Baby’s first taste of solid food should be a single ingredient, age appropriate food. A few wonderful choices for first foods for babies, as many paediatric resources are now acknowledging, are tasty are homemade food with fruits and vegetables.
You should take it very slow when introducing solid foods. Always introduce only one new food at a time and continue the same for 3-4 days to keep a tab on any allergic reaction. If you notice any rashes, discontinue the food immediately and do not start until a month or two later.
Baby will not eat much at first. Don’t offer more than a teaspoon at first gradually increasing to a tablespoon and then to 2-3 tablespoons.
- Fruits. Avocados, bananas, apple purees are most easily digestible.
- Vegetables. Fresh vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes should be washed, peeled and cooked until tender and served as mashed purees.
- Meat and fish. Babies often prefer well-cooked chicken, which is soft and easy to eat when shredded. Red meat soup is also a good choice.
- Beans and legumes.
- Grains and cereals. Red lentils, green gram, rice cereal is preferred as first food in most of the countries.
You can see the Baby food chart here.
Note: Do not add salt or sugar to enhance the taste as it will effect kidney functionality in the infants under 1 year of age.