So it's getting time for you to dig in to baby food. Perhaps you are aware that although infant cereal is one of the most common first foods in western culture, it doesn't have to be your starting point. While there are different resources which over various timelines on when to introduce various foods, new research shows that you have many options in first foods, and you may not need to limit your baby to traditional first food choices.
Stage One Baby Food
As you wander down through the baby food aisle at your local grocery store, you'll note that the foods noted with "Stage One" are intended for babies just starting out on solids, (recommended at about 4 to 6 months of age by the American Academy of Pediatrics). Stage One foods are very thin with little texture. However, your options are still limited to what the manufacturer's market. If you want an even more diverse list of first food choices, you can opt to make your own baby food.
First Fruits for Baby
The selection of first fruits is pretty diverse and include the following yummy foods:
First Vegetables for Baby
Likewise, you've got several options for first veggies. Consider some of these choices:
- Green beans
- Sweet Potato
First Grains for Baby
Finally, if you prefer to keep to the standard, you can choose from one of these three grain cereals as a first food.
First Meats for Baby
You might be surprised to know that some groups also advocate some meats as a great starting point. La Leche League International suggests that iron-rich chicken is especially appropriate for breastfed babies, who need an increase of iron. Meats can be puréed to the needed consistency.