Nutrients babies need

Iron: Make sure your baby gets her 11 milligrams a day for brain development by offering iron-rich foods including meat, chicken, fish, eggs, avocado, broccoli and spinach.

Zinc: Meat and dark-meat poultry are great sources of this other brain booster.
Calcium and vitamin D: Essential for strong bones, these two nutrients can be found in fortified yogurt and cereal, egg yolks and fish.

Omega-3s/DHA: Serving avocado or salmon helps your little one get these nutrients that aid in eye and brain development.

Vitamins A, B, C and E: These four vitamins boost your baby's health and development from top to bottom, promoting healthy brain and nerve development, as well as proper functioning and development of her eyes, skin, immune function and more. Carrots and sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A; green veggies, bananas and beans are high in B’s; tomatoes, strawberries and cantaloupe serve up C; and cereal and grains are packed with E.