Food is your baby’s gateway to a nutrition filled diet beyond milk. You don’t have to limit yourself to just baby cereals, porridge and crackers, there’s actually a range of things you can slice, dice, poach and fry up for you little one. Every bite matters so make it a good one.
Unless there’s a history of nut allergies in the family, feeding your bubs nut butters from a young age can actually prevent nut allergies when they’re older. Some brands have a high oleic content. This means there’s a higher level of good fats in comparison to normal peanut butter.
You don’t have to limit bubs to peanut butter only. There are other nut butters available at the supermarket such as almond and cashews. Check that there’s no added salt and sugar and just go for the plain nut butter for the full nutty goodness. Or you can make your own nut butter concoction by throwing a handful in a blender and let it whiz until smooth.
It’s recommended that your baby can begin having peanut butter between the ages of 6 – 8 months.
Eggs is one of the most easily digestible and nutrition dense food you can give your baby. It has iron, folate, choline, a good amount of protein, vitamins A, D and E. Eggs also makes a wonderful go to for when you’re in a bit of rush or just simply don’t have enough time. Just hard boiled egg with just the yolk mashed in some breast milk, formula or water to a consistency your baby prefers.
It’s recommended that egg whites be given to bubs after they’re 8 months as it is the higher allergy part of the egg. But don’t let that put you off from giving bubs eggs all together. As they grow older, you can start doing scrambled eggs and omelets cut into strips for the perfect finger food solution.
As adults, we’ve been told that fat is bad. But babies need fat (and a good amount of energy) to grow. Most of it goes to their brains and nervous system development. Saturated fat and cholesterol shouldn’t be restricted until they’re about 2. Fat also helps absorb fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K.
Not only that, butter makes every taste good!
Cold Water Fish
Fish used to be a no-no for small babies but not anymore. Cold water fish such as salmon, herring and canned tuna are high in DHA. DHA plays a crucial role in retinal and brain development, especially for children in the first two years of life.
Introducing fish to your baby is actually quite easy. Just bake or steam a boneless fillet, puree it or break up the flakes with a fork and mash it together with breast milk, formula or water.