Just because babies are small does not mean they require fewer nutrients. In fact, they need a variety of vitamins and minerals to support the development of their body and brains. Health food should be introduced to complement with milk since it does not have everything babies need to grow fit and strong. However, you have to carefully choose the type of food to give your baby not just for health reasons, but also for prevention of stomach irritation.
Natural is always the Best
Natural foods make a better option than those contained in jars and cartons. Although processed baby foods may be fortified with essential nutrients, they may contain chemicals that can harm the baby over time. Cooking for your baby as opposed to relying on what the grocery has to offer sounds like a good idea. This way, you get to choose the ingredients, while your baby gets to try a different taste each meal. Processed baby foods all taste the same. They also have similar texture which can lessen your baby’s appetite for food.
Health Food for Your Baby
There can be a lot of choices when it comes to health food for your baby. Getting as much information as you can about foods can help determine the most suitable for your baby. Health foods are generally easy to prepare so there is no need to worry if you are not a cooking pro. It should be noted however, that babies 4 months or younger should not be given solid foods. Below are a few examples of health food for your baby.
- Avocados. Not only are they easy to digest, but also are good sources of unsaturated fat. Avocados are also rich in nutrients such as Vitamins E and A, folate, potassium, iron, beta carotene, and fibre. Avocados are easy to prepare, and can be mixed with your baby’s milk. They can also be served fresh from their peels.
- Meat Soup: Because babies don’t have strong teeth yet for grinding meat, feeding them with soup enables them to take a part of its goodness. Meats are good sources of iron and protein, which helps in muscle development.
- Fruit and vegetable juices. Fruits and vegetables are known for their fibre content. Fibre helps promote good digestion. Fruits and vegetables juices are rich in vitamins and minerals, and usually have a sweet taste that babies will like.
About The Author
This guest post was brought to you by Grace. Grace is a mother of three and has written a number of articles with tips for raising children. She is also a content writer for babyprams.com.au.
Originally posted on August 27, 2012 @ 1:43 am