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10 Best First Foods Your Baby Should be Eating

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7. Squash

squash for babies

Another vegetable that is great for babies is squash, especially butternut and acorn squash. In fact, the bland or savory flavor of squash makes a healthy alternative to sweet fruits. It can be introduced to babies between 6 and 8 months old.

Squash is an excellent source of vitamins A and C. While vitamin A is needed for good vision and healthy skin, vitamin C is needed for good immunity so that your baby can fight off infections easily.

Other nutrients in squash are potassium, calcium, folate, protein, carbohydrates, and dietary fiber.

  1. Bake or roast some squash (without the seeds).
  2. Put the pulp of the baked squash and a little formula milk in the blender.
  3. Blend it into a smooth consistency. As your baby gets used to eating pureed food, increase the thickness.

Note: According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), it is important to wait until your baby is at least 3 months old before offering foods with naturally occurring nitrates, such as carrots, spinach, beets, squash, broccoli, and green beans as it may cause a type of anemia called methemoglobinemia in young infants. Root vegetables like sweet potatoes and parsnips also contain nitrate

8. Greek Yogurt

greek yogurt for babies

Greek yogurt is a yummy food that is considered a healthy first food for babies. Most pediatricians recommend giving Greek yogurt to babies around 7 to 8 months of age.

It is a great source of protein, which supports the health of the body’s cells, tissues and organs as a baby grows. Plus, the fat in Greek yogurt supports proper growth.

Other nutrients in Greek yogurt are vitamins A and D, calcium and phosphorous.

Being a fermented food that has a good amount of gut-friendly bacteria, yogurt is easily digested by little tummies.

In addition, along with the super creamy texture, Greek yogurt has a nice tangy flavor that most babies enjoy.

  • Serve plain Greek yogurt to younger babies and do not add any sugar to it.
  • For older babies, try mixing blueberry, banana, apple or pear puree into the yogurt.

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