There are so many websites, books and articles dedicated to this very topic. Once moving on from cereals, introducing solids to baby is a huge step and there are only a few do’s and don’ts involved. With so many options, what foods should you feed baby first? Here are some pretty basic foods to try, with a few added notes as to why some foods did or didn’t make the cut. Keep in mind, it is always good to try introducing only one, single food per 4-7 days in these beginning stages in case of any allergic reaction.
FRUITS: This category has the most options for this stage. And being that they are mostly sweet, baby will likely love them. Plus, there are typically less allergies associated with these foods.
- Apples – unsweetened applesauce is an excellent choice. Plus, you can buy the non-baby food version and keep handy for others in the household as well as a healthy baking substitute!.
- Pears – Low in acidity, high in vitamins. One of the easiest fruits to mix with other purees as well. Helps relieve or prevent constipation.
- Peaches – High in fiber which helps relieve or prevent constipation.
- Bananas – Loaded with calcium, magnesium, potassium and more. You may want to limit the amount as bananas tend to cause constipation.
- Prunes – Good source of vitamin K and beta carotene. Helps relieve or prevent constipation.
- Mangoes – Nutritionally rich and flavorful and easy to mix with other purees.
- Blueberries – Packed with antioxidants. The only berry recommended in the beginning stages.
- Papaya – Nutrient packed and great for digestion.
- Avocado – Excellent source of healthy fats, vitamins, and enzymes! A highly recommended first food.
- Squash – Loaded with carbohydrates and vitamins with a subtle flavor.
- Peas – Rich in nutrients, fiber and antioxidants. Helps relieve or prevent constipation.
- Carrots – A great first food as it’s high in vitamins and sweeter than other veggies.
- Sweet Potatoes – A favorite among most babies, plus rich in potassium, fiber and much more. You may want to limit the amount as bananas tend to cause constipation.
- Green Beans – Packed with vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium.
- Pumpkin – High in antioxidants and minerals. Also thick and filling.
- Zucchini – Good source of potassium and vitamin A among others.
Again, there are tons of guides and resources out there to help you with first food choices. It is always best to talk to your pediatrician first and find the foods that you think are best. Below is a handy image from wholesomebabyfood.com as well. Soon, you’ll be mixing up all sorts of combos to find the best ones for baby. Have fun with it!