A Little More Wisdom

The Best Foods for Baby’s First Meals

Written by
Cathy Hale
on July 14th, 2015

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Did you know butternut squash is a great first food for your baby? It’s high in vitamin A and potassium and most babies think it’s pretty tasty. Another reason it makes the “first meal” list is because it’s typically low on the allergy scale.

Whether you’re making your baby food at home or buying it at the grocery store, here’s a list of foods that are easy on your baby’s tummy and appropriate for her various stages of digestive development.


The first meal she eats is going to be pureed, strained and kind of runny. But that’s okay! She’ll be excited to taste new flavors for the first time. As she gets older the consistency of her food will get chunkier, because she’ll have some cute little chompers and she can mash lots of foods with her gums. But for now, the recommended texture for her first “solid” foods is smooth and easy to digest.


Your baby is an eating machine by now, so she’s ready to try food combinations like oatmeal with fruit or meat with veggies. You can introduce many new foods that are more fibrous, a bit more acidic and contain a higher amount of protein. At this stage in mealtime, her food is chunkier in texture, but still has to be small pieces and easily chewed and digested. You can also start to add some mashed spices to her food to see what she likes.


By the time she reaches 8-12 months, your baby has developed her ability to pick up finger foods (pincer), so your mini foodie is ready to explore even more. This is when you can cut your food into small bites and she can try things like pancakes, pizza or Cheerios. Just make sure the pieces are small and soft and don’t leave her unattended. You can give her one piece at a time and encourage her to chew each piece before she puts another one in her mouth.

Just remember, the American Academy of Pediatrics does advise staying away from foods that are choking hazards during the first 12 months like hot dogs, nuts and seeds, big chunks of meat or cheese, whole grapes, hard candy, popcorn, peanut butter and chewing gum.

Bon appétit!

Stage 1 Foods, 4-6 Months Old


Peeled apples, avocados, apricots, bananas, mango, nectarines & peaches, papaya, pears, plums & prunes, pumpkin


Green beans, carrots, peas, sweet potato, squash


Rice, oatmeal, barley

Stage 2 Foods, 6-8 Months Old


Introducing strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, pineapple, cherries


Introducing spinach, kale, red beans, red peppers, lentils


Multi-grain baby cereal, oatmeal with fruit and quinoa


Soft cheese, yogurt, milk


Soft pureed meats like chicken and beef

Cathy Hale

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