Fruits Before Vegetables when Introducing Solid Foods?

Fruits Before Vegetables when Introducing Solid Foods? 2017-03-19T19:53:14+00:00

Never introduce fruits before vegetables – ever.

Despite all of the research and studies that have been done about the order of introducing solid foods to babies, this is the one myth that continues to hang on the strongest.   Some pediatricians say to introduce the vegetables first so that your baby does not develop a “sweet tooth” for fruits.

For the breast fed baby, it’s too late, breast milk is a sweet food and therefore breastfed babies get to eat the sweetest food there is, straight from the beginning of life!   You will find some pediatricians that say to definitely introduce fruits first as this approach will help baby enjoy her first foods and she will be less likely to reject the foods.   And then there is the order of color of vegetable recommendations. Here’s the good news, there is no hard scientific evidence to prove that any of these myths are fact.

You will find many babies who love their green veggies and totally dislike their fruits. Of course there are also those babies who seem to have a “sweet” tooth and simply prefer the yellow/orange vegetables. It is quite possible that this might be more of a texture issue than a taste issue; green vegetables (peas for example) tend to be tougher and not as smooth as the yellow/orange (sweet potato).

If you are unsure about all of this, then why not try to introduce foods in an alternating order? You try sweet potatoes then bananas – then avocados and then peaches for example. Alternating between a fruit and a vegetable, and maybe some homemade cereal along the way, is a great way to get the best of both worlds!