I have started thinking about how I am going to feed my baby girl. Of course we can plan one thing, and then how life turns out may be totally different. Either way, I wanted to share with you my nutrition plans for when she gets ready to try some food! You can imagine how important it is to a Dietitian to get their kids eating right. ;-P
I am not going to do baby led weaning 100%. I would call my plan a modified baby led weaning. I plan to feed her some purees of vegetables in the beginning so that she gets the good nutrition from those foods, and gets used to those more bitter foods first. My hopes are that this will help create a less picky eater, and a baby who gets used to veggies sooner.
Second, I don’t expect her to eat many foods (if any at all) around 4-5 months. The 4 month list of foods I created is meant as a suggestion if baby happens to be ready, but many babies are not ready to eat at 4 months old. Just in case they are, it is my list of recommendations.
I may not have mentioned every food I will try, but these will be the main ones!
A few words on a few food groups…
It is now recommended to introduce nuts earlier for baby which can help prevent nut allergies. You can thin out nut butters with breast milk/formula or add little bits to a puree.
It is important to introduce iron rich foods around 6 months to make sure baby doesn’t become deficient in iron. There are also legume options for baby as well.
Simply for constipation and constipation prevention.
I plan to delay grain introduction a little so that baby is not used to bland, plain foods and begin to prefer those foods. I want her to get used to a wide variety of flavors, bitter flavors, and textures in hopes to prevent a picky eater.