If your baby has completed 6 months, then it is time to introduce semi-solid/ solid foods for the baby along with breast milk or formula milk. Remember, breast milk or formula is the main source of nutrition for babies until one year.
Your baby’s first food must be home cooked, pureed or mashed and easy to digest. Remember to consult the doctor before introducing any new food to your little one. Here are some fruit and vegetable options that are appropriate first foods for your baby:
- Avacado: Avocados are full of essential fats and nutrients including vitamins A, C, niacin and folate; and the minerals potassium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium and calcium.
- Papaya: Papaya is a natural laxative and is good for constipation.
- Pears: Containing vitamins A, C and folate, and minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and calcium, pears are an ideal first food for your baby.
- Sweet potato: This vibrant orange yam is a super-food and is chock-full of vitamins such as vitamins A, C and folate, and minerals like potassium, selenium, magnesium and calcium.
- Pumpkin: A strong favorite with babies, pumpkin is loaded with vitamin A and beta-carotene, and is also a great source of potassium, protein and iron.
- Ragi: Ragi is rich in iron and calcium and is one of the most nutritious and immune boosting foods for babies.
- Apple: Apples are loaded with pectin, a soluble fiber that aids digestion.
- Banana: Another popular first food choice for babies, bananas contain vitamins A, C and folate, and minerals like potassium, selenium, magnesium and calcium.
- Carrot: Carrots are rich in iron, calcium and vitamin C. The high fiber content in carrot helps your infant to have normal bowel movements.
- Stewed Fruits Recipe
- 1 Apple, 1 Pear
- 1 cup water
- Peel both apple and pear.
- Cut both fruits into small pieces.
- Put in a pan or pressure cooker and add water.
- Let the fruits cook for 15-20 minutes till soft or till 5-6 whistles in a pressure cooker.
- Mash or blend the fruit well and serve once cooled.
- Apple Sauce Recipe
- 1 apple (peeled, cut into slices)
- 2 cups water
- Peel the apple and cut it into small pieces.
- Boil the apple pieces in a saucepan.
- Once done, mash the apple slices. You can add breastmilk or formula for required consistency.
- Rice Cereal
- 1/4 cup rice
- 1 cup water
- Wash the rice and cook it in a pressure cooker.
- Mash the cooked rice and add formula or breast milk
- Pumpkin Puree
- 1 pumpkin
- Deseed the pumpkin and cut into small pieces and put it in a pan.
- Once the pumpkin pieces turn soft, mash and puree it. Add water to achieve a smooth consistency
- Carrot Puree
- 1 carrot
- Cut the carrot slices into a steamer pan containing water. Steam until the carrots turn tender.
- Place the contents into a blender and puree them. Add water if needed.
- Banana Puree
- 1 ripe banana
- Blend the banana in a food processor or mash in a bowl.
- Add milk or water to make it thinner or add it to cereal to thicken it