Food Introduction for Babies

July 12th, 2012

At Vitalia, we work with many parents to optimize nutrition for babies and children. Optimal health for a baby begins with breast milk when possible followed by introduction of solid foods after 6 months of age, keeping highly allergenic foods out of the diet until 1-2 years of age. A baby is usually ready for solid foods when he/she is able to sit up and is able to push food away.

 The baby’s digestive system is developing rapidly in the first year of life. We feel that it is important to introduce one new food at a time and watch for any reactions to the newly introduced food. Here are some common signs of food sensitivities and allergic reactions:

Rash around mouth or anus             Diarrhea or mucus stools

Hyperactivity or lethargy                 Redness of face, cheeks

Runny nose                                             Allergic shiner (black eye)

Infection                                                  Writing backwards

Dyslexia                                                   Skin Reactions

Here is a list of foods that can be selected from to introduce according to the age of your child:

6 months

Mother’s milk

Cherries – pit and wash them

Banana’s

Prunes

Blackberries

Applesauce – blended apples

Grapes – remove seeds and mash

Pears

Blueberries – give frozen while teething

Carrot – cooked and mashed

Sprouts – blend in blender with water

Broccoli – may give gas

Yams

9 months

Papaya

Nectarines

Apples

Mashed Potato

Artichoke

Cabbage

Sweet Potato

String Beans

Peas

Oatmeal

Basmati Rice

Millet

Lima Beans

Split Pea Soup

 12 months

Squash

Asparagus

Avocado

Swiss Chard

Parsnips

Onions

Garlic

Tofu

Brown Rice

Barley

Barley Green

Spirulina

Goats Milk – fresh

Yogurt

Blackstrap molasses – small quantities for anemia

Honey

 18 months

Garbanzo bean flour – for pancakes, muffins

Greens – lettuce, beet greens

Rutabaga

Eggplant

Buckwheat

Rye

Kelp

Tahini

Beans

Lamb

Chicken

21 months

Wheat

Orange

Pineapple

Brewer’s Yeast

Cashew Butter

Almond Butter

Walnuts crushed

Eggs

Beef

Salmon

Turkey

Lentils

2-3 Years

Sunflower seeds

Cottage Cheese

Peanut Butter

Soy – Soy Milk, etc.

Corn

 

 

 

 

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