Babies: Nutritional guidelines for babies

Once your baby seems to be getting more and more of his nutrition from solids and less from breastmilk or formula, it becomes important to replace the nutrients they are no longer receiving from those liquids. Food to introduce now should offer some protein and calcium.

Nine to twelve months: Table transition: Baby now has a very precise pincer grasp. He can imitate those around him, he enjoys chewing. He is ready to help feed himself. He eats more protein-rich foods, such as tender, moist cooked lean meats, and chopped egg yolk. By the end of the first year, he should be able to eat most adult foods, assuming they are served at a texture and consistency he can swallow. Just watch for foods that she is allergic to, that may be a choking hazard, like peanuts, popcorn, whole grapes, hot dogs and raw carrots, and foods that are too thick or sticky to swallow, like peanut butter or overly thick cooked cereal. Avoid greasy foods. A good guideline to follow is "plain and simple." A food closest to its natural state is best.

Some babies insist on feeding themselves, in which case you'll need to be clever in picking appropriate finger foods that offers the right variety of nutrients. Remember to choose from all the food groups.

Finger Foods for Balanced Nutrition

The Bread and Cereal Group: teething biscuits, dry, unsweetened cereal without nuts, honey or dried fruit, bagel (stale ones make good teething rings), toast, graham crackers, whole grain crackers, pasta, mini sandwiches filled with cottage cheese and grated apple

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