You guys know that I love Dr. Tanya Altmann. She’s an amazing resource for information all things baby and toddler. I’ve seen her speak six times and have learned something new each time. She’s very approachable and someone I admire very much in this parenting space.
First foods is a very confusing thing. It seems like the rules are always changing. The last time we were learning about first foods was with Pumpkin four years ago. The rules then was starting around 7-8 months and then trying one food at a time for three days to check for allergies. Now the recommendation is to start earlier and make sure to include probiotics. What are probiotics and what can they do for your baby? Probiotics are ‘good bacteria’ that support your baby’s digestive health and immune system. Dr. Tanya Altmann made this information video for us to explain how easy it is to get probiotics into your baby’s diet.
Some tips include making sure baby has “safe dairy” starting at 6 months. Expose your baby to many “foundation” foods as they are getting used to solids. Things like “eggs, prunes, avocados, fish, yogurt, cheese, nut butters, chicken, beans, lentils, berries, citrus fruits, green vegetables, whole grains, and water*.”
*As always, check with our pediatrician before feeding these foundation foods and modify as needed to accommodate any food allergies.
Watch added sugar and make sure to make foods a fun experience. Your little one can start playing with food and trying to feed themselves with their hands. I know we love letting it be messy time and make food a fun event. Hopefully this helped with any questions you have about first foods. Dr. Tanya Altmann will be doing a Facebook live event with Stoneyfield Yogurt May 31 at 12pm PT.