Solid Baby Food Ideas

Baby doesn't seem to want that jarred food anymore, what do you feed her? Some good choices for solid food baby.

Somewhere between the ages of seven months and one year, your baby is going to decide that jarred food is now beneath her. Baby's get a sudden burst of independence where they want to feed themselves and will turn their nose up at anything coming towards their mouths on a spoon. Of course, baby needs to eat, so what can you feed her? There are many foods that can be cut into manageable pieces so that baby can feed herself, give you peace of mind that she's getting proper nourishment, and save you money when you no longer have to purchase expensive jar food.

Mandarin oranges are a delicious source of Vitamin A and C, they are inexpensive and soft enough for baby to gum. Take the orange segments out of the can and break them in half or thirds to make them the perfect size for baby to eat. Alternately in the fruit department, canned peaches are also soft enough for babies to eat. Pears tend to be too hard. When you are buying canned fruit, be sure to choose those packed in natural juice and not the sugary syrup that baby just doesn't need. Bananas can be a good choice as well, in fact"┬Žif baby is teething, a frozen banana can bring relief and nourishment at the same time. When the bananas are frozen, they will be less likely to break off into large chunks. Ocean Spray has many varieties of dried fruits sold in zip-lock packages now that are soft enough for little beginners as well, including plums, apricots and cranberries. Always check the nutrition information on the package when buying fruits for baby to make sure they aren't just empty calories.

For protein, chicken nuggets cut into bite sized cubes are manageable but be sure to buy a good brand or make your own fresh as many chicken nuggets are made from the less desirable cuts of chicken and overly processed. Cheese is also an excellent source of protein and can be cut into small cubes for baby, some good ones are cheddar, Colby and American if you can get it in a block. Velveeta cheese is also very soft and melts in your baby's mouth, though it is a bit pricey. If you can still get the spoon to your baby's mouth, try yogurt. Yogurt comes in so many varieties now that your baby may let you spoon it in simply because it tastes so good and it is a great source of protein and calcium.

In the carbohydrate department, some good choices are cubes of bread or pasta such as ziti or rigatoni, cut into smaller pieces. Go easy on the tomato sauce if you use it on pasta, sauces could cause upset tummies if introduced too young because of the high acidity of tomatoes. Frozen waffles are easy to keep on hand and excellent for breakfast, cut up into cubes or if baby is teething, you might want to give her a frozen one to gnaw on since the waffles are fully cooked before they are frozen.

Canned vegetables are great for babies as they are usually softer than fresh or frozen. Peas, cooked carrots, green beans and corn are all excellent picks. Broccoli should be cooked until it is soft and cut into small pieces. Babies love to chew on French fries and they can be made with sweet potatoes for added vitamins.

Hot dogs and peanut butter are usually not recommended for young children as they pose a choking hazard. You should try and make the pieces of food small enough that the baby can swallow them without chewing, as this will most likely take place more often than not. Use foods that are soft enough to gum and keep track of your nutrition information and soon baby will be doing it all by herself!

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