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Which two solids should i start initially ?😢



Hi, u can start with fruit and vegetable purees first. Then introduce mashed daal, mashed rice, slowly the purees should be weaned off and the texture should be coarsely mashed, and finally offer the food in the same form that you are eating. The changes in texture should happen gradually and not sudden. Do not give salt or sugar till one year. By one year, the baby should eat whatever is being cooked in the kitchen in the same form and mashed food should completely be weaned off. Tagging other moms for their insights on this. Rebecca Prakash Revauthi rajamani

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First start with semi solid foods. Give your baby ragi or rice porridge.; Make it a bit watery in the beginning and then gradually harden. Give thin dal , fruit puree, rice and carrot; finely mashed, carrot puree, apple puree. Give a few teaspoons of this in the beginning. Even 2-3 teaspoons in the beginning is good. Start with one semi solid meal at a time.; This means that you will be eliminating only one breast feed at a time as BM is still the chief source of nutrition to the baby. Restrict the use of salt and sugar.; You can use jaggery instead of sugar. Much healthier for babies. a few sips of water after every meal. Just about teaspoons to start off with. Feed once a day in the beginning. Then gradually increase.; Try different foods and see what suits your baby the best. Also homemade rice cerelac is easy to digest and there us no fear of any allergies. introduce all one at day timen t mornins safer to know how the body reacts. Still continue on breast milk a few times a day as it is still the best and safest form of nutrition for your baby. Introduce only one new food at a time so that if any allergy you know what caused it.Ensure nutrients are not lost in preparation of food ....steaming is better than boiling. At 9 months plus 50% of the nutrition must be from solids and the remaining 50% from breast milk. Give cow's milk only after completion of 1 year.Cow's milk contains proteins that your baby is unable to digest in the first year. At 12 months plus baby must have 4-5 solids meals and the rest should be breast milk. Dont give honey to child less than 1 year.

FOR ALL MOMMIES STARTING SOLIDS FOR THEIR LOS
There are 4 criteria that HAVE to be met most importantly before starting solids.;
1. Baby must have completed 180 days/6 Months;
2. Baby must be able to sit unsupported for a few seconds;
3. Baby must have lost tongue thrust.;
4. Shows interest in food;
Once baby meets ALL the criteria, only then you may start solids.;
Please remember that for the baby’s first year, bm/fm is the main source of nutrition. Solids are not to be used to make the child “fatter/gain weight/fuller/sleep better”;
This is because their digestive tracks are still not mature enough to process food completely so they may not be able to extract nutrition fully from solids. However, having said that, it doesn’t mean you should not feed them healthy options. This is the practice period which will set the pattern for their eating habits in the long run... so avoid force feeding, distraction feeding, giving junk food or masking tastes of things;
No animal milk, salt, no sugar/jaggery/honey till the baby completes 1 year. Even post that if you can avoid, please do.;
Before every solids meal, give bm/ff (about 20-30 mins before);
Continue to breastfeed as normal and don’t replace a feed session with solids.;
When you introduce solids introduce everything individually first, be it fruit or vegetable or cereal.;
6th month - 1 meals;
7th Month-2 meals;
8th Month- 3 meals;
9th month- 3 meals and a snack if needed;
10th Months- same; as above and give snacks as per demand.;
If you are doing traditional weaning, then steam instead of boiling before pureeing;
Start with breakfast and observe any reactions.;
Offer variety. Don’t give the baby the same thing for several days
Don’t be alarmed if baby doesn’t eat more than a few grains or a bite in the initial days, it’s normal.;
Follow the baby’s cues when it comes to quantity. If baby persistently refuses then don’t force.;
Will add to this if I remember any more points
Some suggestions for starting weaning :-
PURÉES
Beets
Cauliflower;
Carrot
Sweet potato;
Pumpkin
Lauki;
Zucchini;
Peas;
Rajma;
Chick peas;
Apples
Pears;
Papaya
Strawberry;
Plum;
Any other fruit or vegetable;
MASHED
Dal
Rice
Brinjal
Upma;
You can also give upma or Ragi porridge
Post introducing everything on its own you can start doing combinations;
Like peas and cauliflower;
Apples and banana etc
Introduce without spice first so baby can taste everything in its natural form.;