5 Simple Food Resolutions for a Happy, Healthy Baby

Making the transition from breast milk or formula to solids can be trying for parents. Even babies have some food preferences and, like the rest of us, the foods they prefer aren’t necessarily the ones that are best for them. But the tastes and eating habits they develop now will inform their eating habits down the line, so it’s important to keep plugging away at creating a varied and healthy diet for them now, so they’ll be more likely to eat one later. Here are five food resolutions to make sure your baby begins to develop healthy food habits for a lifetime.

  • Skip the sugar 1 of 5
    Skip the sugar
    For the earliest eaters sweets are best avoided. Instead, offer up foods with natural sugars like bananas. Once bananas are a fave, mix them in with new foods, like plain yogurt, to whet baby's appetite.
    Make 1-ingredient homemade applesauce
    Image: Romain Behar
  • Go whole grain 2 of 5
    Go whole grain
    Baby is going to have plenty of chances to eat refined flours in her life. Give her small stomach a nutritious jump start by offering up whole grains like oats, whole wheat, or barley. For sweetness and texture, try adding finely diced dried fruit.
    Make oatmeal with dried fruit
  • Ditch the juice 3 of 5
    Ditch the juice
    Juice is basically liquid sugar (even if it is natural), so why start the habit? Instead, go for water while baby is young. Once he's among the toddler set, try sticking with water, or offer up diluted juice or nutrient-rich smoothies.
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    Image: Agricultural Research Service
  • Know your organics 4 of 5
    Know your organics
    Tiny bodies are extra sensitive to environmental pollutants, so going with organic baby food is optimal. If an all organic diet is too much, consider organic meats and dairy products, as well as those fruits and vegetables on the dirty dozen list.
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  • Experiment with unexpected foods and flavors 5 of 5
    Experiment with unexpected foods and flavors
    Babies have a natural preference for sweets (breast milk, after all, is very sweet), but baby needs to learn to enjoy a variety of foods and flavors, so resolve to offer up less expected vegetables like asparagus, spinach, and turnips to develop baby's palate. For older babies, try giving them a bit of your dinner (adjusting the texture as needed) to develop a taste for more complex flavor and spice.
    For early finger foods, try sassy sweet potato fries
    Image: Brooke McLay

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