I was nervous about what foods to introduce to my baby first. I exclusively breast fed him for the first six months of his life, and I wanted to ensure that I gave him a nutritious start with solid foods as well.
I decided not to start with rice cereal, because it is empty calories and tends to cause constipation. I decided to start him off with avocado. I mashed it well and added breast milk to loosen the consistency. Avocados contained healthy unsaturated fats, which are proven to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. They also contain dietary fiber and several vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C, K, B6, folate, niacin, and pantothenic acid.
The second food I introduced was sweet potatoes. I baked them and mashed up the insides with some breast milk. Sweet potatoes are very healthy, because they have dietary fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C.
The third food I chose was banana. Bananas are low in fat, and high in fiber. They have potassium, managanese, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. Bananas and sweet potatoes are sweet like breast milk and tend to be palatable for babies.
I came to these choices after researching baby super foods. I did my own research rather than following the consensus of the majority (rice cereal), and I am glad I did. Now at 10 months old, I try to feed my baby mostly fresh fruits, avocado, yogurt and beans. When he is older he will have the opportunity to choose many unhealthy foods, so I want to give him healthy foods now so that he grows up enjoying them.