FEEDING YOUR CHILD
Babies are a bundle of joy!
Until six months of age, they will be consuming only breast milk, so there won’t much worry about their nutrition. The real difficulty comes when we introduce solid foods.
Here, we are going to share a few recipes that you can try to feed your little ones. These are the recipes that I give to my baby, you can also try the same, and prepare the dishes according to your preference. As the days pass, you will know what your baby likes to eat, and prepare accordingly!
Do you always wonder what you will cook for your kids?
It will be difficult to think of new recipes daily. But if you’re ready to try new recipes, I have some recommendations for you. The recipes that I have mentioned here are tasty, healthy, and can be prepared easily. These are quick, tried, and tasted by my toddler and he even enjoys cooking these nutritious dishes with me.
Let me share my past experience with breastfeeding
To be honest, I am uncertain about this post, but it may help someone somewhere.
So my experience of breastfeeding was good.
My nightmares started a month later when I started getting milk. J would cry endlessly at night and no soothing/rocking worked. Still, I tried to feed with my painful nipples, bawl my eyes out, search online for every possible help, and listened to all taunts about my body, breasts, nursing bra, that particular food I ate, and for not being able to cover up properly while feeding.
Silly right? I didn’t think about the procedure or what people around me at that time support it. This continued for some days until I have suggested by a friend and my doctor. And they assured me it is very normal to not produce enough milk and it’s not something to be ashamed about. I regained my strength and I could breastfeed exclusively afterward.
So there is no shame in top-up feeding when your baby is well-fed and happy. I being formula fed was fine and am still fine.
Let’s support women specifically new moms in their breastfeeding journey. Let’s get our facts loud and clear.
No need to worry about preparing special food for your baby. Whatever the rest of your family eats can be eaten by them too. You only need to take care to avoid as much salt in the food as possible.
Of course, this does rule out most takeaway and restaurant food, as they usually contain a lot of salt.
Cereal: It’s an all-time classic! Cereals like flaked corn soften with milk and are easy to digest. Try to get whole grain cereal, as much as possible.
Dal: Dal contains all proteins, which help in muscle development. Dal curry can be eaten with rice and it doesn’t have a strong taste.
Soya: Soya granules are quickly becoming a standard replacement source of protein for pure vegetarians. The soft surface it becomes after cooking makes it an ideal food choice for babies.
Cucumber: Cucumbers are a refreshing snack at any time of the day.
For your baby’s comfort, the best way to cut them is lengthwise, making cucumber sticks shaped like French fries. If it’s a hot summer day, eating cucumbers can easily prevent dehydration.
Vegetable Soup: This is easy to feed your baby and it contains the integrity of all the vegetables you add to it. For example, carrot soup would be good for the eyes, and potatoes contain fiber.
When planning for your baby food chart you are not required to be different from your usual food recipes. If your weekly eating pattern has turned boring, this may be a good time to add a bit of color to it, as your baby and you, both, need a well-rounded, balanced diet.
Weight-Gaining recipes for your baby:
Mashed Green Peas
Preparation: Boil the green peas until fully cooked. After cooling, grind to a smooth paste. Add a teaspoon of ghee for taste.
Preparation: Take the ragi in a bowl. Add a little water, and mix it well to avoid lumps. Add the sprouts and vegetables. Place in a cooker for two whistles. You can even boil the ragi and veggies separately. It should be cooked well. After it cools, add the jaggery it is a rich source of calcium. Grind to a smooth paste, then finally add ghee.
Tasty Apple Puree
Preparation: Peel the apple skin first. Boil the apple pieces until fully cooked. After cooling, grind into a paste. To this, you can add ghee. No need of adding any sweetener to this.
Mixed Dal/lentils With Rice or Veggies
Preparation: Add well-cooked lentils to cooked rice. Mash or grind to a smooth form. Add a small amount of ghee. You can also add two boiled spinach leaves or any other leafy vegetables of your choice.
Some nutritional information about the above recipes:
- I have mentioned ghee and jaggery in all the recipes, as they are rich sources of nutrients.
- Ghee or butter is very beneficial for brain development. It also helps to boost metabolism. Ghee is rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
- Jaggery, especially palm jaggery, is a rich source of calcium, which is essential for the overall growth of babies.
- Green leafy vegetables are rich in fiber. They are very good for avoiding constipation.
- Lentils/ dals are a rich source of proteins.
- Rice provides the required carbohydrates to the body.
Precautions to be taken while feeding your child
Most parents first attempt commercially prepared baby meals due to the busy family life.
Your infant should attempt a cup around the age of six months.
To discover a cup that works for your kid, you may need to test a few.
Small, handy containers are provided, and producers are required to adhere to strict safety and dietary essentials.
- Always wash your hands entirely and usually while handling food.
- Cook your baby’s meals in a method that maintains the most vitamins and minerals to maintain nutrition.
- Instead of boiling fruits and vegetables, which remove the nutrients, try steaming or baking them.
- Pieces that you won’t use straight away should be frozen.
- To start, use water to prevent messy cleanups.
- Juice should not be fed to babies under the age of one year.
- When feeding your babies from jars of prepared baby food, spoon part of the food into a dish.
- Feeding your infant straight from the jar infects the remaining food with germs from the baby’s lips.
There are many ways of adding foods not usually appreciated by the children to the regular diet but in particular, doing more harm to the overall wellbeing of the child than is beneficial to them. This experience will have the child associate negative memories with food and may lead to long-term unhealthy eating habits for food, which is not what parents intend to execute.
To conclude, let us look at the child as an individual and respect their choice of whether to have a particular food and how much of it to consume. This will have the child create positive memories with food and help them to develop healthy eating habits.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is feeding important for children?
Nutrition is important at every age. Your children need proper nutrients to stay healthy and strong and grow up strong.
What should I feed my child first?
Solid foods may be introduced in any order. However, puréed meats, poultry, beans, and iron-fortified cereals are recommended as the first foods,
When can babies drink water?
From 6 months of age, you can give your baby small amounts of water, if needed.
When should babies crawl?
By 9 months old, babies typically creep and crawl. Some babies do a commando-type crawl, pulling themselves along the floor by their arms.
What foods should be avoided while breastfeeding?
- Fish high in mercury.
- Highly processed foods.
Can babies eat honey?
Yes, babies younger than 1-year-old should not be given honey.
How do I know when the baby is full?
- Pushes food away.
- Closes his or her mouth when food is offered.
- Turns his or her head away from food.
- Uses hand motions or makes sounds to let you know he or she is full.