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What Foods To Start Babies On – Creating a Happy Baby

Being a parent of an infant requires countless love, care, and responsibilities. Especially when you are new to parenting, things can seem confusing. As your baby grows up, your excitement is increases. At first, you breastfeed your baby or use supplemental formula. Then a few months later, the baby needs solid food for potential growth.

For every parent, introducing solids to infant babies is an exciting milestone. But What Foods To Start Babies On? Continue reading the article to learn about the baby’s first foods.

When your baby becomes four to six months old, you are used to breastfeeding or formula. But do not become too comfortable with this! Your child will soon show the readiness sign for solids.

When To Introduce Solids

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the right time to introduce solids to your child is between four to six months. However, it still depends on your baby; every child reacts differently to food. If your little one is not ready, you better wait and start solid foods between six and eight months. Most babies become ready in the period of 5 to 6 months. You must not rush this milestone. Remember, there is no need to give first food before four months.

Starting your little one on their baby food depends on your baby. Here are some signs that your baby may be ready for baby food.

  • They are curious, looking at things around them, especially what you’re eating!
  • They can sit up with support and have good head control.
  • They still seem hungry after having all their milk (breastfeeding or formula).

The AAP advises that the baby should also be double their birth weight and weigh at least 13 pounds.

From 4 months to 1 year and on, you are facing providing nutritious, balanced foods and exposing your little one to various tastes and textures to encourage a future of healthy eating.

Every baby is different; when my baby was born, he was 9 pounds and 10 ounces. He was always hungry; calling my doctor when Jeff was just four days old, the doctor said to start him on cereal and formula; he became very happy, and believe it or not, Jeff began to sleep all night. I was one of the lucky ones; very, very few infants do that. He is now six feet tall and very healthy. But please do not do this without your doctor saying so.

Baby’s Foods by Age

Age: Birth to 4 months

Breast milk or formula only, unless instructed differently by the baby’s doctor.

Age: 4 to 6 months (Stage One)

When the baby is ready for solids (baby food), you don’t need to worry. Introducing foods to your little one does not need to be in any particular order, while baby cereal is the traditional first food. (Single-Grain cereals fortified with iron for starters.) At 4 to 6 months, feed your baby two meals a day. It might not be easy to feed cereals initially. But you can try! Combine one teaspoon of cereal with four to five teaspoons of formula or breast milk. Most of the cereal may initially spill on the baby’s chin and all over, but do not panic. Things get better with time and practice. As your baby gets used to it, you can make it thicker by adding more cereal and less breast milk or formula.

The best 5 Baby Cereals:

The Best Overall:

Happy Baby Organic Oatmeal Cereal

The Best Whole Wheat:

Gerber Whole Wheat Baby Cereal

 

Best Rice

Earth’s Best Organic Infant Rice Cereal


Best Multi-grain:

Earths Best Organic Multi-grain Infant Cereal

The Best Variety Pack

Gerber Cereal Variety Pack

Oatmeal, Rice, Whole Wheat, Multi-grain

The about (stage one) baby foods are ranked by

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • Dietitians
  • Forbes Health Panel of Pediatricians and Registered dietitian

Now that your little tyke is doing well with the new experience of cereal, it’s time for stage 1, baby foods like vegetables and fruit. (The stage 1 baby foods are watery pureed of a single ingredient.)

Now your little one has made their way through their adventure of these delicious stage 1 purees; they are ready for the exciting world of combination puree to Stage 2 purees ( The Stage 2 food is thicker but continues to still be fairly smooth.)

You may have heard that it is preferred to start with vegetables over fruit or the baby will develop a preference for sweet foods, but there’s no research to back that up. So it’s up to you to start with vegetables or fruits.

