First Foods for Baby: Fruits

When your baby reaches her 4 month marker she is said to be ready for baby food. If you’re still unsure you can test her on a few things. Can she keep her head up all by herself? Can she sit up without assistance? As a parent you will have many questions you want answered before introducing new foods to your baby. One of them might be whether or not to start with vegetables first or fruits. Some experts recommend starting with fruits because they are similar to breastmilk in sweetness and your baby will have an easier time accepting the change. On the other hand, others say to start with vegetables because as humans we inherent a taste for sweets and feeding your baby vegetables first will widen their palate and possibly be less difficult introducing after sweet fruits. There is never a right or wrong answer between the two, and if given appropriately your baby will have no problem eating and digesting either or.

Fruits are an important part of our daily nutrition. They contain a valuable source of vitamins, fiber, calcium, iron, and other beneficial minerals. Today we are sharing which fruits to start your baby with and their health benefits:

 

Bananas: Bananas are great for your baby’s first food! Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, fiber, and include Vitamins B and C. They also offer a great boost of energy because they contain slow-release sugars that are released throughout the day for sustained energy. Bananas are a top pick for maintain a healthy digestion and they can treat cases of diarrhea and constipation. In addition, this fruit also helps sustain proper heart and stomach health. For preparation, bananas are simple to prepare and can be served mashed or chopped. For the first few months we suggest mashed or pureed, and as your little one becomes more experienced with solids you can serve them minced or chopped.

Pears: Pears are one of the least allergenic fruits which make them a perfect first food option. They are also very gentle on your baby’s tummy and work great for babies suffering from Reflux. Pears contain no sodium, saturated fats, or cholesterol, and are a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, folate, and calcium. They are also packed with potassium and magnesium. Pears can be served pureed or mashed in the first few months. After that they can be served in chunks, and parents you don’t need to worry about peeling the skin off once your baby becomes accustomed to solids, but make sure to clean and wash your pears before eating.

Avocados: Yes, avocados are in fact a fruit! They are also one of the best superfoods and are loaded with proteins for muscle development and unsaturated fats for good brain and nervous system development. Avocados are a great source of fiber, potassium, folate, Vitamin E, and iron. They also contain beta-carotene which promotes healthy vision and lowers the risk of cancer. The avocado is smooth and creamy which makes it a perfect first food for your baby. When your baby is ready you can serve the avocado mashed and then cubed as they get older and begin to chew.

Blueberries: This fruit contains the highest antioxidant amount than all fruits! Blueberries are rich in beta-carotene, Vitamin C, potassium, Vitamin K, and lutein, a carotenoid which is an essential for proper brain development and eye development. Blueberries are not a common allergen and they are not part of the family of berries that are known to poses allergy threats. Blueberries are one of the simplest fruits because their preparation is minimal. You can give your baby blueberries around the ages of 6-9 months, and as they become more experienced and reach the 1 year marker you can carefully serve them in halves or as wholes.

Apples: Apples are one of the best first baby foods. They are jam packed with fiber, which helps maintain a regular bowel and a healthy digestive system. Apples promote cardiovascular health, lung health, bone health, are low-fat, and they help maintain a healthy weight. Apples can be served in numerous ways. First they should be peeled and mashed into apple sauce and then once your baby reaches 8-10 months old you can try cubed apples.

 

Always remember it can take a few times for your baby to like a new food. Never give up if they don’t like it the first time! Before giving your baby new foods it’s important to speak to your pediatrician and ask their advice depending on your baby and their health.

 

Keep a look out for next week’s post featuring first vegetables for baby!

 

 

How to Throw a Halloween Party

While you may have passed down the trick-or-treating to your children it doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time this Halloween! If you’re planning a Halloween block party this year that’s fun for everyone checkout these helpful tips on how to get ready for the big event:

 

Invitations: Whether you send out a Facebook invite or you make your own invitations it’s important to have something to let everyone know what’s going on. Don’t forget to put the date, the location, when the party starts and stops, and what kind of party it is. It’s important to keep in mind not everyone can make it on Halloween because they may be taking the kids out for trick-or-treating. Try planning your party the weekend before or after Halloween so all your guests are more likely available. Don’t forget to say on the invitation it is costume mandatory! It’s Halloween after all.

 

Decorations: Decorations are always fun at a Halloween party. Sometimes they can make or break the mood. Whether your party is being hosted at your house or another location, make sure to have the appropriate decorations. This is your party so have fun and decorate the way you want to, but make sure to keep the children in mind. Decorating for Halloween can be fun, but if you plan to get really gory you could scare the kids. Instead try decorating with simple props such as pumpkins, skeletons, cobwebs, etc. Also, your lighting and sound effects are definitely something to consider. Ask one of your neighbors if you can borrow their strobe light to set up in the front yard to make a spooky entrance. A fog machine is also something that will be a hit at the party. Set it up outside or even in the basement to be included in the fun dance party later on!

Tip: If you choose to have the location set somewhere else besides your home, make sure you have plenty of time to set everything up. Give yourself more than 24-48 hours to have everything ready for the big party.

 

Music: You can’t have a Halloween party without some spooky music! The hit Monster Mash is totally a must, but if you want to try something a little different put on a spooky movie to fill the background while people are hanging around. Pick a movie like the Headless Horseman or A Nightmare Before Christmas to keep it kid friendly.

 

Snacks: Pizza is great, but if you’re trying to spruce things up a bit, try looking at Pinterest for some Halloween snack ideas. You’ll find anything from puking pumpkins to amazing finger snacks. People will go crazy over anything that is a little different from the norm. Plus the kids will find your spider lady fingers really fun and delicious!

Tip: If you’re on a budget it’s okay to put on the invitation to bring a side to pass around.

 

Games: Do you have any special games in mind? Depending on the weather you can do a lot of things both inside and outside. These are our favorite outside games: pumpkin corn hole, pumpkin carving, and ghost in the graveyard. Here are our favorite inside games: murder mystery, Pictionary, charades, diving for apples, and best costume reveal!

 

The biggest thing to remember is to have fun! It’s your party so whatever you decide goes. Make sure everyone gets involved with the games, both the kids and the adults, so everyone can have a good time laughing and playing around!