We started our first baby on rice cereal at 6 months and he was eating other grains (like Cheerios) before the age of one.
Our approach to baby food is different for our third baby. We are keeping her grain-free until after she turns one. Babies do not produce enzymes to digest cereals and it’s best to wait until after they are one to introduce grains.
If you’re avoiding grains, what do you feed baby?
First Baby Foods
- Soft Boiled Egg Yolk
We slowly introduced soft boiled egg yolk starting at 6 months old. (Just the egg yolk, no egg white – the egg white is the allergen!) Soft boiled egg yolk is simple to prepare and our baby girl loved and still loves her egg yolks.
She ate soft boiled egg yolks for the first few weeks of solids and then we introduced a little bit of banana into her diet. Banana is an easy baby food – just mash it a bit and it’s ready to eat.
Puréed Foods for the Beginning Eater
- Sweet Potato
Around 7.5 months, we started introducing other foods in addition to egg yolk and banana.
Avocado is another easy baby food – just mash it and feed baby. We steamed the squash, baked the sweet potatoes and cooked apples, peaches and pears before puréeing.
The squash, sweet potatoes, apples, peaches and pears can be prepared in large batches and frozen (I freeze in ice cube trays). Preparing foods ahead of time and freezing is a convenient way to have homemade baby food easily accessible.
Finger Foods for Baby
(All of these foods cut into teeny pieces)
- Carrots (cooked)
- Hard Boiled Egg Yolk
- Ground Beef/Turkey/Venison
Around 9 months old, she started gobbling up her purées and was interested in feeding herself. We began offering her tiny cubes of various foods and allowing her to feed herself. She’s good at getting the teeny pieces of food into her mouth and it’s adorable to watch her chubby little hands as she feeds herself.
She’s 10 months old and keeping baby grain free has been easy so far.
For feeding her on the go, I pack a small cooler bag and bring along her homemade baby foods. Yes, it takes more effort than carrying around convenient dry puffs or Cheerios but it’s worth the effort to keep her digestive system healthy.
What are your favorite grain free foods for baby?
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