Fruits or Vegetables
About two weeks ago I posted a guideline what fruits you can introduce to your baby after 6, and 12 months. Maybe some of you were thinking why I didn’t start from vegetables? It wasn’t coincidence 🙂 Some people were saying if the baby will start from fruits will dislike vegetables. Is it true? Not really.
For most babies, it doesn’t matter what the first solid foods are. There is no medical evidence that introducing solid foods in any particular order has an advantage for your baby. Although many pediatricians will recommend starting vegetables before fruits, there is no evidence that your baby will develop a dislike for vegetables if the fruit is given first. Babies are born with a preference for sweets, and the order of introducing foods does not change this. But you need to remember that you can’t introduce some fruits earlier than 6 months or 9 months.
So here you are my personal guideline for you 🙂
Vegetables after 6 months
Broccoli– Broccoli is very high in Vitamin C and is a great source of soluble fiber.
Green peas– are very high in calcium, n vitamin K and vitamin C. can help you prevent a number of different conditions, including Alzheimer’s, atherosclerosis, diabetic heart disease, colon cancer, asthma, arthritis, acne, ear infections, and maybe even colds and flu.
Cauliflower– If your baby has had any digestive issues, it would be best to introduce cauliflower into the diet later rather than sooner because it may cause gas. Although cauliflower is packed full of phytochemicals which are said to help prevent cancer.
Corn– Corn contains a good amount of protein and carbohydrate plus it can be a good finger food.
Pumpkin– They are highly loaded with Vitamin A and beta carotene. Also, pumpkins are good sources of potassium, protein, and iron.
Carrots– They are easy to digest and are packed full of nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Calcium. Also, Carrots are very high in beta carotene.
Sweet potato– are high in Vitamin A and beta carotene as well as potassium. Also, contain a good amount of Vitamin E, calcium and folate.
After 9 months
Onion- is an excellent source of antioxidants. Onions are packed with polyphenols and Vitamin C
Spinach– is a really good source of Calcium. Alo, contain good amounts of Vitamin A, Iron and Selenium too.
Cucumber– is a good source of Vitamin C, A., calcium and potassium.
Tomatoes– are amazing sources of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Although, he acidity of tomatoes may cause some discomforts in baby’s tummy.
After 12 months
On this time of your baby’s life, he is ready to try almost every kind of food. Obviously, we need to remember to avoid sugar, salt, preservatives and etc. Your baby is not anymore a little infant but he still needs a balanced diet.
It’s only my guidance for you so don’t worry if you’ve started introducing tomatoes to your baby before he finished 9 months. Sometimes you need to follow your intuition. If you see that your baby is perfectly fine after he ate new food it’s OK to continue with it.