baby

After 6 months the first solid foods can be introduced to a baby. This is a great opportunity to improve on what your parents did, who probably started you off with mashed bananas or pears. You can do better.

START WITH VEGGIES

Most western babies begin with fruit, which is sweet, like their mom’s milk. Unfortunately this gives babies a sugar preference and that brings lots of trouble later on in life. So let’s all start to impress our newborns with the nice taste of veggies. Getting babies used to vegetables is relatively easy as most little ones are curious enough to try new stuff. Try serving a wide variety of vegetables before the big ‘NO-phase’ kicks in, around the age of two.

UNDER 6 MONTHS

Please note: According to the World Health Organization, babies under 6 months should be breastfed only. When breast milk is not an option, formula is an acceptable alternative. Always consult a pediatrician before your infant starts receiving solid foods.

FROM 6 MONTHS UP SERVE:

  • broccoli
  • peas
  • avocado
  • sweet potato
  • carrot
  • parsnip
  • cauliflower
  • pumpkin
  • winter squash (like butternut and acorn)

Just cook and puree. You may add a bit of olive oil or even mother’s milk. Salt is a big no-no. See why in the Topics section under: Salt.

ORGANIC

Choose organic vegetables to avoid residues of pesticides – common on conventional produce. Baby organs are only starting-up so their immune system is vulnerable. Give them the cleanest food possible.

ONE VEGGIE AT A TIME

Serve the same veggie for 4 consecutive days before introducing a new one. This way babies have time to learn to appreciate each veggie and it helps develop their taste.

VEGGI RIDER says: life starts with veggies