5 Healthy Food for Babies
One of the things moms usually ask is “Can my baby eat this?” “Is this good for my baby?” “Is this healthy for my baby?” Babies can already start eating solid food at least 4 months to 6 months old, depending on their taste buds. Some babies feel agitated when eating solids because they are not used in swallowing firmer food. Before letting the baby eat solids, make sure they sit upright so they can easily swallow their food. Moms can place them on their laps or let them sit in a high chair with a safety belt. Letting babies eat solids does not mean they have to stop breastfeeding; they still need to breastfeed to get their basic nutritional needs. It is best to ask recommendation from your pediatrician on what solid food they can start eating and to avoid allergic reactions. What are the basic healthy food moms can start giving to their babies? 1. Bananas. Bananas are full of Carbohydrates which can give babies their energy in playing and interacting with other people. It also has Fiber for regulating the blood sugar in the body. 2. Sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are rich in Potassium, Vitamin. C, Fiber and also Beta Carotene. The latter is an anti-oxidant that helps maintain good health on the skin and prevents skin damage. It also helps in avoiding certain types of cancer. 3. Eggs. Eggs are full of nutrients for growing babies. The egg whites have Protein which helps the baby’s muscle growth and the egg yolks are full of vitamins such as Vitamin A, D, E and B12. 4. Carrots. Carrots are considered one of the best foods for babies. When steamed, it lets out a sweet flavor which babies love. It also has a huge role in growth and healthy vision since it is full of Vitamin A and Beta Carotene. 5. Yogurt. Yogurts has many ingredients that babies need in order for them to grow healthy and strong like Calcium, Protein and Phosphorus which are important for the baby’s bones and teeth. It is natural if the baby doesn’t accept the food at first. They can be hesitant since it is their first time seeing the food you are giving them. Give them some time to adjust to the taste and texture since they are used to liquids such as milk and water. When moms start to feed their babies solid food, it is better to cook it by steaming and mash it so the baby can easily swallow the food. They can be reluctant at first; try to put a small amount in the baby’s mouth for them to be able to taste and smell the food. Give it about two days to see if there are any allergic reactions from the food provided, if not, it means the baby’s body can easily absorbed the nutrients from the food given to them. Follow Mom and Baby Hub’s blog and Facebook page (facebook.com/momandbabyhub) for more baby health tips!