Best First Foods for Baby

Now that you know your baby is ready to try some foods, the question is, what do you feed them?

Most pediatricians recommend iron fortified rice cereal for baby’s first food, but Mama Natural ain’t buying it. First, it’s a processed food, which isn’t good for anyone. Secondly, I think the iron found in breast milk is a lot easier for baby to digest.

Here are the top five foods I recommend to start your baby on.

  1. Avocado. This is a wonderful food, loaded with monounsaturated fats, vitamins, and enzymes. This is the first food Griffin ever tasted. We live in such a sugar-laden world, I loved giving him something that was filling and creamy as his first taste.
  2. Bananas. An electrolyte dream, filled with calcium, magnesium, potassium, and on and on. It’s also really easy to serve. Just peel, mash it up with a fork, and serve. It’s a great treat for your baby and really easy to digest.
  3. Carrots. These are a great first vegetable for baby. If you steam them, they’re really easy to digest, easier than greens and other vegetables. They’re also sweet, which babies like. And they’re loaded with vitamin A, beta-carotene, and other wonderful vitamins and minerals.
  4. Squashes. I’m choosing these over yams, oatmeal, and other complex carbohydrates. Squashes are monosaccharides and easy for babies to digest, as opposed to the more complex polysaccharides found in those other foods. They’re a great source of carbohydrates as well as loads of vitamins.
  5. Pears. The least acidic fruit, pears are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and copper. And they’re delicious.

The great thing about all these foods is you can mix and match and create a whole host of flavors for your babies.

What were your baby’s first foods?

About Genevieve

After battling weight, digestive, and immune system issues for years, I know firsthand the harmful effects of conventional life. Through a long road of detox, I discovered the healing power of natural living. This transformation spread into every area of my life - physical, emotional & spiritual. Now I'm on a mission to help other mamas live happier, healthier lives.

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  1. Amy April 9, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    We started with carrots! Plain whole fat yogurt after that, and then butternut squash and sweet potatoes!

  2. Jenn B September 26, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Do you recommend any particular squash? And how do you cook it? Steamed? Baked in oven? Thanks for the advice!

  3. Erika July 28, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    We’ve been having the five foods you recommended for 2 months now – and my little one loves it. He’s now almost 7 months, and I was wondering whether you have any recommendations about what to give him next and when?

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  5. Kimber March 28, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    My son is 8 months old and we started with soft-boiled egg yolks, avocado, and bananas. We’ve moved onto carrots, mango, chicken and pot roast pureed with bone broth, and organic whole milk yogurt. And since he was 5 months old I have given him a bottle with about 2 ounces of bone broth each night to drink before he nurses….he loves it and I really believe this has contributed to the fact that he has had no sickness yet, and hopefully it is aiding in developing a healthy gut! I just ordered some Great Lakes Kosher Gelatin and look forward to making him some fruit snacks with it soon!

  6. Ellen Kellor January 9, 2013 at 2:48 am

    I think we are on the same page! One thing I didn’t see anyone mention in the comments was the fact a lot of rice has been found to be high in arsenic. This can be naturally occurring or a byproduct of previous farming. Brown rice is higher than white. Some organic baby formula, etc. uses rice syrup as a natural sweetener and these types of products including cereals, etc. all can contain arsenic. This is such a scary thing that has recently been more prominently highlighted in the media, but most people still aren’t aware of this fact. I have also heard of this appearing in certain fruits such as apples (apple juice, etc.). Google it and there will be a plethora of info. Consumer reports offers a chart online that showed specific products with arsenic levels:
    So scary to think that many babies are being fed rice cereal for their first food which may contain poison! My daughter is coming up on 6 months. I breast fed her for the 1st few months but sadly had to supplement with organic formula due to low production. I tried everything! I am still a “natural mama” doing the best I can with what I have. I can’t wait to start giving her a taste of wholesome foods in just a few weeks.

    • Genevieve January 9, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      Yes, great points! I’m not concerned with a little brown rice syrup here and there but in any significant quantity, no thanks.

    • Emily January 24, 2014 at 9:20 am

      I’m in your same boat! I too am unable to breastfeed and am doing organic formula. My sweet baby is 4.5 months and is already at the highest end of her formula (>32 oz). Of course, not knowing better we tried rice (organic whole wheat) but she wasn’t having it! She did eat it off the spoon but was in tummy trouble by the end of the HOUR! She is very sensitive to changes. We struggled going from breast milk to formula (even though we slowly weaned and mixed in breast milk to each bottle). Do you think she’s old enough for an avocodo challenge? She’s obviously hungry…….

  7. Manda September 19, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I started using rice cereal at first when my baby was 5 months because I felt pressure from someone in my family (something I will never do again!) :( I stopped because my little one was having digestive issues, and I’ve never touched the stuff since. I just did squash mixed with breast milk for the first few weeks, and now she eats a rainbow of foods!
    I love your webpage! Great videos!

    • Keyla March 28, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      How did you mix the squash and the breast milk?

  8. lorelei January 2, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    My baby is 5 months old. She hasn’t started eating yet. It has always seemed weird to me to start with rice cereal. Even if I grind the flour myself, it seems like it would be much to difficult to digest. But I haven’t read anything about starting with different foods. Do you have any recommended reading? I have been putting my spoon in her mouth as she seems interested and it feels like a good way to get her used to the whole thing. I also have let her feel and taste some fruits. She hasn’t tried to eat anything yet. She does like sharing my spoon though.

