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1st Foods to Introduce to a Baby

Soft boiled pastured egg yolk, is the best food to be first given to a baby.

Here’s why:

The yolks are very rich in choline, cholesterol, which are very important nutrients for the brain’s growth and development. You should try on holding back the whites, since that is the most allergenic part of the egg. 

You can introduce your child to egg yolks, as soon as 4 months. A good indicator on when to start, is when you see your baby constantly trying to suck on anything and everything. Hold off on the whites, until 1 year. 

Adding a pinch of unrefined salt over the egg yolk, provides great minerals. Salt is critical for digestion as well as brain development. 

6 months-

At this age, pureed meats can be introduced, as well as mashed raw fruits. With the decrease in breast milk that the child is eating, the meat will help provide the essential vitamins, such as iron, zinc, and protein. 

8 months-

Pureed vegetables can be introduced. Carrots, sweet potatoes, and beets, are great veggies to start with. 

Also, if wanted, homemade dairy products could be introduced as well at 8 months. Cottage cheese is a great first starter. 

Grains-

Hold off on grains for at least 1 year. If you’d like to start your child on grains at 1, gluten-free brown rice is the easiest grain to be digested. That is if the rice has been soaked for 24 hours and cooked in a lot of water for a long period of time. 

Formula and cereals should never be introduced.

My baby brother-

He just turned 5 months. My parents started him on soft boiled egg yolks at 4 months, and then fully ripened bananas (mashed), at 4 1/2 months. We can already tell that he loves food!

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Baby Giuseppe and my dad feeding him soft boiled eggs. Sorry for the blurry picture. It was the only one I had. IMG_2228

Some of the info that was used in this article was from The Weston A. Price Foundation.

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5 thoughts on “1st Foods to Introduce to a Baby

  1. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. thats strange… i live in germany and here you normally start with mashed carrots or potatoes after the 4. month and then some mashed meat like chicken or calf. after the 6. month milk and grains porridge and fruits like apple and bananas. eggs never bevore the first birthday and things like nuts or honey never before the second 😉

    • That’s very interesting. I think everyone has their own version on what foods to introduce first, and their own beliefs on the subject. I’m sure Germany doesn’t feed their babies formula as much as American babies, which is great! I also think that the grain/cereals that you guys have, are much healthier and less processed.

  3. Diana Rambles on said:

    So many people start their babies on food so early. I think that has led to food allergies later in life. I didn’t supplement my boys til they were 8 or 9 months old and then I didn’t use jarred food!

    • Yes, that’s why you should never start with grains. I think if you are going to introduce some food earlier to your child, it should be the highest quality, (like pastured eggs and organic vegetables and fruit).

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