Iron Rich Foods
Introducing iron-rich foods to babies when starting solid foods is crucial as they require this nutrient for proper growth and development. Here are some excellent iron-rich foods for babies:
Iron-Fortified Baby Cereals
Oatmeal, or mixed grain cereals fortified with iron are commonly recommended as first foods for babies. They provide a good source of easily digestible iron.
Cooked and pureed or mashed meats, such as beef, lamb, chicken, or turkey, are excellent sources of iron. Start with well-cooked, tender meats and gradually increase the texture as your baby progresses. If you are using the BLW approach offering your baby a chicken drumstick or shredded pieces of meat is a good choice as well.
Beans and Legumes
Foods like lentils, chickpeas, black beans, and kidney beans are rich in iron and can be introduced in mashed or pureed form. They also offer fiber and other essential nutrients.
Spinach, kale, and other dark leafy greens are packed with iron. Steam or sauté them until tender and blend them into purees or add finely chopped leaves to other dishes.
While fruits are not as high in iron as meat or legumes, options like prunes, or apricots can provide some iron. They can be pureed or thinly sliced for babies.
Remember, it's important to consult with a pediatrician or a registered dietitian to determine the specific iron needs of a child.