Age 6 to 8 months

Same as 4 to 6 months with some additional things

Here are examples of some stage 2 baby foods

Pureed Baby Foods:

Pureed Squash, Pears, Peaches, Applesauce, Bananas,
Zucchini, Apples, Spinach, and Chicken blend,
Sweet Potato with Pear Blend. Green Beans, and Broccoli blend Blueberry, Mango,

Per amazon customers’ ratings, these are 6 of the best baby foods, stage 2

Rating 9.9 — Gerber – Gerber Pureed 2nd Foods Veggie & Fruit Variety Pack

Rating 9.8 — Happy Baby – Happy Baby Organic Clearly Crafted Stage 2 Baby, Fruit, Veggie Variety Pack, 4 oz Pouch

Rating 9.7 — Plum Organics – Plum Organics Stage 2, Organic Baby Food, Fruit and Veggie Variety Pack, 4 oz Pouch

Rating 9.6 — Gerber – Gerber 2nd Foods Hawaiian delight Dessert

Rating 9.5 — Happy Baby – Happy Baby Organics Simple Combos Stage 2 Baby Food, Variety Pack

Rating 9.2 — Gerber – Gerber 2nd Foods Sweet Potato & Turkey Pureed Baby Food


Stage 3 Baby Foods: are chunky and lumpy. They contain larger pieces of soft foods that train babies to develop munching and chewing skills (since munching and chewing are learned, not innate, behaviors). They’re meant for babies who have mastered the stage 2 textures and who are ready to explore a wide texture variety.

Along this journey of taste and textures (About 8 months), your little one will start picking-up food and trying to feed themselves.

Baby’s now becoming interested in doing things like the following:

  • Picking up food with fingers or hands.
  • Tries to use a spoon.
  • Transfers items from one hand to the other.
  • Is swallowing food more easily.
  • Moves jaw like their chewing.
  • Don’t push food out with tongue.

Around 8 months or a little sooner, your little one is most likely to be interested in finger food—things they see you eating at the table. We had our son’s high chair at the table for meals. There are many types of finger food in the baby food section for this age.

Some good finger food include

Happy Baby – Organic Yogis Freese-Dried Yogurt & Fruit Snack

Gerber – Teethers Wafer – Peach and banana flavor

Dissolves easily, For 7 months & up


Gerber Puffs – Banana & Strawberry apple

Around 8 months, you can try new tastes and textures to baby’s treats, things like:

Diced Avocado – this is fun to mash, pick-up, and feed it to their self.

Small pieces of scrambled eggs are a great finger food, full of protein and other things the baby needs. As far as things like scrambled eggs and some other finger foods go, the timing is still out with some doctors; checking is always a good idea when in question.

At 9 months old, babies are more comfortable feeding themselves and eating the foods the family enjoys.

For babies, eating solid foods is a sensory delight of texture, smells, and tastes, plus all that fun of making a mess with those curious tiny hands.

Continuing thru the 9th month and on to the 12 month: Chopped, Ground, or Mashed Foods

As soon as your fast-growing munchkin is ready to transition from purees, it is time to incorporate more finger foods with interesting textures like yogurt, cottage cheese, mashed bananas, and mashed sweet potatoes. Baby can now use additional iron; for this, you can try pureed meat like beef, chicken, and turkey.

Notes:

  • Stay with your baby all the time while they are eating for safety.
  • Baby has tiny tummies, so be careful not to overfill baby.
  • Some signs that your little tyke is full:
    • Leaning back in their chair
    • Turning head away from food
    • Pushes away food
    • Uses hand motions or sounds letting you know they are full
    • Starting to fall asleep
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following items:
    • Not giving fruit juice to infants under one year old. Only pasteurized, 100% fruit juices (without added sugar) may be given to older babies and children but should be limited to 4 ounces a day. It would also be a great idea to dilute the juice with water and offer it in a cup with a meal.
    • Healthy babies usually require little or no extra water, except in very hot weather.
    • Don’t warm baby’s food or bottles in the microwave; it can burn baby’s throat or mouth.
    • Cow’s milk shouldn’t be added to the diet until your baby is age 1. (Talk to your baby’s doctor about starting milk.)
    • Don’t give your child honey in any form during your child’s first year. It can cause infant botulism (a condition caused by a toxin).

What Food To Start Babies On? As parents, you will be searching and making a lot of important decisions about the best foods for your little one. Every parent wants the most nutritious, healthiest, and best baby food, whether natural or organic, in a jar or pouch.

