Introducing your baby to solid foods (sometimes called weaning or complementary feeding) is an important and irreplaceable part in a baby’s development. At this moment, mothers may feel relieved that they wouldn’t have to breastfeed their babies again. However, it can be stressful and confusing for many to know which specific types of food should they choose and which to avoid. Here are top 4 most suitable fruits and vegetables for a baby’s first year:
It is a widely popular myth that parents should avoid feeding their child fatty foods no matter if it’s healthy. In reality, fat is an irreplaceable part of a baby’s diet as it helps them to absorb other fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamins A, C, D, and E as well as to maintain a healthy skin and proper brain functions. This makes avocados one of the best fruit options for kids as it is jam-packed with a high content of healthy fatty acids such as monounsaturated fats and vitamin E. In addition, they also contain a high amount of other nutrients such as folate, potassium, and B vitamins.
Due to their smooth and creamy texture after being smashed, avocados are easily accepted by babies in the beginning of their weaning process. You can also freely mix them with any other types of fruit to create a new delicious and healthy tasting experience for your child.
Bananas are not only famous for being a healthy and delicious grab-and-go fruit but also for being a perfect first food option for small kids. It’s filled with digestive fiber, B vitamins, and healthy carbohydrates which provide your baby sustained energy without making them feel bloated and uncomfortable. Bananas are also the perfect prevention and treatment when it comes to baby’s constipation and diarrhea.
3. Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are by far one of the most popular vegetables for babies due to their high nutritional value and outstanding taste. The vegetable comes in many varieties ranging from the color of white to pink. While sweet potatoes are generally a good source of vitamin C, B, and phosphorus by themselves, their orange version also provides a significant amount of beta-carotene and their purple version is an antioxidant powerhouse. One big plus for sweet potatoes is that thanks to their natural sweetness, babies generally prefer them to other types of vegetables. The veggie itself does not require any complicated or lengthy preparing method. When serving sweet potato puree, it is recommended that you should add in a little bit of fat so that your baby can fully absorb all of its health benefits.
Broccoli firmly secures its 1st place in the list of superfoods every year. Not only does it stand out as the most concentrated source of vitamins and minerals, the plant is also bursting with antioxidants and cancer-fighting phytonutrients. They greatly help with detoxification and lowering the acidic level of the baby’s body.
While broccoli is almost definitely a must in your baby’s diet, it is not really a good choice as the very first vegetable in the weaning process due to its natural occurrence of nitrate and digestive fiber, which can cause bloating and abdominal discomfort in small kids. As the benefits it brings outweigh the disadvantages, it is best for parents to include it in the baby’s diet after they have reached 8 months old.
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Review Date: August 30, 2017 | Last Modified: August 30, 2017
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