Now that you’ve made the decision to start your little one on solids, the next dilemma you face is exactly what first foods for baby to choose.
It’s important to remember that when you are first starting solids with your child, you are simply giving them the opportunity to try new textures and tastes and it’s best to start with just a teaspoon or two of food once a day. Solids shouldn’t be considered ‘meals’ or be replacing their breast milk and/or formula feeds at this stage. For many of us, Rice Cereal was the first food we ever tried when we were a baby (and it’s still a very common first food today) however there is a huge range of fruit and vegetables options you can try with your child as well.
It’s a good idea to cook vegetables before mashing or pureeing them for your child. Some vegetables that a good to try with your baby in the early days include:
Why not try these vegetable puree/mash combinations:
Pumpkin, Spinach and Corn
Sweet Potato and Broccoli
Pumpkin and Broccoli
Carrot, Spinach and Corn
Parsnip and Carrots
Sweet Potato, Spinach and Beans
Pumpkin, Cauliflower and Beans
Carrot and Cauliflower
Fruit options include:
Some yummy fruit puree/mash combinations include:
Apple and Pear
Apple and Cinnamon
Pear and Cinnamon
Banana and Mango
Peach and Apple
Avacado and Banana
Apple and Mixed Berries
Pear and Strawberries
After you have introduced your baby to fruits and vegetables, you can also include other foods such as bread, rice, pasta, meat, eggs, fish, legumes and dairy products.
Here are some puree/mash combinations to help get you started:
Chicken, Sweet Potato and Broccoli
Chicken, Pumpkin and Beans
Pasta, Beef Mince, Carrot and Zucchini
Chickpeas, Pumpkin, Cauliflower and Spinach
Chicken, Chickpeas, Spinach and Sweet Potato
Beef Mince, Pumpkin and Beans
If you have any questions or concerns about starting your baby on solids, please speak to your Doctor or Health Professional.
What was your child’s first food?