What Foods Do I Feed Baby First?
Phase 1 of feeding schedule
Here are some ideas and suggestions to help you feed your baby that will supplement your own intuition. There are foods recommended at certain times because of the texture, taste and ease of digestion. Consult with your health care provider about your baby’s nutrition and never leave baby alone while eating. Cooked vegetables, fruits and pastas can be made ahead of time by cooking in large batches and freezing in ice cube trays and then transferring to freezer bags.
When your baby is between four and six months, and beginning to eat solids, you need to mix the pureed baby food with enough liquid until it pours off the spoon into baby’s mouth. Food should be only slightly thicker than breast milk/formula. Baby food for the first six months should start with:
- ripe avocados, ripe bananas
- iron-fortified infant rice cereal
- cooked, pureed sweet potatoes
- single grain iron-fortified commercial infant cereals (barley, millet, oatmeal)
- cooked strained fruits (apricots, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, prunes)
When your baby is six to seven months, food should still be pureed or mashed until it is a smooth and lump less consistency. Food can be slightly thicker than for beginners – the thickness of thick cream. Continue with the above foods and add:
- whole-milk yogurt
- homemade whole grain cereals (brown rice, millet, oat)
- papaya, pears, mango
- winter squash
When baby is 7 months or older add these foods:
- homemade mixed cereals
- cottage cheese
- Hard-cooked egg yolk (not egg white)
- Cooked pureed vegetables (asparagus, carrots, green beans, peas, summer squash, white potatoes)
- Diluted, strained, mild fruit juices (apple, apricot, grape, papaya, pear, peach, prune and maybe orange juice)
This information was obtained from the book, Super Baby Food, by the author Ruth Yaron. Other good resources are: Whole Foods for Babies & Toddlers by Margeret Kenda, www.weelicious.com and www.wholesomebabyfood.com.
Also check out My Baby Compass, Birth to Two for a suggested feeding and quality time schedule. A speech pathologist also evaluates a child that is not properly sucking, chewing or swallowing his food. This can be the result of muscle weakness, coordination difficulties or the timing of the swallow reflex.
– Kathy Gruhn, MA CCC-SLP, author of My Baby Compass series