My baby is ready to eat solid foods; how should I start and what food should I feed?

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First Foods For Babies

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There are a few things to keep in mind as you begin transitioning and introducing solid foods to your baby.  Two of the most important things to remember are to 1) take it slow and 2) keep it simple.  Choosing which food to start your baby on is one of the fun aspects of beginning solid foods.  Here are a few great choices for nutritious and tasty starter foods for your baby.

First Foods

Why are these good choices?

Apples, Avocado, Bananas, Mangos, Peaches, Pears
Smooth, creamy, and lightly sweet, these fruits are loaded with important nutrients and they are also easily digested.
Sweet Potatoes, Acorn or Butternut Squash, Green Beans, Peas
Orange vegetables like sweet potatoes and squashes are really tasty vegetables and are wonderful starter vegetables.They can be made smooth and creamy and they are packed full of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and even some Iron.Green beans also make a great first food for those who wish to start with vegetables that are green.*
Rice, Oats, Barley
Rice and oats are two grains that are traditional starter foods for babies.These grains are not highly allergenic and are relatively easy to digest.  Brown rice and steel cut oats may be easily made into “baby cereal” and these offer the most nutrients.
* While research shows that babies (and humans of all ages) are born with an innate preference for sweet tastes, many pediatricians still recommend offering green vegetables first and fruits second to encourage a taste for less sweet foods.