Introducing Solids to Your Baby - 8 Popular Food Choices

Updated: Mar 15


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At 4-6 months old, babies usually start displaying behavior showing that they are ready to step into the world of solids, and planning for this journey can be as exciting for the mums as it is for the babies.


Preparing to start introducing new tastes to your little one? Here is our list of 8 recommended mum favorites for baby first foods (not in order):


Pumpkin

More than just a Halloween display, pumpkins are also are filled with essential vitamins and nutrients your child needs to grow.


Pumpkins are iron-rich and also great for vision and eye development with their high vitamin A levels. They also contain healthy amounts of calcium and magnesium which are good for bone and muscle development.


Note: While cooked pumpkin is safe for babies, pumpkin seeds can be a choking hazard. Make sure to remove all the seeds before serving.



Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a good source of most B vitamins as well as other key nutrients such as copper, zinc, and potassium.


They are also a good non-animal source of vitamin D. Some common types of edible mushrooms are white button mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, abalone mushrooms, portobello mushrooms, and shimeiji mushrooms.


Note: Mushrooms, especially their round stems, can pose a choking hazard to babies. Steer clear of the stems when feeding your baby to reduce the risk of choking.



Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes boast an array of nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and B6 making them wonderful for your growing baby.


They are also rich in beta-carotene, potassium, and magnesium - all of which help improve the health and development of your baby.


Broccoli

Brocolli is an awesome vegetable well known for being a superfood. Broccoli not only contain a large array of vitamins (vitamins A, C, E, K, and Folate), they also contain calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and a whole range of other minerals and antioxidants.


Eggs

Eggs are rich in healthy cholesterol and also choline, an essential nutrient with many benefits such as physical health in addition to brain and memory development.


They are also a great source of calcium and Vitamin D for strong bones and teeth.


Note: Avoid serving raw or undercooked eggs which may lead to salmonella food poisoning. It is also safer to use pasteurized eggs that have undergone a precision-pasteurization process to kill off any Salmonella and Bird Flu virus that may be present in and outside of the eggs.


As of writing, Egg Story eggs are the only pasteurized shell eggs produced in Singapore.


**Eggs are one of the common allergens among babies. It is advised to start off with a small portion while watching carefully for signs of allergy or sensitivity.


Banana

Bananas are a regular hit among our little gourmets with their sweet taste and creamy texture. Nutrition-wise, bananas are packed with calcium, magnesium, zinc, and vitamins A, B6, B12, fiber, and folate, making them a healthy and popular choice for mums when introducing new foods to their babies.


Avocado

Avocados are high in nutrition, containing vitamins like B, K, C, E, and minerals like potassium, phosphorus, and selenium.


They are also a wonderful source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which are considered “healthy fats”, making them an excellent choice of menu for your growing baby.


Salmon

When introducing fish to a baby, mums must take note to avoid fish high in mercury content such as Shark, King Mackerel, and Seabass (Chilean). Salmon is therefore one of the safer options for your little ones, having one of the lowest mercury levels among fishes.


Not only that, Salmon is also filled with nutrients such as vitamin D, iron, calcium, and omega-3 to help promote healthy growth and build immunity.


Note: It is advised not to feed raw or undercooked fish to your babies as it may not be safe for them.


**Salmon is one of the common allergens among babies. It is advised to start off with a small portion while watching carefully for signs of allergy or sensitivity.


While most foods are okay for babies to try out, there are some foods you should avoid feeding your baby.


Also, it is advised to introduce one new food at a time and to stick with the same menu for 3-4 days before switching to help with pinpointing allergies.


Now it’s time to get your baby safely strapped into the high chair and bib, and let the tasting games begin!


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