans and pulses are another good sources of iron and protein. They are quick and easy to cook and are a great substitute for meat and fish. Feeding your baby beans, lentils, chickpeas, twice a day, would be a good idea. You can also give well-mashed lentils with sweet potatoes to help them absorb the nutrients better.
This amazing fruit-vegetable is very rich in unsaturated fat which helps in boosting brain development. You can feed your baby mashed avocados or even make baby guacamole.
Bananas are great sources of potassium, vitamin B and C, calcium, and iron. You could feed your baby banana and mango puree or even make a smoothie with banana and peach along with whole-milk yogurt.
Blueberries are super foods bursting with antioxidants. The brilliant blue color will also benefit your baby’s eyes and brain. You can feed your baby a blend of blueberries served with a spoonful of yogurt.
Protein and Iron
Lack of iron causes anemia. Meat is an excellent source of protein and a great source of iron and zinc. Once your baby is happily eating pureed or well-mashed fruit and vegetables, you can move on to pureed meat. Always take care to cook any meat thoroughly, until the juices run clear, and remove any bones.
Other than bananas and blueberries, apples, pears, apricots, papayas, and peaches are also great for babies. Apples are easy to digest and are popular with doctors. Pears are one of the least allergenic foods. Apricots are a good source of fiber and beta-carotene. Peaches are easy to digest and provide a lot of Vitamin C.
Yogurt is extremely rich in Calcium and Vitamin D, which are necessary for healthy bones and teeth. Make sure to feed plain whole-milk yogurt, with no sugar added. The whole-milk yogurt will provide the calories for the baby to gain weight. You can feed your baby just yogurt, or add pureed berries.
Forming your own 6-month baby food timetable or a baby food chart would be a great idea. It will help keep track of what you are feeding your baby, how much, and when. Baby food diet is to be taken care of with proper research on benefits of the food for your baby.