Ever since I wrote about what to feed your baby, people have been asking me more and more questions. So… here’s what to really feed your baby, in great detail.
Around 6 months old (ideally, when your baby is trying to steal the food you are eating,) try pure, simple, alkaline-forming foods – mostly fruits and vegetables. Do not give your baby rice cereal,unless you want to provide them with “empty” calories and zero nutritional benefit. Try: broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, sweet potatoes, raw apples (grate them,) bananas, pears.
Around 9 months old your baby is probably a seasoned eater. They are picking things up with their cute little hands and are finally showing some real love of solid food. Try giving them more protein. Cooked beans, lentils, peas, gluten-free grains, like buckwheat, millet, brown rice, quinoa and amaranth are great. You don’t need to do anything special with the cooked grain and you don’t have to process it.The grains are very small and your baby is very unlikely to choke on them. You can start introducing olive oil, by adding it to the grains. You can start giving your baby a bit of homemade hummus, for protein and nutrients. Keep feeding your baby the “rainbow.” Try to give them two-three vegetables and (optionally) one fruit each meal.Try more acidic foods, like avocado and potato. Add to the green veggie mix, by also feeding your baby some zucchini, string beans and cabbage. Try squash, if in season. Gradually introduce berries and watch out for allergic reactions. If peaches and plums are in season, try those. At this stage, the best way to feed your baby is to chop their food into tiny little pieces and allow the baby to pick these up with their hands. Prepare for some serious clean up.
At about 12 months begin to give your baby cooked greens (bok choy, beet greens, lettuce, etc…) Now is the time to set a foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating. Add blackstrap molasses, they are great for iron. I gave my oldest a teaspoon a day when he was a year old.Generally, this is a good time to move your baby to the family’s table, as they should be eating a great variety of healthy whole foods at this age.
18 months is the time to introduce animal protein, if you wish. Try very small chunks of fish, eggs (yolk first,) and various meats. Try yoghurt and goat’s milk, if you want to give your baby those products.Try small amounts of gluten-containing grains, like rye and barley. Oats can be introduced as well. Watch out for allergic reactions, such as rashes, shortness of breath and abnormal tiredness!
Things like cheese, nut butters, soy, corn and wheat are generally heavy and are better introduced later and in small portions. Ideally, wait till your baby is about two years old to give them bread. A lot of bread contains soy and other allergens.