Best Baby Foods
A baby goes by a number of growth stages during his early age. In these stages, he needs different amounts of nutrition to grow healthy, strong, and intelligent. When a baby stands at his seventh month, he starts to take solid foods along with breast milk or baby formula. For this, parents need to be more careful about their baby. They have to arrange healthy, nutritious foods for their baby and avoid harmful food ingredients.
Avocados, mostly grown in Mexico, are a kinda large berry containing a single seed. They supply monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, and folate to the body. Besides, they contain more fiber than other fruits removing the chance of constipation. Moreover, they supply necessary minerals including iron, copper, potassium that helps to maintain the natural growth and development of the body and stay healthy all time.
This is why most pediatricians love avocados as the first fruit for babies. You can freely add them to your baby's diet chart to fulfill his vitamin and mineral needs. Before serving, mash or slice the ripe avocados and add some breast milk or baby formula to this. By doing this, your child will be able to chew easily and the puree will be more delicious. However, you can apply the same recipe for many other fruits like bananas, pears, apples, apricots, prunes, etc., and feed your little one.
4 Mashed Peas
Peas are another nutritious food for a 6-12 month-old baby. They are a storehouse of vitamins (vitamin- A, B6, C, E, K), minerals (iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium, calcium), protein, folate, and fiber. They also contain alpha-linolenic acid and phytonutrients that provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Their regular consumption ensures the well-being of the eyes, brain, and bones of the baby. That's why pediatricians emphasize peas as the first food for babies.
There are a lot of recipes that you can try with these peas. But for a 6-12-year-old baby, smashed or fattened peas with other foods like frittatas, grains dishes, or casseroles will be the best option. If you don't have peas, you can take other vegetables like carrots, potatoes, and squash.
Apart from grains, vegetables, and fruits, a baby needs sufficient animal protein regularly. Eggs, meats, and fishes are large sources of animal protein that helps to build bones and muscles of the body. As your baby is at his growth stage where he needs protein to maintain normal physical growth, provide him with sufficient protein and other ingredients regularly.
Among all the protein-rich foods, eggs are the most inexpensive ones that you can easily arrange for your baby's regular meal. Besides protein, they also provide Omega fatty- 3 acids to make the baby heart-healthy, strong, and active. Your baby also gets micronutrients and choline from eggs that will keep up his brain and liver functioning. So, put at least half to an entire egg in your baby's food list.
Avoidable Foods for Babies
Although there are plenty of foods available for babies, some foods can be very harmful to their health. So, whenever you feed something to your baby, make sure it doesn't contain any unwholesome ingredients. Here are some of the foods to avoid for babies:
Honey can be harmful to babies under one year since it contains botulism spores. These botulism spores can't be prevented by the babys' little tummies. Consequently, they get infected by infant botulism which sometimes takes a serious form. So, it would be a great decision not to feed honey until your baby gets one year old.
Although cow's milk is a wonderful milk source, you should keep this away from your baby's diet until the first year of birth.
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