Which food to offer when baby start to eat for real
But doesn’t breastmilk provide everything baby needs?
- Babies need iron-rich food, as their iron stores are running out.
- Babies become physiologically ready for food. They can safely start managing, “chewing”, and swallowing appropriate food items.
Milk + iron-rich solid foods is what baby needs around 6 months of age
So back to it, what is iron?
Iron is essential for oxygen supply. Babies grow fast, and need more iron at 6 months of age.
Why iron-rich foods first?
Growing babies need more nutrients, specifically iron.
Examples of iron rich foods
- meat: beef, veal, pork, liver
- poultry: chicken, turkey
- whole eggs
- nut and seed butters
- legumes and beans
- infant cereals which are enriched in iron
- whole grains products
Lots of sources of iron to choose from. Variety is always a good idea!
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Vitamin C is iron’s BFF
- Fruits: citrus fruits, berries, kiwis, watermelons …
- Veggies: peppers, broccoli, cabbage, sweet potatoes …
No need to start worrying about food combinations! The best strategy and the most natural one is to adopt a baby version of the healthy plate. Having a source of protein that is rich in iron, a side veggie and a side of whole grains, as well as a fruit for dessert (+ milk on demand: breastmilk or formula) will ensure baby gets iron, vitamin C and all the other nutrients needed without you having to count, measure, or focus on too many things.
Around 1 year of age, baby should eat like the family – another good reason to adopt the healthy plate for everyone at the table.
Offering a healthy plate to baby ensure exposition to new flavours + all the nutrients needed.
Top 4 concerns parents have
Vegetarian and vegan babies can thrive when parents are well informed by a registered dietitian.
Yes veggies are good for babies, but make sure to offer iron-rich and energy-dense foods first!
Healthy babies don’t need a supplement of iron if they eat well and have no specific conditions. Ask your health care practitioner if you have doubts.
Expect changes in stool when introducing solid foods, but seek medical advice if you feel your baby is constipated.
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