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As parents, there is no end to the options we must consider when it comes to raising our children. From choosing our little one’s pediatrician to establishing their naptime routine to figuring out childcare, and everything in between, the mental load for raising kids always seems to be set at capacity. As soon our babies graduate to solid food at around 6 months, one of the biggest recurring questions becomes “what’s on the menu?”
And while there’s no shortage of information and advice (even the unsolicited kind) from experts and well-intended individuals on how and what to feed your kids, our philosophy for feeding little ones mirrors the philosophy we advocate for feeding ourselves: eating a variety of wholesome, minimally processed foods with as little stress or fuss as possible. With children, there are also a few other factors to consider. Here are a few general principles that can be helpful to draw from when starting your baby on solid foods:
An additional note to consider: Infants and children commonly experience allergies and because of this, we generally recommend introducing new foods one at a time in the early months. That way, you can closely monitor your baby for any reactions. Please consult with your pediatrician for any specific questions or concerns.
Butternut squash & red lentil soup. Legumes including lentils and beans are one of the most underrated foods for babies (and adults, for that matter). Not only are they shelf-stable and affordable, they’re also a plant-based source of iron that’s also packed with beneficial fiber.
Yogurt, berries, & chia seeds. You’ll want to limit added sugar and salt during the first year of your baby’s life, so flavoring plain, tangy yogurt with fresh fruit is a great way to add sweetness and nutrition. Mix in some chia seeds to pump up the iron content of this classic combination.
Chicken, brown rice, & carrot. When your baby can start handling chunky textures, that’s when the fun really begins. This complete meal contains fiber, protein, and vitamin A, which supports eye and immune health. The best part? It’s made with foods that grown-ups want to eat, too.