When starting solids, please always start one at a time. Wait at least four days and search for rashes and watch for upset tummies. Safety first when it comes to the little ones.
Alrighty my solid starters. Here are four super baby foods that are great to start with and easy to make for them. Carrots are full of Vitamin A, are a great source of fiber, are sweet and desirable, and are a full serving of vegetables by themselves. Avocados are full of calcium, potassium (more than a banana), and protein and they are also very easy to digest for babies. Blueberries help keep your urinary tract clean and are packed full of healthy brain and heart helping antioxidants. Spinach is also full of antioxidants and other vitamins, helps with digestion, and is a great fiber.
When we started we went right with carrots because they were a favorable taste and color that I thought, and was right, would keep my little man entertained. I cut the carrots into about one inch pieces, put them in a bowl with enough water to cover them, and I put it in the microwave for two minutes. Then I dumped half the water out. Next I put the remaining water and carrots into our ninja blender, which my wonderful fiance got me for Christmas, and let it turn into a consistent puree. After letting it cool for a while, we tried it on our son and he loved it. Not as much as he loves sweet potatoes now but…
Then we worked with avocados. This is one food that is crazy easy because if you are out and about and don’t have the time to really prepare a food, then this is the food for you. Just slice it open and you can scoop the fruit right out and feed it just like that. If you have more time though, this is a great food to introduce different spices into. I like to mix in things like lemon zest, vanilla, or even more savory spices like rosemary. I originally used garlic but my son absolutely hated that. They recommend starting seasonings at eight months but as long as you use the four day rule, go for it.
Blueberries is something you really do need to watch for allergic reactions. They are rare but serious. Blueberries though are an absolute super food and a great first for babies. They taste delicious and have all the nutrients any parent would wish for their child. Due to the juicy aspect some parents use baby rice cereal in it as well but I have a strong distaste and trust to the cereal so I didn’t. These you do NOT want to cook. Just much them up really well, making sure the skin is nearly invisible, and you can serve it just like that.
Spinach is another thing that you don’t need to cook but you can if that makes it easier for you. One thing is to always look for the smaller leaves as they have more nutrients and are less stringy and tough. With spinach once you test it for the four day allergy test, this is a great ingredient to mix with other foods to help with digestion.
Once each of these foods are tried on their own, you can mix them! Carrots and Avocado are a beautiful combination, with a great consistency, and full of nutrients. Then blueberries and spinach are a great mix because they make it a little more solid and full of antioxidants and fiber. These are just the combinations we have done. There are so many foods out there. Play around and find what your little one is going to like.
If you have a recipe, please share it below. I’d love to try something new for my little man too. Thanks for reading!