Baby’s Health: 8 Important Nutrients and their Sources

When it comes to a healthy and complete mental and physical development of a baby, the importance of good food cannot be ever stressed on enough. Be it the baby at an early stage of development, as a toddler or even as a pre-teen, the right kind of food which has enough nutrients and minerals will make muscles strong, strengthen the immunity system to fight against all types of infections and diseases and so on.

In fact, physicians and doctors believe that a good and healthy diet is the key to prolonging an individual’s lifespan. However, it must be kept in mind that babies should not be introduced to “proper” food before the age of 4 months because there is always going to be a choking hazard. Don’t worry, up until that age, the mother’s breast milk will provide the baby with all of the nutrients, vitamins and essential antibodies that the baby requires.

Since all babies develop at different speeds both mentally and physically, it is for the best to ask your pediatrician before introducing solid foods into your baby’s diet and specifically which foods you should introduce. Nonetheless, below is a list of all the super baby foods that are generally recommended by pediatricians.

Mandarin Oranges

Essentially, any type of orange or lemons are high sources of Vitamin C. However, limes and lemons can cause acidity in your babies since their digestive systems are not completely developed. Mandarin oranges are a better alternative because their taste is not as sharp and intense, and babies love them. They are highly rich in essential antioxidants and vitamin C. They are soft, and when cut into fresh, tiny pieces, are very easy to consume with o choking hazards whatsoever.

Bananas

A single banana is a rich source of not only potassium, but they have enough carbohydrates to give your baby the energy that he or she needs throughout the day, and they also happen to be a good source of fiber. Also, they are incredibly easy for your baby’s system to digest. The best way to feed your baby bananas is to take a ripe one and mash it thoroughly. The advantage of bananas is that you can carry them anywhere with you.

Yogurt

Plain unflavored yogurt is a good source of calcium, protein and Vitamin D, which essentially contributes to the development of the baby’s bones, brains, and muscles. The live culture of bacteria in the yogurt is incredibly good for the baby’s digestive system and the soft texture of yogurt makes it very easy to swallow and digest. It is a better alternative to cow’s milk because the lactose is already broken down.

Sweet potatoes

Apart from the fact that sweet potatoes are incredibly tasty, they are a very good source of beta-carotene, which when consumed, is converted to vitamin A in the digestive tract. Vitamin A, in turn, promotes the development of healthy skin and boosts the immune system to fight against an array of infections during the early stages of baby’s development.

Avocados

Fresh and ripe avocados are one of the best foods that you can include in your baby’s diet. They are high in monounsaturated fat, which is essential in preventing heart conditions in the future. Also, they are stomach filling food, that is, they can make your babies feel full for hours at an end. A good idea is to wash; peel and mash tiny avocado pieces and either feeds them directly or mix them into your baby’s formula or breast milk.

Eggs

Everybody loves eggs. More and more pediatricians are asking parents to incorporate eggs into the diet of their young ones because they are packed with essential elements needed for the baby’s development. For instance, the egg white consists of a protein which helps strengthen muscles, while the yolks contain high levels of zinc and vitamins A, D, E, and B12 as well as choline which has been closely associated with the healthy and early development of brain and heart in human individuals. Traditionally, they should not be served to your baby before he or she is at least nine months old.

Iron-rich baby cereals

Essentially all babies are born with a supply of iron on their own. However, the iron content starts to run out when the baby is around 5 to 6 months old. Unfortunately, mother’s milk does not contain iron either. Pediatricians suggest making your baby eat iron-rich cereals when they start consuming solid food.

Squash

Squashes are extremely soft and their taste appeals to babies because they are sweet. They also happen to be extremely rich in vitamins A and C content. Since they are soft, you can directly cut them up into tiny pieces and feed them to your baby.

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