Many parents want to make sure their babies are getting the most vitamins and nutrients possible during their first years. To ensure their children are getting the most nutrition from their diet, parents usually tend to find 5 to 10 super foods and end up only feeding their baby these foods. While this desire is completely understandable, all parents should make sure that they are always introducing their baby to new flavors and textures because the first year is when the palate is trained. Below is a list of the top 5 foods for your baby. To avoid having a picky eater later, I recommend making sure that you are mixing these top foods in with a variety of other foods as well. When selecting foods for your child, consider these three things to ensure a wide variety of foods: Color, freshness, and texture.
Most of us have heard the saying “Breast is Best.” It is true—breast milk is the best source of vitamins and nutrients for your baby. Along with the nutritional benefits, breast milk also contains disease-fighting substances that can help protect your infant from sickness. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast feeding for at least six months and maybe even as long as one year.
Sweet Potatoes are one of the best foods you can feed your baby. They are full of beta-carotene, which is converted into Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps support good eyesight, skin, and protection against infections. Because sweet potatoes are sweet in nature and when pureed become a pudding-like texture, your baby is bound to love this nutritious food.
Most parents are hesitant to give their babies yogurt because they know that cow milk is difficult for babies to digest. While this seems to logically make sense, yogurt is actually good for your baby and is easy for him/her to digest. This is because the lactose is already broken down and the milk proteins are very limited, so babies can digest yogurt easily. Plain yogurt made of whole milk is full of nutrition; it is protein rich and has calcium and live cultures.
The old-fashioned cheerios are great for your baby that is at least nine months old. They are so popular because they are full of fiber, which can do wonders for your baby’s digestive health.
Iron Fortified Cereal
Baby cereal is one of the first foods fed to babies. It is full of carbohydrates and essential vitamins and nutrients, like iron. While your baby is born with a full supply of iron, it is usually depleted by the time your baby reaches six months old. I recommend any single grain iron-fortified cereal, like rice cereal, oatmeal, or barley.