This baby food chart makes it quick and easy to determine the best foods for baby at each stage.
Please note that it is important to discuss the introduction of all new foods with your pediatrician, as he or she will be acquainted with your family’s medical history and will be able to advise you if certain foods are not appropriate for your child.
Notes about our baby food chart
Guidelines issued by the AAP in 2008 stated that…
“…Although solid foods should not be introduced before 4 to 6 months of age, there is no current convincing evidence that delaying their introduction beyond this period has a significant protective effect on the development of atopic disease regardless of whether infants are fed cow milk protein formula or human milk. This includes delaying the introduction of foods that are considered to be highly allergic, such as fish, eggs, and foods containing peanut protein.”
This meant that a much wider range of foods could be introduced at 6 months than previously recommended.
Further research and publications suggest that delaying highly allergic foods – such as wheat and eggs – might even INCREASE the risk of food allergy.
Despite this, some foods on our chart are marked as being appropriate for babies of 8 months or even later!
This is because these tend to be foods that some parents find cause digestive issues such as gas (or wind), or may be a little too acidic for younger babies.
In order to keep this baby food chart easy to read, we haven’t added too many details…
…but you can easily learn more about each food listed by clicking on the ‘Baby Food Recipes and Tips’ button in the navigation menu (to the left of this page). You’ll find the answers to all your questions about each food listed, along with lots of yummy recipes!
NOTE: Since this chart was produced, the guidelines for introducing peanuts have been amended. Please see this page for more information
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A Guide to Introducing Solids
A complete guide for baby food beginners, including extra information for breastfeeding moms, parents of preemies and those dealing with infant reflux. This section offers tips about exactly HOW to get started with baby’s first foods, with advice for the best type of spoon to use, the best time of day to get started and the best type of food to offer for that very first taste of solids!
Feeding Your 6 to 9 Month Baby
This section looks at the different food groups your baby can enjoy at this stage, with links to pages offering recipes and in-depth information for a wide range of nutritious ingredients. You’ll also find advice about introducing texture, offering a sippy cup and more!
Feeding Your 10 to 12 Month Baby
10 months seems to be around the time when some babies tend to become a little picky about what they eat and may start to refuse foods they’ve previously enjoyed. In addition to a range of age-appropriate baby food recipes, this section offers advice about how to deal with common baby feeding problems.
Baby Led Weaning
If you’ve decided to pass on the purees, here’s your guide to allowing baby to feed himself. This section aims to answer all your baby led weaning questions and includes links to pages with simple but tasty baby led weaning recipes
This part of our site looks at how and when to introduce finger foods to your baby. You’ll find links to lots of finger food recipe suggestions using the ingredients that appear on the baby food chart, helping you provide a varied menu for your little self-feeder.
Does your baby gag when you feed him? Does he refuse to eat anything lumpy? Find out WHY this happens and how and when to adjust the texture of your baby’s food.
Dealing With Constipation
Constipation is a common problem when solids are introduced – here are some natural remedies and a guide to which foods on the baby food chart can help… and which ones may make the problem worse.
Dealing With Diarrhea
Feeding a baby who’s just suffered a bout of diarrhea can be nerve wracking. This page suggests which foods from the baby food chart are the most helpful in preventing any further problems.
Baby Food Allergies
Our main baby food allergy page, helping you prevent and identify reactions to certain foods. This page includes links to pages offering specific allergy information for a range of ingredients.
If your child has been diagnosed with GP6D Deficiency, you may be unsure about which foods to avoid when introducing solids. This page lists the main ‘triggers’ of the condition and provides links to helpful resources.
Baby Food Preparation and Storage
Everything you need to know about preparing and storing homemade food for your baby, from how to safely refrigerate or freeze your creations to the best types of baby food storage containers to use.
Complete List of Baby Food Articles
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If you’ve been to enough baby showers, you may have played the baby food guessing game, in which you sample various baby foods (labels obscured) and try to identify what’s in them – peas? pears? spinach? But some people are purposely eating entire jarfuls, not to win a shower prize but to get a Hollywood figure.
