Fruits and Vegetables for Baby

Try growing these fresh fruits and veggies in your garden and get the doctor's (and baby's) stamp of approval.

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Is Your Child Ready for Solid Food?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends introducing solid food at the six-month mark, though some babes might be ready as early as 4-months old. Signs include being able sit up without support, the ability to grab, mimicking eating and showing interest in your food. Talk to your doctor before changing your child’s diet and introduce new foods slowly to watch for allergic reactions.


Don't forget about pumpkins! — when the cool weather creeps in and you start craving pumpkin pies and lattes, your baby will appreciate this nutrient-packed fall favorite as well. Prepare it the same way you would any other squash. Try freezing it in ice cube trays as a healthy finger food snack for children 8 months or older.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes and their other colorful counterparts are usually recommended in place of regular white potatoes, as they typically contain more fiber, vitamin A and fewer calories. For baby, bake and mash well or puree—you can even add a little bit of butter and cinnamon if you and your child are comfortable with it.


Nothing beats a fresh avocado, full of rich, creamy texture and loaded with protein and beneficial fats. Blend it, mash it or even cut it up into tiny chunks for older infants to chew on. Once your child is happy eating avocado on its own, you can add other fruits and veggies to the mix, using avocado as a base.

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