This post gives you an idea about the 15 first foods for your baby that you can introduce to when you start solids in addition to breast milk or formula.
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15 First Foods for Your Baby:
You can start giving foods apart from breast milk once your baby turns 6 months. You can take a look at our food chart for 6 month old baby.
However some pediatricians recommend starting external food from 5th month on wards. Read the seven-day rule before introducing any external food for your baby. Presenting to you top 15 first foods for your baby.
#1. Skewed Apple Juice:
An ideal first food for your baby, apples are rich in antioxidants and other nutrients. Make sure the apples are steamed with skin ON, then deseeded and pureed .
#2. Lentil Soup:
An excellent first food for your baby . This soup is rich in proteins and good carbs. You can also read the lentil soup recipe.
#3. Avocado Puree:
Avocados or butter fruits are high in water content, proteins, minerals and phyto-nutrients. Just scoop out the avocado flesh and blend it to a puree consistency.
#4. Banana Puree:
Golden bananas or elaichi banana can be used. Just mash with a fork or blend to a puree. Bananas are rich in fiber, potassium ,manganese and other nutrients. You can read the kerala banana mash recipe.
#5. Rice Water or Watery Gruel:
Rich in protein, starch and calcium, this makes an excellent first food.
Cook 2 tablespoons of rice with water in a pressure cooker till mushy. Strain the mash to get the clear rice water.
#6. Carrot Puree:
Carrots are rich in beta carotene, vitamin A and other nutrients. Steam carrots and blend it to a puree consistency.
#7. Sweet Potato Puree:
Pressure cook sweet potato till its cooked. Blend it to a puree consistency.
- Chicken, apple and sweet potato mash for babies
- Sweet potato lentil mash
- Sweet potato tikkis or sweet potato patties with water chestnut flour
#8. Mixed Vegetable Clear Soup:
Wholesome package of vitamins,minerals and other nutrients. You can start giving the clear soup till your baby is old enough to gulp down mashed / pureed veggies. Read the mixed vegetable soup recipe.
#9. Beetroot Puree:
Beetroot is rich in magnesium, iron, potassium and many other nutrients.
Cook beetroot until cooked and blend it to a puree.
#10. Barley Water:
Pressure cook 2 tbsp barley and jaggery until its cooked . Mash, strain and provide the water.
Barley water is rich in iron, calcium and Vitamin C.
#11. Chikoo Puree:
Scoop the flesh out and blend it to a puree. Chikoo is rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
#12. Pear Puree:
Steam pear and puree it to a consistency required.
#13. Sweet Pumpkin Puree:
Pressure cook pumpkin until cooked. Puree it once it is cooled.
#14. Apple and Carrot Soup:
Pressure cook apple and carrot. Blend to a puree consistency.
#15. Carrot and Beetroot Soup:
Pressure cook carrot and beetroot. Blend to a puree consistency.
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