When your baby is ready to stop solely being fed on milk and needs some solid foods to thrive, it is an exciting yet confusing time. Milk, whether it was breast milk or formula, was relatively simple – you knew what to do. Solid food, however, has so many different variations, not all of them good for your baby, and it can be difficult to work out what to feed them on. Here are some great ways to get started that will make weening a little easier.
If you have been feeding your baby on breast milk or a great formula such as Hipp Organic formula, they will have had all the nutrients and vitamins they need to stay healthy and to grow as they should. When you start to reduce that milk, it is important to keep those nutrients topped up through their food so that their immune systems can continue to keep them well. This is where beef comes in. Although it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are working out what to feed your little one, it is so packed full of vitamins and iron in particular that it can really help out. Don’t use too much, though; just a tiny amount is enough, and it can be mixed in with vegetables or water to make a puree.
Avocado has gained a popularity status in recent years with adults, but there is no reason why your baby shouldn’t enjoy it too. Avocado is a very healthy thing to give to a growing child as it is full of healthy fats and magnesium, as well as vitamins E and K, potassium, niacin, and fiber. The other great thing about avocados is that they are so easy to prepare. All you need to do is cut it in half and scoop out the insides. This flesh can then be mashed or pureed, depending on the age of your child.
Egg yolks are good for your baby because they contain choline which is responsible for keeping brains healthy and improving eyesight. Eggs are extremely versatile too, so you can start with a smooth scrambled eggs dish and then, as your child grows and is keen to try different flavors, you can add more to it, and make it more textured. A soft-boiled egg with dipping ‘soldiers’ of bread is something that we can all look back fondly on as a dish from our childhoods.
Babies all have a naturally sweet tooth, and this comes from the milk they have been enjoying up until now. Therefore, giving them something naturally sweet in their food with no added sugar which is a bad idea for everyone, let alone a small child, will encourage them to try more, which they might be reluctant to do at first due to strange textures and flavors. Bananas are a good choice because they are indeed sweet, but they also contain plenty of good nutrients such as potassium and vitamins B6 and C.