Starting Solids

Starting Solids

Starting Solids

Starting Solids with Iron Rich Foods

Starting solids is one of the most exciting milestone in a baby’s first year of life. But it can also be daunting and stressful. And if you’re unsure about what or how to introduce your baby to solids, Born Bright Foods is here to help.
One of the key nutrient that your baby needs at around 6 months is Iron. Iron is particularly important for babies by six months of age because their iron stores become depleted, and mom’s breastmilk remains low in iron. There are 2 types of iron found in food: Heme and non-heme iron. Heme iron are found in meat sources, while non-heme iron are found in plant-based sources. Foods rich in vitamin C are paired with non-heme iron to enhance absorption.

To ensure your baby gets the nutrients he or she needs, offer at least 2 food choices of iron rich foods per day. Provide a variety like these: 

  • Red meat

    • Babies don’t have molars yet, so meat needs to be soft and easy to chew.

      Try ground beef or puree beef or lamb with formula or breastmilk

       

  • Infant cereal

    • Instead of rice, choose oat, barley or quinoa cereal. Quinoa and Oats are low in arsenic,

      iron-fortified and easy to prepare. Add pureed fruit or vegetables that are high in vitamin C

      to help enhance the absorption of non-heme iron. We ensured our green goodness and

      mango oatly flavor have this combination for better absorption.

       

  • Dark poultry

    • Thighs and drumsticks have more iron than white meat. Puree poultry with water or

      unsalted broth, or offer pea-sized pieces or thin strips.

       

  • Red Lentils

    • Red lentils cook to an oatmeal-like consistency, while brown and green ones act as tiny

      finger foods. Mash them with unsalted broth or water to get a mushy consistency. 

      Our Little Lentil flavour is a perfect start.

       

  • Beans and Legumes

    • Chickpeas and beans are rich in non-heme iron. Puree them, or serve them whole if your

      baby has good enough finger grasp or pincer grasp to pick them up. 

       

  • Pasta

    • Pasta made from enriched wheat flour contains non-heme iron, but not all pasta is fortified.

      Make sure to check the ingredient list label to know for sure. 

       

  • Egg yolks

    • Cook and using a fork, mash with breast milk, formula, yogurt or pureed vegetables.

      You can also offer it as scrambled eggs. Ensure eggs are well cooked. 

A side note on Rice and Rice Cereals:

For decades, parents have used rice cereal as baby’s primary first food, but lately it has fallen out of favour with dietitians. For one thing, rice contains trace levels of arsenic, which won’t do harm if you’re only serving it a few times per week, but excessive amounts can have detrimental effects on a baby’s immune system. Instead of rice, choose oat, barley or quinoa cereal as they are low in arsenic levels.