Has the time arrived to transition your baby into the world of solids? As you start to consult your resources, it becomes vital to remember that every experience is individualized, and patience will be your guide through this procedure. As you start to plan out the next few months, we have put together a list of foods that could positively impact your baby’s brain development and make them really smart:
Yogurt is a famous first food all around the world. It is a nutritious option because it contains calcium, healthy fat and protein. Incorporating healthy fat options into the diet of your baby will assist developing their brain cells as well as offer probiotics.
Creamy, mashed avocado is a popular first food. Avocado is a nutrient-dense fruit with healthy fat, vitamins and minerals. Not only is it nutritious but as the healthy fats contribute to brain cell development but the texture is soft, making it easy to tolerate.
Small soft cheeses are often introduced at multiple points depending on your baby’s readiness because they are lighter in taste along with texture. For example, cottage cheese is also an easy offering because your baby could eat it as a finger food or it could be mixed with a vegetable or fruit.
Offer your baby a whole grain cereal blend, it’s a nutritious option. Whole grain such as oatmeal, quinoa and barley should be pulverized and blended into a fine powder form and boiled with water. Once cooked, mix it accordingly with breast milk, yogurt or a fruit/ vegetable blend.
Upon introduction, the egg yolk is offered first. Eggs yolks are surprisingly nutritious and easy to digest. Egg yolks contain cholesterol which is what comprises the outer lining of brain cells.
Traditional nuts in their butter form are a good source of healthy fat, protein and fat-soluble vitamins. Peanut, cashew and almond butter are all the options to offer your baby when you feel they are all set.
These nutritious fruits contain quercetin, which assists stimulate brain activity. Apples are easy to offer as a first food, and throughout your baby’ transitional food stages.
While these may be hard to offer initially as a single vegetable, they could be used as a blend so they are tolerated better. Because many leafy greens contain nitrates, it is often recommended as a later introduction at perhaps closer to 10 months onwards.
Lentils are available in multiple forms and are an extremely popular offering on the east side of the world. They are especially nutritious because they contain fiber, iron and protein.
Babies’ growing brains needs DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid that is vital to cognitive development. Salmon is an excellent dietary source of DHA. You could mash some cooked, mix into a puree or even create a salmon burger or nuggets if finger foods are accepted.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed/shared in the blog above are personal opinions of the writer. Berrytree recommends you consult with your doctor/pediatrician/family before instinctively following any suggested steps