If the most popular question about feeding baby is “When”, the second most popular question has got to be, “What?” In a recent post we discussed your baby’s first meal. In this post and the next, we will cover, in a bit more detail some first food choices for your baby.
The first foods you should feed your baby are those that are easily digested and least likely to trigger an allergic reaction. The most recommended first food is commercial iron-enriched baby cereal. You and your pediatrician should decide which food should be given to your baby at her very first meal.
Commercial iron-fortified baby rice cereal is the first choice of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Rice is easily digested, is rarely an allergen, and thins readily when added to liquid. Most commercial cereals, are refined and processed. Earth’s best brand, however, is not. It is made from whole brown rice and is organic. If you would like to you a commercial brand, I suggest you use Earth’s Best.
If your baby is at least 6 months old, I recommend homemade whole grain brown rice or millet cereal as baby’s first food (ie. Super Baby Porridge). These cereals are easily digested, but your baby must be at least 6 months old before he has the necessary digestive enzymes to handle the complex carbohydrates in these cereals.
For an informative video that describes baby’s first foods, check out the video starring Ruth Yaron and Cindy Crawford.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of First Foods right here at the Super Baby Food Blog.