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Top Ten First Foods for Baby

For babies just starting to eat, puree the whole food with water, breast milk or formula in a blender or mash with a fork until you have the consistency of thick soup.  Add a teaspoon of whole milk yogurt (a brand with no sweeteners or fillers; read the label) or cooked egg yolk  to vegetables or cereal that baby is eating to add excellent fats and protein.

 Food for Baby
 Family Food
 applesauce  Homemade Applesauce on Bens Friday Pancakes
 banana  Sliced banana on Steel Cut Oats
 pear  Poached Pears in Pomegranate Sauce
 squash  Roasted Winter Squash or Three Sisters Stew
 carrots and parsnip
 Gays Mini Pot Roast
 brown rice
 Brown Rice in a Rice Cooker
 quinoa  Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
 plain whole milk yogurt
 Yogurt Cucumber Topping (Raita) on Vegetable Chickpea Indian Curry
 avocado  Avocado Slices on Chipotle Black Bean Stew
 egg yolk
 Poached Egg on Kasha with Potatoes


Si Sam
What do you think about giving babies Raw Milk yogurt? Thanks! :)
May 14, 2009, 5:06 pm

Cynthia Lair
I'd want to make sure I knew the cow and the farmer and had visited the farm.
May 14, 2009, 6:00 pm

Erin E
Cynthia - along those lines, what are you looking for Current State Health certificates? How about raw milk for the 1-year old? We have an Amish dairy nearby - passes all State regs. Milk and yogurt definitely have an aftertaste.
May 15, 2009, 10:49 am

Cynthia Lair
Advising people for or against raw milk is a touchy subject. Many pros and cons. I will leave the call up to you and stick with the comment I made previously.
May 15, 2009, 2:16 pm

Mary Rogers
I have heard that babies can develop a sensitivity or allergy to eggs if introduced too that just to the egg white, as you suggested in the video?
May 20, 2009, 8:45 am

Cynthia Lair
Mary, The proteins in the white can sometimes cause problems. Yolks are fine. Recent articles claim that delaying introduction of foods to infants (even peanuts) does not protect against allergies and sensitivities. My personal belief is that food sensitivities stem from other systemic imbalances.
May 20, 2009, 1:41 pm

Si Sam
I know the pros of Raw milk, but what are the cons? Thanks! :)
May 20, 2009, 4:22 pm

Cynthia Lair
hi Si, The reason that milk was pasteurized in the first place is that infectious diseases were being spread from farm/humans to udder to milk to milk pool to humans. Bummer for milk drinkers. So they figured out how to heat it enough that the nasty bacteria were killed off. Raw milk may also contain pathogens like salmonella which pasteurization kills. Raw milk is not responsible for very many outbreaks of food borne illness in our country; however less than 1% of the population drinks raw milk. It is also true that pasteurization does indeed decrease the content of natural bacteria-fighting compounds. Damned if you do damned if you don't. I'm sticking with my former posts...if you know the farmer and the cows and feel confident about the cleanliness, it seems fine to me. There can be many benefits. I'm not totally sold on the whole idea of drinking milk beyond the age of weaning.
May 20, 2009, 5:40 pm

paulette christel
May 20, 2009, 8:10 pm

Hilary H
wondering if there is any concern about undercooked yolk for babies - salmonella? p.s. am currently eating homemade rice cereal (from your book) with applesauce - yum!
June 26, 2009, 12:58 pm

Cynthia Lair
Hi Hilary, I suggest that you cook the poach the egg until the yolk is pretty thick, not too runny - about 4 minutes.
June 26, 2009, 9:25 pm

Molly Frey
I fed my babe soft-boiled egg yolks from the 4th month of his life, as per the directions in the Nourishing Traditions cookbook, and at about a year, he developed a serious allergy to eggs. I wasn't feeding the whites to him, at just over 2 years, we've been reintroducing eggs, and he seems to be doing okay with them --but if I had it to do all over again, I would wait until he was over a year old to introduce them (even though we raise our own chickens totally organically, and I was breastfeeding, and eggs were going through my milk).
August 24, 2009, 5:53 pm

we've used goat's milk successfully for infants when needing to supplement
October 17, 2009, 9:09 pm

Chris H.
Back when I had babies (the youngest is now in high school) I did make their food. The first one was very adventurous and tried everything. He did actually balk at pureed broccoli. That was a mistake. BUT! I mixed it with the pureed pear and it was fine. Which is how I found out that pears go quite well with broccoli and brussels sprouts. Side note: back a few decades not all milk was pasteurized. My mother grew up in Wisconsin near lots of dairy farms in the 1930s. When she was a teenager she got undulant fever (Brucellosis) from raw milk. A few years back some kids got E-coli from raw milk bought from an unlicensed dairy somewhere in either Oregon and Washington... so make sure you know who you are getting the milk from (and having visited dairies on field trips, keeping everything clean is a major task).
November 30, 2009, 9:03 pm

Lilia Welsh
when I was a baby I ate avocado and bananas mushed together.It was so good I still eat It!
February 4, 2010, 9:31 pm

Anna Barresi
My daughter has loved carrot-ginger soup since she was a year old. I would LOVE to see a carrot-ginger soup recipe from Cynthia Lair. My daughter (now aged 4) also loves Rosemary Red Soup and the split pea and potato soup. We recently tried the yakisoba...and she loved that, too (minus the mushrooms!)
May 9, 2010, 8:44 am

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