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Baby Snacks
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Once your baby has become accustomed to solid foods, you can to introduce snacks into his diet. Snacks are good to take along when running errands, traveling or on outings. In fact, there are many different types of baby food snacks, from packaged cereal, cookies, yogurt, and fruit puree to simple items like sliced fruit or cheese. When choosing baby food snacks, it is important to select items that are healthy, and that do not pose a choking risk.

Dairy and Cheese
According to the American Pediatric Society, you should not restrict fats in children under the age of 2 years, so feed your baby snacks that contain the full amount of fat rather than low-fat varieties. Dairy products can be a good source of calcium, protein, phosphorus, vitamin A, vitamin D and magnesium. Not all dairy products contain the same nutrients in the same amounts, so check the labels. Try shredded soft cheese, cottage cheese, cream cheese, yogurt and milk-based pudding.

Bread and Grains
Whole-grain packaged cereals are among the most popular baby food snacks, largely due to the fact that they are easily transportable and require no preparation or refrigeration. Cookies produced by baby food manufacturers offer a texture and convenience similar to those of cereals. Generally, these cookies contain less sugar and are milder in flavor than regular cookies. Many parents keep a small bag or container of cereal in their baby’s diaper bag so that they always have a snack at hand.

Fruits and Vegetables do not necessarily need to come from a package. In fact, many foods which are commonly enjoyed by adults can be given to babies when they are ready to begin snacking. For instance, many babies enjoy soft fruits or vegetables, such as bananas, avocados, or cooked sweet potatoes, which have been sliced into small pieces. The size of cube will depend on your baby. Pieces can be tiny slivers for the newest eaters or larger soft pieces for more experienced babies. Ripe fruit is soft and baby-friendly.

Meat provide your baby with protein, B vitamins, iron and zinc. Canned beans are soft and safe to eat when sliced into slivers or mashed. Fish and tofu are very soft meat alternatives. Shredded pieces of chicken and tender cooked beef can be eaten chilled or warm. Because of the possibility of allergic reactions, egg whites are limited to babies over 1 year old, but hard-boiled egg yolks chopped into pieces for experienced solid food eaters or scrambled egg yolks are permitted.