For the first few months of your baby's life, she'll eat nothing but breast milk (preferably!) or formula. Then, somewhere around 6 months it will be time to introduce her to solid foods...very runny solid foods at first...but solid foods nonetheless. Here's how to make sure those first few meals are as green as they can be:
Homemade baby food is the healthiest and most economical way to feed your baby solid foods. Using fresh, local foods and cooking for your baby is so good for your baby because you will know exactly what she is eating, how it was prepared, and when it was prepared. Keep it simple. Opt for easy cooking techniques like steaming and baking that preserve the foods natural nutrients. And remember that your baby’s taste buds are very sensitive, so it’s unnecessary to add butter, salt, sugar, or other spices to flavor his foods. After your baby’s food is cooked, you can puree it with a blender, food processor, or hand-cranked food mill. Add a little breast milk or formula to get the food to the desired consistency. Talk with your baby's health care provider about the best first foods to try. Avocado, sweet potato, and bananas are popular first food choices.
Look for the seal
Commercially prepared baby foods do come in handy, especially when you're on the go. When you do buy prepared foods, remember to look for brands that are free of added flavors, salt, sugars, and preservatives. Earth’s Best and Gerber both make organic baby foods that are made with ingredients that are free of pesticides and genetically modified ingredients. Both carry the USDA organic seal.
Introduce foods to you baby slowly (one at a time for several days) to make sure she's not allergic. And while you want to expose your baby to a wide range of foods during her first year, there are a number of foods that you should avoid until your baby’s first birthday. Stay away from honey, cow's milk, egg whites, citrus fruit and juices, nuts (especially peanuts), fish, shellfish, sesame seeds, and any unpasteurized foods.
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