A lot of things have happened over the past 10 years when it comes to what you can give a baby. Now you can feed them yogurt, cheese, nuts, fish and eggs at 6 months instead of waiting until they are 1. Raw honey is still a no-go until 1, but everything else is up to you- though you still should avoid sugar, salt, and choke hazard foods.
When it comes to feeding my 9 month old, I kind of do a bit of everything. She is still breastfed and I do believe food is for fun until age 1. But my munchkin LOVES food. I don’t like to give solids until 6 months, but at 4 months she snatched a banana out of my hand and started gobbling it down- so I’m following her lead. I do believe in baby-led weaning but I also will mash up some sweet potatoes and mix with yogurt and feed with a spoon. And I do love organic baby food pouches when we are on the go. (But aren’t those baby-led weaning since they feed themselves??)
The littlest is my more adventurous eater, so I have wanted to step it up rather than just offer bland foods. I have plenty of old baby food books, but none with the current feeding standards. I was sent Natural Baby Food by Dr. Sonali Ruder and I LOVE this book. It was nice to get a refresher on baby nutrition and why certain foods are beneficial. It also covers allergies, how to introduce food, portion sizes, what to feed (and not feed) your baby, how to make baby food, then it is filled with age appropriate recipes!
The first part seems like common sense foods, but I love the sample feeding schedule and details about the fruits and vegetables. Then the book goes into flavorful combinations- which I’m not so good at! Especially when it comes to adding herbs and spices. Then it has recipes for finger foods- which I’m hoping my pre-schooler will get on board with. And toddler foods.
Natural Baby Food would make a great babyshower or welcome home gift!