A baby’s food should be nutritious and appropriate for their age and developmental stage. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, followed by the introduction of complementary foods while continuing to breastfeed until the baby is at least two years old.
When it comes to introducing solid foods, it’s best to start with single-ingredient purees such as mashed or pureed fruits and vegetables. Introduce one new food at a time and wait a few days before introducing another new food. This can help identify any potential food allergies or intolerances.
As the baby gets older and more experienced with eating, they can be offered a wider variety of foods such as soft cooked meats, fish, and legumes. It’s important to avoid foods that are choking hazards such as whole grapes, nuts, popcorn, and hard candy.
It’s also important to limit or avoid foods that are high in salt, sugar, and unhealthy fats. Instead, opt for fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats such as avocado and olive oil.
It’s a good idea to consult with a healthcare provider or a registered dietitian for guidance on appropriate foods and feeding practices for your baby.