There are two things a baby needs that has to be deliberately supplied. They are food and love. You really can’t say one is more important than the other. They’re both equally important and what’s super? They’re mutually connected, the perfect tag-team that fuels a baby’s growth and development.
Well, we didn’t come here to wax philosophical about food and love so let’s get straight to the point. A round of applause for our list of 10 nutritiously packed food you should be feeding your baby in their first year of life.
7. Red Meat
Beef is just like white meat. It’s rich in nutrients like zinc, iron, protein and Vitamin B 12. It’s easily digested/absorbed into baby’s system and should be introduced sometime between the 8th and 10th month. Like most of the food being offered to baby, meat can be pureed and mixed with fruits.
8. Egg yolk
Eggs might not have a particularly stimulating taste but they’re rich in protein and good for your growing baby. Some babies might show a reaction to egg but you should note that it is the egg white that has proteins that these babies react to. The egg yolk also has proteins but these type are not allergenic so you can feed baby with the egg yolk.
It’s better to feed your baby with properly boiled egg separate from other food so that you can isolate your observations to be sure it’s what baby is reacting to. Once you’re sure baby isn’t allergic, you can fry, boil or scramble eggs and mix with breastmilk for the little one’s enjoyment.
9. Plain Yoghurt
Yoghurt is made from animal milk, mostly cow milk. It’s a rich source of protein, vitamins D & But, phosphorus and calcium that are good for strong bones. It’s also easy to be digested by baby’s still developing intestines. Start giving babies veggies from 7 to months.
Some babies a lactose intolerant or generally allergic to milk so you want to test the waters by giving them yoghurt alone so that you can observe if they will react.
10. Green Veggies
You know babies need their veggies even if they don’t seem to like it at first. Don’t mind them, it’s because they don’t like the bland taste. Persistence is the key here. Broccoli or spinach are good examples of green veggies. They are packed with anti-oxidants that encourage beautiful skin as well as vitamin A and minerals like calcium, iron and selenium.
Make a puree and give them to baby. Pediatricians usually advice that you start feeding your baby with green veggies before the sweet yellow/orange veggies like carrots otherwise it will be tough getting them to like these green ones.
The first 12 months of a baby’s life are the most important for babies growth and development. It’s also the time when baby’s palate is built so you want to give them a variety of foods with different taste and texture otherwise they’ll become picky eaters and develop eating disorders as they grow up.
Note that there is no rule to this. Don’t limit yourself to these ones. You also have to be observant in case they are allergic to any of these foods and also how they like the food.