Early Nutrition: Is Your Baby Getting the Right Nutrients?
- Mashed rice: this is a common first food that most moms prefer. It's easy to digest and is a rich source of protein, calcium, iron and vitamins B and E.
- Apple puree: apples are a good source of fiber and contain vitamin C. Instead of boiling the apples, I preferred to steam and then puree them as I read somewhere that steaming tends to preserve the nutrients.
- Avocado and pear puree: avocado is a great first food for babies and is packed with vitamin E, B and folic acid. It is rich in omega-3, essential for brain development. Pears contain fiber and prevent constipation. I introduced the pear puree first and when I was sure that he did not have any allergic reaction, I added a spoonful of mashed avocado.
- Sweet potato and carrot puree: served separately and also combined in the right proportions, these vegetables are an excellent source of vitamins K and C, potassium, folate and fiber.
- Mashed banana: rich in vitamins C and B-6, it's a good source of fibre, iron and potassium. The fiber prevents digestive problems like constipation and is an ideal first food because of it softness and sweetness.
- Dal khichdi: dal is a good source of protein. It contains minerals like magnesium, that keep the bones strong and potassium which helps control the body's water content. Once your baby develops a taste for dal you can add mashed rice, tomatoes and several vegetables to make it tastier. A dash of ghee can make a difference not only in taste but also because it contains several valuable nutrients that help in brain development.
- Yogurt and cheese: these dairy products contain calcium, vitamin A and B12 vital for your baby's cognitive development. I often served these two as a snack and also added pureed mango to enhance the flavor of the yogurt.