While the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding until your child is the age of 6 months for optimal development, at some point around then your baby will likely start gravitating towards solid foods and want to cut their teeth (literally).
There are two camps when it comes to introducing babies to solid foods, such as baby-led weaning (which is letting your infant feed themself solid foods from your plate), and puree (which is basically mush and helps ease babies toward more challenging textures). Here are 7 table foods that are relatively safe and healthy for junior to try. Remember to supervise your baby at all times during feeding and consult a pediatrician if you’re not sure about their diet.
1. Baby Carrots
Carrots offer a significant array of vitamins including Vitamin C, B6, Iron, and Vitamin A, the latter giving carrots their reputation for maintaining eye health. Baby carrots are relatively easy to infants to handle, if they are cooked to a consistency that allows you to easily break them apart with your finger.
While you don’t have to mash the carrots into little bits, it’s wise to make sure the portions are small enough so they don’t pose a choking hazard. That could mean cutting the carrots into smaller sections, and placing them on the baby’s highchair a few at a time so they don’t get overwhelmed.