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20 Foods Your Baby Can Have Without Teeth

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Baby foods
Introducing your baby to solid food is not as tricky as it may seem. During their teething period a baby’s gums are strong enough to chew soft food and hence this is a good time to start feeding your baby semi solid food. It goes without saying that your baby’s diet must be nutritious and healthy. During this stage, a baby is comparatively more active than she was and needs additional strength. Hence make sure your baby’s diet includes fresh fruits and vegetables and steer clear of processed food and empty calories. Also, make sure the food you serve is neither too hot nor chilled. The best temperature to serve boiled or steamed vegetables would be lukewarm. If you are feeding your baby fruits or something which has been in the refrigerator make sure you first bring it to room temperature and then serve. Serving food too hot can scald the baby’s sensitive tongue and food that is chilled can give the baby cold.

How To Make Feeding Easier For Your Baby

  1. Invest in fancy utensils: Babies are attracted to bright colors and bold prints. Use this to your advantage and invest in some colorful plates and spoons. Fancy cutlery will help to hold your baby’s attention and get him to look forward to his meals
  2. Play with colors: Like mentioned earlier children begin to understand and respond to colors at an early stage. So make sure you incorporate variety of colors and textures in their meals
  3. Be patient: It is likely that the baby might not eat semi solid food initially; the important thing to remember is not to force the child. You want to formulate the habit of eating and it is a big milestone for a baby especially considering the fact that the baby is in the teething stage. Hence be patient and make gradual changes in the eating patterns so that it’s easy for the child to adapt

Baby starting solids

20 Foods Your Baby Can Have Without Teeth

Most mothers often get confused as to what to feed their baby. To make things easier, below are 20 foods that you can feed your baby:

    1. Potatoes: Potatoes are a universal favorite of babies. You can boil the potatoes, smash them and feed them to the baby while they are slightly warm. Potatoes are rich in vitamin B6, vitamin B3 and vitamin C. They are also a great source of potassium
    2. Bananas: Smash a medium size ripe banana in a bowl with the help of a spoon and feed it to the baby. A ripe banana is easy to swallow and is healthy as well. Bananas are a natural source of fiber, potassium and iron. Avoid feeding bananas if the child has cold
    3. Avocados: Avocados are rich in potassium and vitamins. Pick a ripe avocado and smash half of it in a bowl. You can feed it directly to the baby or you could add some banana or boiled eggs to the mixture and squash it further and feed it to the baby
    4. Porridge: Another healthy option would be to serve porridge. You could whip up some porridge with Ragi and a fruit of your choice or you could even make oats porridge for your baby. Remember to opt for grains and vegetables that are not too hard and easily digestible
    5. Khichdi: One of the most nutritious and fail safe food is khichdi. Khichdi made with rice and dal is rich in proteins and carbohydrates. It is soft enough for the baby to chew and easily digestible as well
    6. Tofu: Tofu is a rich source of protein. You can smash few cubes on tofu in a bowl and serve it to the baby as it is or you can even add a steamed or boiled vegetable of your choice to the mixture
    7. Apples: It is a known fact that kids love apples but since your baby doesn’t have teeth it could get a little difficult for him to chew the apple. Instead of feeding the apple as is to the baby you can whip up some apple stew or mash the apple with same bananas and feed your child

Mashed baby food

    1. Chicken: Chicken is packed with proteins. You can boil a few pieces of chicken and feed it to your baby with mashed potatoes or mince the meat and feed it with mashed vegetables. Make sure the chicken is cooked well and is soft and tender
    2. Vegetable puree: One of the best way to incorporate a lot of vegetables in your baby’s diet is by feeding your baby vegetable puree. You can puree boiled tomatoes, peas, carrots, beans and many other vegetables in a blender and feed it to your baby as it is
    3. Carrots: Carrots are fibrous and ensure smooth bowl movement. Also they are rich in antioxidants. You can either boil or steam few pieces of carrots feed them slightly warm to the baby or you could puree them with some peas, either way the baby is going to love it
    4. Broccoli: Broccoli is known for its health benefits. Feeding broccoli to your baby at an early age can be a good practice. You can serve it to the baby in different forms be it steamed, boiled or even pureed

Brocolli puree

    1. Chapatti / flat bread: Chapattis made of wheat are rich in potassium, magnesium, copper, iodine and many other minerals. Break a small chapattis into into pieces and let the pieces soak in lukewarm milk for a few minutes. When the chapatti has softened you can feed it to the baby
    2. Watermelon: Watermelons are packed with nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Vitamin B6. Since watermelon is quiet soft you can feed it directly to the baby just make sure you remove all the seeds and cut it in very tiny pieces
    3. Mango: If mango is in the season, don’t hesitate to feed some to your baby. You can cut a ripe mango in tiny pieces and feed it to the baby or make some mango pulp. Since mango is not very cooling make sure you feed it to the baby in a small quantity
    4. Beetroot: Beetroot has many nutritional benefits and it can be a wholesome meal for your baby. Boil or steam a beetroot and then make very tiny pieces of it. Feed it to the baby while it is still slightly warm
    5. Cauliflower: It is a great source of Vitamin C, folate and omega acids. You can steam or boil the cauliflower and feed it to the baby. Make sure you clean it well and wash it thoroughly before cooking it
    6. Sweet potatoes: Packed with Vitamin A, copper, potassium and dietary fiber, sweet potato can be a wholesome meal for your baby. Since it is relatively softer it becomes easier for the baby to chew as well
    7. Hard Boiled Eggs: Eggs are a good source of Vitamin D, B2, B6 and 12. Mash some boiled eggs in a bowl and feed it to the baby. Make sure you do not leave big solid chunks in the bowl, it good be a choking hazard if you do not smash it well. You also need to watch out for any allergic reactions as eggs are top allergens. When should eggs be introduced to the baby?

Scrambled eggs

  1. Vegetable Stew: Vegetable stews are a great way to incorporate the goodness of many vegetables in your baby’s diet. You can make a stew by boiling vegetables of your choice in a saucepan and cooking it till it becomes extremely soft. Do not add salt or spices to the mixture since it is meant for your baby
  2. Meat Stew: You could even make a meat stew for your baby if you are a non vegetarian. Add some ground chicken or fish meat to the vegetable stew and cook it well. Avoid red mead since it can get a little difficult to digest. When is the right time to introduce meat to your baby?
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