Recently, I’ve heard moms asking how they can switch out dairy and meat for more plant-based options when they are introducing foods to babe. So #ForBetterBeginnings around starting solids. I thought I would give 5 tips for making starting mealtime with baby easy, fun and also include some plant-based options!
1. Have Fun! Choose mealtime plates, bowls, and spoons that are colourful and fun! Your little one will be so excited that they finally get to join the big people at meal time, this is the icing on the cake. Make sure when you are selecting cutlery for first-time feeders to choose a spoon with a Soft tip, which is gentle on baby’s delicate gums and teeth. All of my littles have just loved the Playtex® Infant Spoons, which also features a flat soft edge- that make it easy to wipe food off little mouths.
2. Try different textures. When you are ready to feed baby more than one item at meal time, focus on different textures, and move away from only feeding purees. This is key to do before your little one loses interest in learning to chew and swallow solid foods. We like to use the Playtex® Mealtime Use 3 Ways Plate. It keeps the different textures separate and transfers easily to a fridge if not all the food is finished.
3. Let your baby feed themselves. YES this will be messy, yes it will take longer, but it is so much fun, and SO cute to watch! Your little one is full of curiosity now, so let them explore what it feels like to hold the spoons, squish the foods in their hands or even rub it all over their face!
4. Get creative. Protein and fat do not have to come from meat and dairy sources. You can toss chia seeds or hemp seeds into your baby's food. You can also sprinkle ground flax seeds into a bowl of smashed avocado. Beans, lentils, and peas are other amazing sources of easily digestible protein.
5. Drink Water! Make sure to have your baby sipping water once solids are introduced. This will help prevent constipation! Malachi has loved the Playtex® Sipsters® Stage 1 Soft Spout Cup because he can use the handles to hold his sippy cup all by himself!
So those are my tips for introducing solids with plant-based options, share yours in the comments below!
Certified Holistic Health Coach- Plant Based Nutritionist