I’ve seen this topic come up a lot. I’ve read a bunch of books that have helped me get to this point as a parent and I wanted to share with you all. I’m sure I may entertain a different route after more research but thought I’d share. I do believe that babies should be given breast milk or formula for first 2 years of life.
Food/Nutrition Guide: I recommend starting foods at 6 months and in small pieces versus pureed.
NB-3 months – start on probiotics, I recommend Klaire Labs and Udo’s Infant
and Garden of Life 3 months on.
3 months – get baby started on Fermented Cod Liver oil or Extra Virgin Cod Liver oil. I recommend starting early so they enjoy it when they are older.
3-6 months – concentrate on cod liver oil, probiotics and nursing. No solids during this time.
6-8 months – (all in small pieces to grab) avocado, egg yolk, liver, coconut oil, olive oil, raw grassfed butter, some fish, Kefir, bone broth, yogurt and buttermilk, raw cow or goats milk. (the latter 6 will need to be fed to baby). Conditional: some babies are totally fine with carrots and sweet potato, especially mixed with fats. I say go for it.
8-9 months – sauerkraut, kimchi, olives, pickled vegetables (in moderation), introduce bananas, pears, apples and other fruits (in moderation) with a healthy fat as this will help with digestion and avoid constipation.
10-12 months – steamed/baked vegetables (carrots, peas, broccoli, sweet potato etc) in small pieces mixed with bone broth or raw grassfed butter, fish, steak, chicken, pork. Grassfed meats wherever possible or organic is best.
12 months + – slowly introduce some sprouted soaked overnight grains and see how the baby does. Make sure grains are organic, have been soaked and properly cooked before giving to your baby. Organic peanuts, almonds, strawberries, raw honey are great to start here.
For more information on why I’ve picked this sequence, these links and books have helped me a ton:
I hope this has helped you and I may change this again through my research and when I go back to school to train as a pediatric nutritionist!