Starting Baby on Solids: 6 Perfect Foods to Try

Adriana Velez | Dec 2, 2013 Baby

poiYou could shell out money a the grocery store on baby food from a jar. Or! You could feed your baby poi. Feed my baby what?!? Poi! You know, pounded taro root dish popular in Hawaii. It's kind of a purple-ish grey, has the texture of pudding, and has kind of a bland taste. The National Institute of Health thinks it might be the perfect baby food. Curious about why? Here's why poi and these other "grownup" foods make the perfect ready-made baby foods.

  • Poi

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    Poi is easy to digest and loaded with calicum, iron, and probiotics. It's also high in calories -- a good thing for babies. And it seems like a promising source of nutrition for babies with allergies.

  • Hummus

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    Hummus is a great source of protein from both chick peas and sesame seeds. If you don't make your own hummus, try to buy the least-processed, freshest you can (with the fewest ingredients).

  • Yogurt

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    Babies love yogurt -- and this is the perfect time to introduce plain yogurt before your child starts craving sugary flavored yogurt. Or, if your baby doesn't like plain, you can try yogurt flavored with fruit your baby has already tried and likes. You can introduce yogurt at around 6 months as long as your baby hasn't shown any food allergies. And be sure and give your baby the full-fat variety.

     

  • Avocado

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    At least two of us Stir staffers say we fed our babies mashed avocado. Pick up extra-ripe fruit, just like you would to make guacamole, and simply mash with the back of a spoon. Avocado is a great source of protein, healthy fats, and catenoids like Vitamin A and beta carotene.

  • Bananas

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    Bananas are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, potassium, and maganese. Their natural sweetness makes them appealing for babies, and they're easy to mush before feeding.

  • Oatmeal

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    You don't have to buy separate hot cereal for you baby. Oatmeal is a great way for babies and parents to start their day. Cook the oatmeal plain, first. Then add just a little bit of pureed fruit, honey or maple syrup to your baby's cereal.

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