20 Sep 2022 | 8 min Read
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Right from the time a baby is born, mothers are flooded with advice on what to do, what to feed their babies, how to feed them and the list goes on. Hence, mums who focus on feeding babies right from the start can ensure that their child accepts almost all sorts of food growing up.
For the first six months, a baby is exclusively breastfed as a mother’s milk contains almost everything that the little one requires. Community Expert Dr Pooja Marathe says, “Parents who plan to introduce solids before four months of age can increase the risk of choking and cause their infant to drink less than the needed amount of breast milk.”
Here are some tasty and healthy food choices that you can try even if a good portion of them ends up on your child’s bib, the tray or even the floor. Use baby wipes for that messy affair and feed your baby without worrying.
Feeding babies between six to eight months old can be fun and an exciting milestone. It can also be messy but fun if you are aware of exactly what to give them. Think of all the different tastes and textures that await to be tasted by your little one. This could include juicy fruits or even some creamy avocado.
Community Expert Dr Pooja Marathe says, “Your baby will take only small amounts of solid foods at first. Start feeding your baby solids once a day gradually building to two or three times a day. At eight to nine months give your baby solids as part of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
She adds, “As the child grows, parents should increase the number of times that the child is fed which is about two to three meals per day for infants who are about six to eight months of age.”
Here are some points to consider when parents aim at feeding babies
Dr Pooja Marathe adds, “After the age of six months, breastfeeding alone is no longer enough for optimal growth and development of the child. Hence, it is necessary to start complementary feeding along with breast milk.”
According to Dr Pooja Marathe, “From 9 months give your baby breast milk or formula first, then solids after the milk. Go very slow on introducing the food. Watch each step and how it helps.”
Here are some important points to consider when feeding babies between nine to twelve months old.
Community Expert Dr Pooja Marathe says, “Cow’s milk should not be given as a drink until 12 months of age. Introducing solids too late can increase the risk of your child developing allergies. Children who get solid food too early might be at a greater risk for developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, eczema and celiac disease.”
So as your infant transitions to being a toddler, it is the perfect time to take those taste buds to the next level.
Here are some important points to consider-
Dr Pooja Marathe says, “About three to four meals per day for infants who are between nine to twenty-three months of age should be given along with one to two additional snacks as required. Parents can use fortified complementary foods or vitamin-mineral supplements as needed and gradually increase food consistency and variety.”
Remember that kindergarteners between the age of three and five can eat a variety of foods.
Healthy food for school-age children includes fresh foods from almost all food groups. Here are some things to consider-
Remember, not everything on your kids’ plate has to be a superfood. If you are determined in feeding smart right from start, do not force-feed them. Let your child explore, taste and smell their food. Once they are old enough, encourage a zero food wastage policy. Following the tips above mentioned can encourage your kids to eat right and maintain a healthy weight.
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