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June 28, 2021

The Best Fruits and Vegetables for Babies

After your baby is around six months old, it’s never too early to introduce healthy, nutritious foods into their diet! Vegetables and fruits are some of the best sources of vitamins and minerals available. With that in mind, here’s our guide to what we consider to be the best fruit and veg for your baby.

Vegetables

  • Carrots – Recommended by the Department of Health Australia as one of the first foods to introduce your baby to, carrots are a great source of vitamin A, K and fibre to help with healthy digestion 

  • Pumpkin – Pumpkin is loaded with vitamin A to help eyesight and immunity

  • Broccoli – A powerhouse when it comes to nutrients! It has vitamin C, beta-carotene, fibre, calcium, folic acid, iron and potassium

  • Sweet potato – Sweet potato is a good source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, fibre and potassium.

  • Spinach – Like all dark green leafy vegetables, spinach contains large amounts of iron and folate

  • Beans – All varieties of beans are packed with fibre and protein. Excellent for growth and regular bowel motions

 

TIP: If your baby is just starting out on solids, puree the foods you try to help out with digestion and swallowing! 

Fruits

  • Apples – Are really easy for your baby to digest, and the soluble fibre they contain helps with constipation

  • Pears – Are gentle on your baby’s tummy and make excellent weaning food, as they’re low in natural chemicals

  • Bananas – Contain slow-release sugars, bananas are great for sustained energy 

  • Apricots – Not only do apricots contain iron, potassium and beta-carotene, they are also a good source of fibre.

  • Avocados – An excellent source of unsaturated fats, great for healthy brain development.

  • Blueberries – Blueberries are rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene, which are good for your baby’s eyes, brain and urinary tract, and have one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any fruit.

  • Peaches – These are easy for your baby to digest, and are an excellent source of vitamin C.

  • Mandarins – A rich source of vitamin C and antioxidants

  • Plums – Plums are a good source of vitamins A and C, and are high in fibre 

 

 

References

  1. https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/publications/publishing.nsf/Content/gug-indig-hb~first-foods

  2. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/HealthyLiving/childrens-diet-fruit-and-vegetables

  3. https://www.childrens.health.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/PDF/pomin/babys-first-foods-flipchart.pdf

Article written by Bellamy's Organic. Original article appeared here.

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Shae Rickards
Dietitian Expert

Shae Rickards
Dietitian Expert