10 First Foods for Babies

1. Mashed Chikoo (Sapota)

Chikoo, or sapota, is a sweet fruit that’s rich in dietary energy, fiber, and vitamins like vitamin C and vitamin A. It’s easily digestible and can be mashed to a very smooth consistency, making it an excellent first food for babies. The natural sweetness and creamy texture are generally well-accepted by little ones.

2. Avocado Puree

While not traditionally Indian, avocado is increasingly popular in Indian households for its high nutritional value. It’s a great source of healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals essential for a baby’s development. Avocado can be mashed to a soft, spoonable texture without any cooking, offering a simple and nutritious option for babies starting on solids. Its mild flavour and creamy consistency make it a perfect first food.

3. Mashed Banana

Bananas are a great source of potassium and dietary fibre. They can be easily mashed to a smooth consistency, making them perfect for babies. Choose ripe bananas for a naturally sweet taste.

4. Pureed Carrot

Carrots, steamed until soft and pureed, provide beta-carotene, which is essential for visual development. Start with a smooth puree before moving to mashed textures as your baby gets used to eating.

5. Sweet Potato Puree

Sweet potatoes are highly nutritious, offering vitamins A and C, potassium, and fiber. They can be boiled or roasted and then mashed or pureed to a suitable consistency.

6. Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkin is another nutrient-rich vegetable that can be steamed and pureed. It’s a good source of vitamins A and C and has a naturally sweet flavor that many babies enjoy.

7. Apple Puree

Apples can be peeled, cooked, and pureed to a smooth texture. They offer dietary fibre and vitamin C. Choose sweeter varieties of apples to suit your baby’s palate.

8. Pear Puree

Pears are gentle on the stomach and can be a good option for babies starting solids. They provide vitamins C and K and fiber. Ensure they are ripe and soft before pureeing.

9. Khichdi (Mild)

A simple khichdi made from rice and moong dal is a wholesome meal for babies. Cook it with extra water to achieve a soft, mushy consistency, and avoid strong spices initially. You can use ghee/hing/jeera/rai

10. Ragi Porridge

Ragi (finger millet) is rich in calcium and iron, making it an excellent food for babies. Ragi flour can be cooked with water or milk to make a smooth porridge. Ensure it’s cooled to a safe temperature before feeding.

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