A Parent’s Guide To Your Newborn’s First Year Of Food
If you’re reading this as a new Mum or Dad, we congratulate and welcome you to the extremely hectic yet rewarding world of raising kids! We hope you’re taking full advantage of the wealth of information available online and utilize social media to share your experiences, pass on knowledge, and support fellow parents from all over the world! At B.I.G., we’d like to help as well – one of the most important aspects of being a new parent is understanding your baby’s diet progression from liquid to solid foods, and how to ease them into it. Here’s a handy guide that you can refer to for your baby’s first year.
*Note: When introducing new food, implement one type of food at a time with a 3 – 5 day buffer in order to monitor any allergic reactions that may arise. Always seek advice and validation from a medical health professional before incorporating new health practices for your baby.
Moving into relatively solid foods, it is best to start with mild tasting foods such as apples, peaches, avocado, peas etc. It is best to puree these fruits and veggies using a blender or food processor to facilitate smooth consumption.
Your baby can start to enjoy the delightful flavours of bananas, pears, apples, prunes, and peaches (all mashed and pureed). You could try complementing their meal with yogurt (dairy or non-dairy) as well. As for vegetables, prepare purees of avocados, carrots, peas, and sweet potatoes, and utilize breast milk or liquid formula to dilute if needed.
The little one is growing up fast! By this time, your baby can try munching on combinations of foods mentioned above, and any new diet additions can be implemented albeit with all the necessary precautions. Firmer foods are best cooked and mashed to make them more chewable., eg. pumpkin or butternut squash.
Continue to keep a close eye on any allergic reactions that may manifest, particularly when feeding peanuts and shellfish (maybe avoid these all together?). Apart from that, precaution is also advised with citrus foods such as oranges, lemons, or tomatoes – they may be a tad bit tough on your baby’s digestive system, so venture forward with care and take immediate action if you suspect anything has gone awry.