The Baby Food Diet, an Internet phenomenon rumored to have been started by celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson, is a gimmick for cutting calories and controlling portions. It involves replacing one or two meals or snacks a day with baby food — jars of which range in calories from about 20 to 100.
This is not a weight loss diet, but a maintenance plan to help you keep off pounds you’ve already shed.
The rules, which aren’t published anywhere official, vary. One version calls for eating 14 jars of baby food during the day and a real dinner in the evening.
It’s not hard to see why a person might lose weight by replacing adult-size meals with a few small jars of bananas or peas. And because many people find it difficult to eat more than a few spoonfuls, portion control is probably not a major issue.
What You Can Eat and What You Can’t
All flavors of baby food seem to be fair game, which means your meals can consist of pureed fruits, vegetables, and a few meats, such as turkey, chicken, and beef, with “gravy.”
People who’ve tried it say many of the flavors take getting used to as an adult, and you may need to do some expensive, and possibly unpleasant, trial and error to figure out which ones you can stomach, figuratively and literally. Some say the readily digested fare speeds through their system.
Level of Effort: High
Giving up regular food and chewing takes commitment.
Limitations: You’re limited by what baby foods are available. If you’re looking for baby food pizza or hamburgers, they don’t exist.
Cooking and shopping: You’ll be stocking up on a lot of baby food, and doing less cooking, if you follow this diet.
In-person meetings: No.
Exercise: Not required.
Does It Allow for Restrictions or Preferences?
Vegetarians and vegans: Since most baby food is made from fruits or vegetables, it’s not difficult to eat vegetarian or vegan on this diet. But plant sources of protein, like beans and soy products, aren’t typically found in baby food products.
Gluten-free: Most fruit and vegetable baby food products should be free of gluten, but check labels. Some other baby food products, including cereals and meat-based “dinners,” contain wheat.
What Else You Should Know
Replacing meals with baby food could result in nutritional imbalances and getting very few calories. And because protein, fiber, and the act of chewing food help you feel full, you may find your stomach grumbling after a “meal” on this diet, depending which foods you choose and how much you eat.
Keep in mind that the right way to lose weight and keep it off is to find a healthy eating plan you can live with for life, and get some regular exercise.
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, when trying any new diet, you should ask yourself, “Can I picture myself eating this way forever?” If the answer is “no,” you’re looking at a short-term fix at best, not a long-term solution.
Cost: Calorie for calorie, baby food is not especially cheap. A jar will cost you in the neighborhood of a dollar or more, and if you’re eating 16 jars a day, the cost will add up fast.
Support: This is a diet you do on your own.
What Dr. Melinda Ratini Says:
Does It Work?
The Baby Food Diet is a fad diet that may help you lose weight for the short term. Substituting several jars of baby food for standard meals will likely lower the amount of calories you eat by sheer portion control and tastebud boredom. But just like a baby, it won’t be long before you outgrow this diet and start to gain weight.
Is It Good for Certain Conditions?
Gerber, a leader in prepared baby foods, states on its web site that its baby foods meet the American Heart Association’s (AHA) sodium recommendations for a 1- to 3-year-old child: less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium a day. This is the same amount that the AHA recommends for adults, as well. But that assumes you are only going to be eating the amount of baby food that a baby would eat in a day. If you are going to be eating more than that and adding an adult meal or two a day, you will need to be reading labels closely to make sure you do not go over your limit of salt, especially if you have high blood pressure or heart disease.
If you have heart disease or high cholesterol, the baby food diet may help decrease the fat in your diet. This is because you are bound to fill up on the pureed fruits and vegetables rather than on the less tasty meats. You will have to make sure that you are getting enough protein and other nutrients in your “adult” meal each day.
The nutrition guidelines of the American Diabetes Association state that all diets should be pleasurable and practical. An eating plan should help you make healthy food choices. The Baby Food Diet falls short in both of these respects.
Any weight loss will help decrease your chances of getting diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. But there are healthier and tastier ways to shed the pounds. And exercise should be part of the plan, as well.
