what are the kinds of food to introduce to my 5 months old baby?
Krista - posted on 04/20/2012
If your baby is showing signs of actually being ready for solids (some aren't ready until they're 6 months or so), you can start with easily digested vegetables. Squash, sweet potato, or avocado all make lovely first foods. Some people start with rice cereal, but it really doesn't have much in the way of nutritional value. Make sure you give him a week to get used to a new food before starting another, to make sure that he doesn't have any reactions or allergies.
If you want to make your own baby food, it's very easy. You can just roast or steam your veggies (or, in the case of avocado, leave it raw), and then mash it up really fine. Scoop it into ice cube trays and freeze it. Then, pop out the cubes and put them into a freezer bag. Each cube is 2oz, which is a good serving for a baby. When it's time to eat, you just grab a cube, put it in a bowl, microwave it for about 35 seconds, stir it well to make sure there are no hot spots, test it on your lip for temperature, and feed your baby. I used to make big batches of food on a Sunday night, and it would do me for about a month, with freezer bags full of squash, sweet potatoes, peas, carrots, parsnip, turkey, beef and asparagus.
A really great resource for solids is www.wholesomebabyfood.com.
Michelle - posted on 04/20/2012
It's best to start with pureed vegetables like potato, cauliflower, broccoli and carrots. At this age it's mainly to get them used to the texture and not for the nutritional aspect yet. Just a couple of teaspoons is enough for them to get the taste of it.
Try to stay away from fruit because sometimes once they get the taste for sweet things they don't want the savoury things.
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