Weaning from Breast Feeding? These Are Great First Food for Your Baby!

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Now that baby is ready for solid foods (foods other than breast milk or formula) you may be asking yourself what the safest, healthiest, yummiest food for the little one could be. Make sure your baby is at least 4 months old, and if breastfed, no need to hurry with the solids as munchkin is getting everything he needs for the first 6 months at least, just make sure he’s getting his Vitamin D by getting him outside for a few minutes every day. If the baby is formula fed it would greatly benefit him to start with solids as he will get live enzymes and phytonutrients which he is not getting from formula.

5 Avocado

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Avocado is ubiquitous when it comes to baby food. It is high in healthy fat, filling, and blends well with bananas, lemon, or even carrot juice for a tasty meal for baby. Blend half of an avocado with one of the above items and feed baby the puree immediately – blended avocado does not keep very well as the fats will oxidize.

4 Sweet Potatoes

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Sweet potatoes are excellent for babies who need more substance – who seem hungry even after eating banana-based purees. Sweet potatoes move through the digestive tract beautifully, are high in nutrients and babies simply love them. Simply boil or steam sweet potatoes for about 15 minutes, then puree them with a dash of breastmilk or formula if needed to lighten the consistency.

3 Banana

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Bananas provide substance for baby when she’s ready for something a little thicker. It’s rich in potassium and extremely appealing to most babies. Blending a banana with some berries and breastmilk is a very phytonutrient-dense food that most babies will be lunging forward for.

2 Soft Fruit

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Soft fruit like plums and nectarines are excellent first foods for baby. Be sure to get organic so that there are no harmful pesticides making their way into baby’s body. Make sure to monitor baby’s reaction, especially with peaches as some babies do not process peaches well. Blend them with a little breastmilk, formula or rice milk if you want to make it drinkable.

1 Melon

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Melon is the most hydrating food on the planet. By incorporating blended melon (which turns into a very light smoothie) into baby’s diet you are arming her with deep-cell hydration, antioxidants and other phytonutrients, and if your baby is constipated, you will most definitely notice a difference upon giving her melon. Simply blend a few chunks of melon in a blender and then pour the mixture into a bottle. You may need to cut the opening a little larger if the melon is of a thicker consistency. Allow baby to try multiple times, as on the first go she is expecting milk and it may surprise her. Always make sure melon is given alone, as it travels through the digestive tract quicker this way. When mixed with other things it may give babies and adults for that matter, indigestion.

Feeding baby well is important. These are the foundational years of his health for the rest of his life, so be sure to use your intuition as well as research. If baby doesn’t like avocado, no problem, his body doesn’t need it. If he goes crazy for plums, feed him more – there is no need to fight him to try to feed him what you think he needs – work with his tastes and gradually add in more variety as he gets older, and remember – be patient! This is the first time that he will be trying new things, so of course there will be things that may be too strong, too sour, too pungent, too creamy, or too grainy. As long as you understand what his tastes are, you can work with those (i.e. loves creamy – feed bananas/avocadoes, hates cooked vegetable, try adding carrot juice to banana purees etc.)

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