Breakfast of Champions: Weaning Your Baby to Solid Foods

Breakfast of Champions: Weaning Your Baby to Solid FoodsYou’ve decided it’s time to start weaning your baby to solid foods. Congratulations baby! You’re becoming the age where it’s still appropriate to eat with your fingers and make a mess, but you’re saying bye bye to the mush! Depending on your child, you can start introducing solids as young as 4 to 6 months. Although every baby is different, and their tastes and intake vary, it’s okay to start off with incorporating small bits of soft foods into their daily meals. However, we can understand that substituting breastmilk for applesauce can be a little intimidating. If you’re a parent, and you’re a little scared to stick a bunch of cheerios in front of your baby and let them have a go with them, we know how you feel. Going from liquids to solids is a big deal; but it’s also very exciting. If you think starting off slow is a good idea than that is just fine. You’re the parent, and you make the decisions!

Let’s start with breakfast; after all, it’s the most important meal of the day. Breakfast is a great opportunity to spend some time on your baby’s first meal and make it a little special. You can be creative and jam-pack it with key vitamins and minerals. There are tons of awesome breakfast ideas for your baby, but today we are going to talk about five of them:

Avocado and Egg Yolks

Avocados are a great source of vitamin a and potassium, and egg yolks have a lot of good cholesterol and iron in them. They are both also very high in monounsaturated fat, which is really good for a baby’s brain development. For breakfast slightly puree the two and serve it to your baby as a healthy meal. Both already have a creamy texture so don’t worry about adding liquid when you puree. After your baby becomes used to the food and the texture, try slicing them into chunks instead of pureeing!

Yogurt or Cottage Cheese with Fruit

If you are aware that your baby is not allergic to milk products, try yogurt and cottage cheese for breakfast or even for a great snack! Both of these foods will give your baby numerous vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, vitamin d, and protein! Cut up, or puree, soft fruits like berries or peaches into your baby’s yogurt or cottage cheese for an even healthier breakfast.

Sweet Potatoes and Mashed Tofu

The nutritional value of sweet potatoes and tofu is amazing! Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin a and e, and they are rich in calcium and folate. Tofu is a great source of protein and calcium. However, some parents might think tofu isn’t for their babies because of its strange sponge-like texture and their fear of their child having an allergic reaction to soy, but it’s actually really recommended to try because of its richness in proteins and iron! Just like avocados, sweet potatoes and tofu are easy to puree and slice so your baby will have no problem with this yummy breakfast!

Cheerios Soaked in Applesauce

Cheerios have long been known as baby’s “first finger food.” They are 100% whole grain oats, dissolve easily in the mouths, low in sugar, and have many vitamins and minerals. Applesauce is high in fiber and great for your baby’s digestive system. They have also been proven to help keep a healthy weight and cardiovascular health. Soaking cheerios is applesauce is great for beginners because it will soften the already soft cereal and give it a little more flavor!

Hummus w/ Pita Bread

If your baby already loves other fruits and vegetables, and they don’t mind expanding their palate, try out hummus with small bits of soft pita bread. Hummus is made from chickpeas and ground sesame seeds, which makes it high in protein and amino acids. It’s also rich in iron, folate, potassium, and vitamin e. Pita bread is great to pair with hummus even if you’re not a baby, but try to find the soft bread and tear it into small chucks that are easy to swallow.

 

To make sure your baby doesn’t have any allergic reactions to certain foods, consult your pediatrician first before you try anything new. Once you know your limits with your child’s food you are free to try a number of awesome breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that will be easy to wean them off liquids and onto solids!