    BTW – I found your website when I was doing a search for Genevieve. My daughters name. Love your blog and videos. Thank you.

    • Genevieve January 3, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Hi Lorelei, Thanks for your message. How neat that my blog came up with Genevieve?! Yes, I wouldn’t recommend rice/grains for baby’s first foods (per my video.) Soft fruits and well-cooked vegetables are much better suited for their developing digestion. Nourishing Traditions (a cookbook) has a nice section on baby’s first foods. You can also find some good content online. (search wholesomebabyfood). Hope this helps and enjoy your little Genevieve!

      • lorelei January 4, 2012 at 11:04 am

        Thank you! I have that book on my Amazon wish list. I will buy it now that I know it has baby food ideas in it. Thanks for your words and support. :)

        I was searching Genevieve on YouTube. Looking for songs.

  9. Francesca Nishimoto March 26, 2011 at 9:28 am

    My baby will be 7 months old on Monday. Definitely post about baby-led weaning. I’ve heard of it but not too familiar with it. My baby LOVES to nurse and I plan on nursing for another year, but he is definitely interested in food too. He gobbled up everything that one week he ate solids!
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  10. Genevieve March 25, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Hi Francesca, Sounds like you trusted your mama intuition about the rice cereal. One week is nothing! Going back to straight up breast milk is a great idea to reset his system. How old is your little guy?

  11. Francesca Nishimoto March 25, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Unfortunately, my baby had rice cereal as his first food. But only for a week! I stopped because it messed up his digestive system. He’s also had green beans a couple times. Now he’s back to just mama’s milk until his tummy feels better and then we’ll try again with the foods you suggested. Thanks!

    • keyla March 13, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      What did you try after this incident? I have the same issue

      • Francesca March 13, 2013 at 5:03 pm

        I switched to the oatmeal cereal instead (though now I know to skip all the cereals). Then we tried avocado, mashed banana, and vegetable baby food–no fruit ones; I fed him fresh fruit or unsweetened applesauce instead. I didn’t like cleaning up the avocado diapers, so we stopped that too. I never went past stage 2 baby food, because by the time he came to stage 3 he could eat solids and I’d rather him eat my home-cooked meals. I also continued to nurse him as much as he wanted (until he was 2, in fact!). Good luck!

  12. gypsy March 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I totally agree. Just 24 weeks pregnant, already reading about baby-led weaning. I really feel that a lot of things pushed by pediatricians, the media, and so on are just cleverly disguised advertising campaigns for corporate food producers and drug companies. (Formula is better than breast-feeding…that was a good one. Or – you need drugs to give birth.) So many of the authorities (FDA and so on) are in a triangle relationship with those corporations and the government. Shop in the perimeter of your grocery store…whole foods as close to nature as possible. This is what our family eats…just like families for thousands of years. Way to go Mama Natural.

  13. Genevieve March 8, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Sharing some really helpful comments from my Facebook page.

    Nicole Sager-Whitman I usually start with mushed bananas and then move on to avocados.

    Brittany Berghammer Avocados

    Brittany Berghammer both kids still love applesauce and avocados!

    Sara Nagy Nothing special, they ate from my plate.

    Karen Pasiak Applesauce avacado and bannana for both and they both love all three!

    Tara Dukaczewicz we did the avocado, banana, sweet potato, and squash.

    Angela Hartley before I knew better rice cereal and expressed breast milk. With my other two avocado. Only my middle is horribly allergic! She projectile puked it all over the 2 times I tried (2 weeks apart to be sure). I was so sad and moved on to barley and breast milk. My son didn’t eat solids until he was 2

    Katie Sydenstricker Gerarge We bought an antique grain mill and are planning to make flour for baby’s cereal from some locally grown grains. Gosh, I sound awfully “crunchy”…But doesn’t that sound yummy!?

    Kadie Cox Johnson My doctor actually would agree with you. He said studies don’t show that cereal is the best so we went with the squashes, carrots and bananas. I think we’ll add avocado’s. Also we added something from Nourishing Traditions that my baby LOVES the egg yoke from a 4min egg.

    Jennifer Centola did baby led weaining, so she ate what we ate. I think her first meal was beef stew. But she look a liking to avocado and chicken noodle soup pretty early on.

    Mil Avendan Breastmilk! and then avocado, yams, sweet pototoes, etc..;o)

    Tomeka Bennta’ Hartwick Peas he loves them

    Angie Smith Baby cereal (way back before I knew better). If there is a next time, it will be organic egg yolk with grated raw liver, and I’ll be adding in avocados, for sure!

    EC Wear steamed broccoli! Then whatever else we were eating. We also did baby led weaning.

  14. Natalie March 8, 2011 at 10:50 am

    We aren’t there yet because my baby is still only 3 months old but we plan to start with avocado and banana’s and go from there. We are skipping cereals and purees and doing the Baby Lead Solids or what in the UK is called Baby Lead weaning! It’s should check it out!
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    • Genevieve March 8, 2011 at 11:03 am

      Sounds like we’re on the same page, natural mama Natalie! We’ve experimented with baby-led weaning a bit and will probably post about it soon. Thanks for stopping by!


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