If you feel that your baby is ready to start eating solids, it is helpful to ease the transition for them by giving them soft, chewable foods that are super high in nutrients. Here are the 10 best foods to feed your baby when they are beginning to eat solids.
The blue in blueberries come from flavonoids called anthocyanins, which are good for your baby’s eyes, brain, and urinary tract. Plus, they are portable, soft, and yummy. If they are too difficult to chew, try mashing them up or blending them before serving.
Yogurt is a great food to introduce when your baby is about 6 months old. Yogurt boosts the immune system and supports brain and heart health, and is a good source of calcium and vitamin D, and it also contributes to the development of healthy bones and teeth.
Squash is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, is sweet, so you baby will enjoy it, and is naturally soft and creamy in texture.
Lentils are amazing for babies because they are loaded with protein and fiber. They’re also soft and easy to chew, can be blended or cooked into anything, and are one of the cheapest healthy foods you can buy.
Leafy greens are great for their high amounts of iron and folate. Spinach, kale, chard, and collared greens can be steamed, creamed, or made into smoothies, juices, or soups.
Broccoli contains tons of folate, fiber, and calcium. It is also known for its cancer-fighting properties. Steamed broccoli is also a great way to introduce new flavors to your baby- if you can get a child to eat broccoli, they’ll be easy eaters!
Avocados are a great source of unsaturated fat. Their fat composition is even pretty similar to that of breast milk. Don’t let the word “fat” scare you- unsaturated fat is the good kind of fat, it is essential for your baby’s brain development.
Bananas are nature’s pre-packaged food. They are so easy to take on the go, and mushy and easy to chew. With their high amounts of potassium and vitamin B6 and sweet taste, they are a perfect food for babies.
Prunes have lots of fiber and can help relieve constipation, which is common for babies to experience when they are first being introduced to solid foods. If your baby has a hard time chewing them, you can steam them or blend them.