Has your babies’ little tooth started erupting? Are you worried about what it can chew that would also provide the required nutrition? Experts recommend introducing solid foods to babies around 4-6 months of age. Introducing solid foods has a lot of benefits- it improves baby’s coordination skills and encourages self-feeding. But remember to choose soft items that can be squashed between two fingers. Avoid anything that could lead to choking. Check this curated list of best foods that you can feed babies without teeth:
Bananas: Banana is the most popular food for babies without teeth because of it’s smooth and velvety texture. It is rich in potassium and omega-3 fatty acids. Choose a ripe banana, feed it as it is or in a small bowl mash it.
Carrots: Carrots are the powerhouse of nutrition and babies love it for the sweet taste and attractive colour. Slice long part of the carrot, boil it for a minute or two until it turns soft and hand it over to your baby.
Beetroot: Just like carrots, steam a piece of beetroot mash it and feed it to the baby. Remember, beetroot is rich in nitrates that are hard to digest. So limit the quantity to 1-2 tablespoons.
Berries: Feeding blueberries, strawberries and cherries to babies in moderation provides anti-oxidants, minerals like zinc, potassium, phosphorus, vitamins A, E, K, and healthy sugars.
Potatoes: Both potatoes and sweet potatoes can be fed to babies. They have plenty of protein, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Boil a medium-sized potato or sweet potato, peel the skin, mash it and feed it to the baby.
Pasta: Pasta can be introduced around months five to six. Take a half handful penne, macaroni or mini shells, boil them. Overcook them and feed it to the baby.
Idli : Idli is easy to digest and is a good source of proteins, amino acids and essential fatty acids that contribute to babies brain development.
Steamed Dosa :Just like idlis, dosa provides the same nutrition. Just ensure to use a homemade batter. You can dip the piece of dosa into the water to make it softer.
Eggs : Eggs are high in protein and your baby would love it. You can make scrambled eggs, a puree, hard-boil or mix it with water.
While these are just a few foods, you can always consult the doctor and experiment with different foods & recipes. Introduction to new foods is a good way to get the baby used to different types of tastes and textures.
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