What are the best first baby foods? If you are new to being a parent, you might not be sure about what to try first with your baby when it comes to baby foods and cereals. I know for my son it was total trial and error. I think this is the way it is usually. However, I did learn a few tips after seeing what worked for us.
Below you will have plenty of choices and ideas to start with for feeding your baby. You can also check out my post about what baby foods to start with [here].
So, this is not the pureed baby food, but you will be feeding your baby cereal. Cereal can be the best way for you to start because it doesn’t have much taste to it. I always mixed the cereal with the milk my baby was already drinking, so this was easier for them to get used to while adjusting to the texture differences.
It is recommended that you start with a single grain cereal since it will be easier for their little tummies to digest. Below is a list of great options to check when you’re ready to introduce cereal. These are the kinds that I used and recommend using.
- Gerber Organic Oatmeal Cereal. This is a great option if you are looking for organic products. This cereal has no other flavors, it is just the organic oatmeal which your baby will love mixed with milk.
- Gerber Single-Grain Oatmeal Cereal. This cereal is similar to the organic option. It doesn’t have any flavoring to it and the taste is probably about the same as the organic. It’s whichever preference you have for organic or not.
- Gerber Single-Grain Rice Cereal. This one doesn’t really fit under oatmeal cereal, but I had to include it because it is another great option. It is single-grain like the others, but it is rice cereal instead of oatmeal cereal. Again this would be based on personal preference.
These are the three unflavored go-tos for me. There are plenty of other options out there and The three kinds listed above also comes in different flavors.
Fruits are best for introducing to your baby first. From my experience, babies prefer the fruits than the veggies at first. When feeding your baby fruits, you should use a rubber tipped spoon, so it is soft on the mouth. Below are some suggestions for which fruits to try first.
It is important to introduce one food at a time. You want to wait 4 days between introducing different foods. First, you will want to check if they like it. If they like it and you continue with the first one. Check for any kinds of allergic reactions such as vomiting, diarrhea, or rashes.
Introducing vegetables to your baby can be a little more tricky. Babies usually love the fruits. When you start introducing vegetables, it can be a bigger adjustment for them. Some they will like more than others at first. Here is a list in order of which ones I recommend introducing first.
- Sweet Potatoes.
- Butternut Squash.
- Green Beans.
As I said in my post about [what to introduce first], the green beans and peas can take longer and for them to like. My son took three tries over a couple weeks to actually like green beans. He absolutely loved the sweet potatoes. I think the sweet potatoes and carrots are the easier vegetables to try because they taste better as baby food than the green beans and peas.
Between the ages of 4 to 8 months, you want to be focusing on introducing different foods to see what they like and make sure they are not allergic to any before continuing. The main focus is the baby cereal, baby fruits, and baby vegetables. I am going to talk a bit about introducing protein here, but you should not be introducing pureed meat until after about 8 months.
Your baby will need this time to get used to the new foods. Test the veggies and fruits before introducing the meats. This is how you can keep a record of what they like because you are trying one thing at a time. You can make your own puree if you choose to do it that way. There is also a variety of baby foods containing meet for the right ages available for you to buy.
You can combine a veggie with a meat when you first try it out. Just make sure the veggie is something your baby has had before and likes. The meats that I recommend trying first is chicken, turkey, and beef. Remember to only introduce one at a time and wait the four days before trying the next one.
After you have tried the fruits, veggies, and meats, you should know what your baby enjoys eating and what they may have had a reaction to.
This post is to offer my advice based on personal experience. I am not an expert and I do not refer to myself as one. I am a mom and I loved capturing memories of all these moments especially the first introducing baby foods. My goal here is to help others find the information they are looking for when it is time to introduce baby foods.
As I said in prior posts, The decision is up to you. You can find plenty of advice and opinions from many people, but this is your baby and your family. You do what you think is best for you baby and lifestyle. Go all organic if you want, or don’t do organic at all.
Introducing baby food will be an exciting time for you and for your baby. I hope you enjoyed reading my post, and I hope you are able to take something away from here, whether it is new information or an idea. Your comments and stories you would like to share are always welcome, please leave them below.