Parents have a wealth of information available to them about baby foods, feeding advice, high chairs, and more. It is an exciting time when baby first gets a taste of his or her first solid food. Baby teeth need to be cared for gently and carefully, especially when beginning solid foods. Here are some of the dentist’s recommended baby foods for good oral health.
Best baby foods for infants
By 4 to 6 months old, most babies who can hold their heads up can begin eating solid foods. Solid foods should not replace formula or breast milk, which will remain baby’s main nutrition source. Solid food purees and infant cereal should complement the main diet of formula or breast milk. It is important to think about baby’s oral health when choosing baby foods. Some foods are better than others, according to dentists.
Baby cereal is the best first step for infants, because it can be thinned with formula or breast milk while the baby gets used to eating from a spoon. Never put infant cereal in a baby bottle. Look for single-grain, iron-fortified cereals.
Dentists prefer baby foods made from whole vegetables and fruits. These choices are best for brand new baby teeth and gums.
Squash is a vegetable rich in vitamins and calcium, which promote oral health. Cooked and pureed butternut squash is popular for baby food and rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C boosts overall gum health.
Banana baby food is smooth, sweet and delicious. Dentists recommend banana baby foods, because they are high in vitamin C and fiber. However, bananas do contain sugar. Therefore, it is important to give some sips of water to drink and gently wipe or brush baby’s teeth and gums after eating.
Sweet potatoes have a high amount of vitamin A. This vitamin helps maintain the soft gums and encourages the body to make keratin. Keratin is a protein important to the production of tooth enamel. Sweet potatoes are a favorite for most babies because of the sweet flavor.
Around the same time that your child begins eating baby foods, he or she should have a visit with the dentist. Here are our tips for what to expect at the first dental visit.