Babies are pretty good at knowing when they’re hungry or when they are full, and they will let you know. Just watch their cues.

I have given you the basics of What Foods To Start Babies On; I hope this is of help to you.

Starting your baby with solid food is an exciting milestone for parents, but an even more incredible milestone is when they can completely feed themselves, some call that milestone 8.

Be sure to take a lot of pictures; you won’t be sorry; I still look back at my son’s photos and get so much joy from them. Your little one will never be that size or age again.

Please feel free to share your feedback; I would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have.

Thank You, and the best of everything to you and your family.

Edith

10 replies on “What Foods To Start Babies On – Creating a Happy Baby”

Every new parent is anxious about doing the best for their baby, and especially when it comes to their health and food. So new parents will benefit from reading this post on what foods to start babies on to create happy and healthy kids.  

Mashes bananas and mashed potatoes were some of the first foods that I started my babies on when they were around six months old. Quickly after that followed pureed steamed apple, and then pureed carrots and peas. I notice that you have not included carrots or peas on your list, so was wondering what the reason was for not including them? 

The modern tendency seems to be to let the baby pick up the food and put it into their mouths themselves. At what age would you recommend that can be done? Thank you. 

Hi Linecowley

Thank you for your reply on What Food To Start Baby on.

Things have changed over the years. Baby foods are healthy and there is a large variety. 

Not adding the peas and carrot was just an oversite, I gave them to my son, I gave him pretty much all     the different types of food.  Today, he as an adult, he will eat or try anything.

Thank you for your question about when a baby should start picking up food and putting it in their mouth.

It will start around 8 or 9 months, is when most babies, have developed the fine motor skills, that is 

needed to pick up  small pieces of food and find their mouths, using  a pincer grasp.

The Stage 3 Baby Foods: are chunky and lumpy. They contain larger pieces of soft foods that train babies to develop munching and chewing skills (since munching and chewing are learned, not innate, behaviors). They’re meant for babies who have mastered the stage 2 textures and who are ready to explore a wide texture variety.

Thank you again for writing, hope to talk to you again.

Edith

Your article was very helpful.  I am a grandparent now and soon to have another so I was curious about the proper foods suggested today.  Actually, its not too much different than when I was first a parent.  The ages are about the same.  Of course, the variety food that you have suggested is greater than what we could get.  I am particularly interested in the fact that some chunkiness is good.  We tried hard, it seemed forever, to get food as smooth as possible.  I am going to pass this article on to my daugher in law.

Hi Anastazja

Thank you for commenting on my article.  Congratulations on your up-and-coming new grandchild, you are very lucky.  What are you hoping for, girl or boy?

You are right about getting the food smooth, It is good for babies.

Then they contain larger pieces of soft foods that train babies to develop munching and chewing skills (since munching and chewing are learned, not innate, behaviors).

Thank you again, and I wish you the best of luck and happyness.

This text will help young mothers a lot and I will be happy to recommend it to my friends who have small babies. I have a seventeen month old baby, now he eats everything, but in the beginning I made his own pots of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as meat.

Hi Bojana

Thank You for commenting on my article. I am glad you fill it helpful for new parents. The little ones are wonderful..

We are so lucky to have choices now. I found the baby cereals a life saver when my child was introduced to solids as they are quick and easy to make up and there is minimal wastage. One has to be careful to check that there is no added sugar though, as sugar is highly addictive and the longer you can keep your child off sugar, the better.

My daughter used to love the pureed fruit too, especially the pear and banana, but that is most probably because they are sweet.

HI Michel Maling

Thank You for commenting, on my article.  I also very much liked baby cereals.

Plus, your comment on sugar is so right, I am one of those with a really strong sweet tooth, not good.

Babies need to have as many nutrients in their food as they can get. It shows in this blog that are so many selections for what baby food to get. I like how they have all been rated so it can also allow a potential customer to see how other buyers and even yourself as the writer rated it out of 10.

Michael,

Thank you for your comment on What Foods to Start Baby On Creating a Happy Baby.  It was very helpful to know that including the ratings on the foods was helpful to add.

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