The Final Word
The Baby Food Diet may be an option if you are just trying to kick-start some weight loss. Your actual food prep is minimal unless you choose to puree your own baby food. All you need to do is pick out jars of baby food at the store. They are easy to pack for lunches. And many versions of the diet allow you total freedom for a daily “adult” meal.
But unless you do make some of your own baby food, your choices will be pretty slim. You are also likely to find out that a lot of the enjoyment of eating involves not only taste but texture. Your stomach is liable to feel pretty empty, making it tough to resist temptation. Costs may add up quickly, too, depending on how many jars a day you will be eating. And all that individual packaging doesn’t do much good for the environment, either.
It would be far better to look into another eating plan that you can stick with and not quickly grow out of. And while you are at it, look for one that involves some age-appropriate exercise, as well.
While baby was in utero, he was fed through the umbilical cord. The first months after birth the child begins to form its own digestive system that is very sensitive. In this period the development of muscles, glands of digestion, we have the internal microflora. Therefore, diet for nursing mothers is of great importance, because the diet depends on the composition of breast milk. Incorrectly chosen products may cause allergic child, goiter and other problems.
What should be the proper nutrition nursing mothers in the first months
Diet feeding mum should consist of wholesome food, to include all major product groups. It is important to balance the components in breast milk not formed some substances which can negatively affect the health of the little fragile body. Menu young women during lactation must be present:
- bakery products;
- vegetable fats.
Garlic, cabbage, asparagus change the taste of breast milk, for this reason, the child may stop to breastfeed. Sweet fruits (e.g., grapes) cause disturbance of the digestive tract (due to fermentation in the gut). Certain food triggers in infants, bloating, colic, diathesis. Therefore, nursing mothers should abandon:
- citrus fruits;
- sausage products;
When feeding breast milk, mothers have to consider the fact that a weak child’s body can cause harm (trigger a backlash) corrosive substances. Therefore, pediatricians recommend first of all to exclude from the daily diet for possible allergens. This is especially important until the third month of the baby’s life. If you have allergies, a child may develop:
- atopic dermatitis;
- loose stools;
- swelling in the Airways.
More than half of babies are sensitive to chicken eggs and cow’s milk protein. However, these products have a high nutritional value, so completely to exclude them from the diet is unwise. To reduce the risk of reaction, it is necessary to apply heat treatment before use. In addition, it is recommended to exclude:
- tropical fruits;
- nourishing meat broths.
Diet for weight loss
Pregnancy and childbirth often involve a loss of form, so the question of whether we can lose weight nursing mother, it is highly relevant. Any diet (for example, the famous Pierre Dukan) is not suitable, because the most important during this period to eat and not to harm the baby. Nutritionists recommend to forget about the limitations at this important time for the baby. How to lose weight nursing mother without harming the child? To reduce the consumption of fat, flour, sweet. Eating a balanced diet women should lose weight easily (breastfeeding gives the baby a lot of nutrients).
Diet for weight loss for nursing moms (tips):
- Half of all food – cereals, fruits, vegetables.
- Choose recipes for cooking steamed, baking, cooking.
- You can fry without adding oil.
- To exclude the quick snacks harmful meals.
How to eat with a colic baby
Especially carefully it is necessary to devise a diet for nursing mothers with the appearance of colic in the baby. To limit the suffering of crumbs, should be excluded from the menu foods that cause gas and bloating. Eat vegetables in large quantities, but not raw, and roasted or boiled. For example, should abandon fresh tomatoes, cabbage, whole milk, legumes. Meat is important to eat on a daily basis, but excluding fatty pork. It is useful to eat cottage cheese, low-fat cottage cheese, porridges on the water.
Table with diet feeding mum for months
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the transition to a full diet given the constraints.
Video about diet when breastfeeding
Postpartum diet for breastfeeding mothers, especially if the surgery was performed cesarean section, should contribute to the restoration of the woman’s body and allow the baby to get all the important substances. When the diathesis and the disorder in the child’s diet should be to remove the faulty products. Properly balanced diet helps to actively develop the baby and lose the extra pounds young mother. In detail you’ll find out after watching the video below.
How to lose weight after childbirth nursing mother
Dr. Komorowski about diet in HS