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Rethinking What We Know About Baby’s First Foods

Tanaphong Toochinda

Introducing your baby to solid foods is a daunting task.

It’s hard to know if you’re getting the right advice from well-meaning family, your mommy group – or Google.

According to Amy Shapiro, Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist and advisor to Fresh Bellies , the first-ever savory kid product for palate training, parents should be aware of 5 common misconceptions when they start solids:

#1 YOU NEED TO START WITH BLAND FOODS

For most parents, spices are out, and fruits are first for babies. Instead, first foods should teach young palates to learn to love savory food. Many typical pre-made baby foods add sugar, which changes baby’s taste profile to crave sweet. Go for unmasked veggies seasoned with herbs and spices (yes garlic!).

#2 YOUR BABY MUST WAIT UNTIL MONTH 6

There’s no set rule around baby’s first solid foods – it really depends on your baby. It’s totally okay to start at month 4 or even start all the way up to month 8.

#3 NUTS ARE A NO GO

No need to avoid nuts. In fact, the earlier you introduce your kids, in pureed form, (as long as there is no family history of nut allergy), the less risk they have of developing these and other types of allergies. Introduce them at around 6 months.

#4 BABY’S FIRST MEATBALLS?

Early on, your child does not yet have the enzymes necessary to digest meats. Always start with veggies, and avoid those chicken nuggets for now.

#5 CLEAN YOUR PLATE

Worried your child isn’t eating enough? Don’t. Let your kid tell you when they are finished with their meal.If you teach them to ignore their natural “full” tendency, they will have trouble self-regulating their eating portions for the rest of their lives.

Hope this helps you mamas out there!

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