So your baby’s pediatrician just gave you the green light to start solids with your baby. Congrats! That’s exciting that you have now reached this major milestone. But what are the best first foods to introduce to your little one? We don’t want you to feel stressed when choosing baby’s first foods, so this information should help you ease into this new transition. 🙂
Note: If you are curious about when you should be starting solids with your baby, the World Health Organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the CDC all recommend that babies not start solids until 6 months of age. According to them, babies should only receive breastmilk and/or formula before 6 months old.
Each pediatrician’s recommendations will differ, so we recommend consulting with your doctor first before you begin. Our suggestion is to skip the rice cereal altogether and go straight to fruits, vegetables, meats, and yogurt. This will give your baby the vitamins and nutrients that she needs.
A common concern many parents have when first starting solids is their baby choking. Obviously, you can purée everything for your child, but if you want to do something a little different, another great option is mixing yogurt with fruits and vegetables. Babies love it and it’s good for them too! Whole milk yogurt is a great healthy first food for baby because it’s full of calcium and protein. Stonyfield has some great options already made and available for your little one, like their YoBaby Banana & Mango, Blueberry & Apple, and Peach & Pear. This makes it super easy for parents. And they are super delicious too! (I’ve tried them.) They also have plain yogurt that you can use on its own or mix with other food options! There are tons of recipes that you can do to create a delicious first food experience for your baby.
When I learned about Stonyfield and how their YoBaby yogurt is made with organic whole milk, has probiotics, and is #1 pediatrician recommended*, I loved the idea of making my own delicious recipes for my son using their yogurt. By mixing it with other pediatrician-recommended first foods, your baby will love their first food experience and receive all the vitamins and minerals needed by his body.
Plus, all Stonyfield yogurts are organic, so you can feel good knowing they’re made without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, artiﬁcial hormones, or GMOs. This is why we have chosen to partner with Stonyfield! Here are some ideas of what you can make for your baby’s first food:
Avocados are a great first food for babies since they are smooth and creamy when mashed up. It provides healthy fats that every baby needs. Some babies aren’t a fan of the flavor so mixing it with some plain yogurt helps.
2. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are wonderful since they are high in Vitamin A, beta carotene, and potassium. They also have Vitamin E, calcium, and folate. You can do sweet potatoes puréed by themselves with yogurt or sweet potatoes and apple or sweet potatoes with some cinnamon and yogurt. These are big hits. I think this is perfect for the holidays too! 🙂
Bananas, just like avocados, also are smooth when mashed up. The texture is perfect for babies and easy to prepare. You can serve it plain, mix it with yogurt, or you can do bananas and blueberries or peaches and bananas with yogurt. These make great combinations.
Buy some ripe pears, peel off the skin and mash them into a purée. To add some veggies to the mix, green beans, pears, and yogurt make a yummy meal for baby.
I love peaches. They are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and they contain a great amount of fiber. If your little one is experiencing some constipation, peaches can help since they have a diuretic effect. Some great combinations to give your baby are apples and peaches with yogurt, and applesauce and cinnamon with yogurt. So yummy!
As a warning, you should give your baby only one new food at a time in the beginning. Then you can add the other combinations later, as I’ve suggested with yogurt. It’s best to wait at least 2 to 3 days before introducing another food. Also, after your baby tries a new food, be sure to watch out for any allergic reactions such as a rash, diarrhea, or vomiting. If your baby experiences any of these, stop giving that new food and call your child’s pediatrician.
There you have it! Some easy first foods for baby that we feel confident they will love! Bon appétit!
For babies 6 months – 2 years refrigerated yogurts (IMS Health ProVoice Survey, 12/01/15-08/31/17)