What’s the real concern for new moms or moms to be…..baby’s health. From the moment your child is up for solids mothers are concerned, what to feed, how to feed and what is good for the baby as first foods.Relax, to all the concerned mommies, here are few tips and few simple recipes linked for your little tots.
What should you use to feed?
Hygiene is very important while it comes for preparing food for babies. Always clean the utensils (cups, glass, spoon, bowls etc) to be used for cooking as well as for feeding the baby; because of the sensitive little stomach of theirs. Using cleaned vessels is must for every feeding. Cleaning can be done by simply washing utensils with soap and hot water, preferably filter water in order to avoid salt deposits. However for busy mommies there are other equipment available in the market for sterilizing/ cleaning utensils used for feeding babies. Do not use plastic utensils. Any metal, ceramic or glass or silver utensils will be fine. Washing hands before feeding babies is required.
Every baby is different, So the first food too….
Every baby is different, hence prepare food according; try small portions initially of what you want to feed, and keep a track on the babies digestion through their bowel movement and how the baby reacts towards the food for first time. Initially start feeding one item at a time, this practice helps to rule out any allergies toward food.
Try simple foods first
As babies have milk or liquid diet at their initial stages, it is good to feed semi-solids like roasted ragi malt, rice Canchi, dal in vegetable broth, pureed/mashed vegetables and fruits, as their first meal which will help them to swallow and digest the food easily. Food should be at its simplest form. These meals can be also be milk based; as per child’s taste and liking. Food prepared should be fed to the baby within an hour.
No Salt No Sugar- Nature has already added
Initial stages of food does not require any salt or sugar. The ingredients used have natural salt and sugar which are sufficient as per their daily requirements. Moreover in this manner, the little tots taste buds will relish the real flavor in its natural form, the best way to make them explore tastes that nature provides us.
By 8th month
Once they are comfortable with the meals of one ingredient ,then start with two ingredients; like roasted ragi and wheat malt, kichadi made of only rice and dal, dal and vegetable mash or non-veg option. Slowly introduce all the food to the baby moving their digestive capacity.
By the time they are a year old, their meal should be a balanced diet for a healthy growth. Keep a note that mother’s milk is always best for your li’ll one until 6th month. After 6th month you should start semi solids as a growing baby needs more nutrition that are not supplied through breast milk.