What to feed the baby? It is the big question that arise to every parent. At times you may feel frustrated or overwhelmed, you are always learning in every stage of parenthood. As some of the babies are ready for solids earlier and some may not. Many pediatricians insisting to breastfeed the baby for six months and continue to breastfeed even after introducing solids in their diet. It is important to provide them with proper food for healthy growth and development.
Typically there are three stages in the babies food stage and ages
· Stage 1:- 4-6 months
· Stage 2:- 6-8 months
· Stage 3:- 9-12 months
4 months plus:- I like to recommend breastfeeding exclusively for 6 months. Because the breast milk consists of all the nutrient which are essential to enhance the immune system, bone strength and for correct growth. But as a complementary feed to breast milk, new mothers can start to feed their babies with a little amount of fruit and vegetable liquid purees and soups daily (without salt and sugar).
6 months plus:- As the baby grows different types of baby-friendly provisions should be introduced to complement the breast milk. It is abundantly important to feed nutrient-rich foods like fruits and veggies. They will not like all the various type of food you give them since their taste buds are within the developing stage. Choose a single fruit or vegetable puree. