Babies have tiny tummies, they don’t eat much. So it’s important to make sure that whatever they are eating should be healthy and should have lots of nutrients. For proper mental and physical development, it’s important to feed them proper food. Here is the baby’s nutritional need to maintain healthy growth-
Yogurt is rich in calcium, protein, and phosphorus which are necessary for strong bones and teeth. Yogurt has probiotics which help in proper digestion. Choose whole-milk yogurt because it is also rich in fat and baby also need fats.
2. Iron-fortified baby cereals
Iron-fortified baby cereals are rich in iron and baby needs iron for proper growth and development. Start with baby rice before 6 months because they don’t cause any allergies. After that, you can use barley, wheat, and oats.
Avocado is rich healthy unsaturated fat which is important for the development of the brain. Buttery, smooth and creamy avocados are easily digested by babies.
4. Red meat
Red meat is full of zinc and iron. It is important to feed iron rich food because baby starts to run after of iron after 5-6 months.
Bananas are full of carbohydrates and fibers which provide sustained energy and support digestive tract. Before serving banana to babies make sure that they are ripe and properly mashed.
Blueberries are rich in vitamin C. Blueberries have a blue pigment called anthocyanin that benefits baby’s eye, brain, and urinary tract. They have the highest antioxidants of all fruits.
7. Sweet potatoes
They are a good source of vitamin C, potassium and fibers. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene which helps to prevent certain types of cancer.
Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin C, beta- carotene, iron, folic acid and also calcium. Broccoli also has substances which protect the body from cancer.
Carrot has a large amount of beta-carotene which is then converted into vitamin A in our body. Vitamin A is important for growth and healthy vision. Before serving your baby make sure that it is cooked well and soft or serve as a puree.
10. Papaya flesh
It is a rich source of vitamin C and beta- carotene. It also contains enzymes and soluble fiber which helps in proper digestion.
FOODS TO AVOID
1. Foods that are high in sweet, salt and fats.
2. Should also avoid honey because it may contain bacteria causing botulism.
3. Processed food should be avoided.
4. Foods that are slippery, sticky and large cut pieces of vegetables or fruits as baby can get choked.
5. Don’t feed seed or nuts because they are too small to choke.
6. Citrus or acidic acid should be avoided because it may cause rashes or upset stomach.