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.
- Bake or roast some squash (without the seeds).
- Put the pulp of the baked squash and a little formula milk in the blender.
- 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 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.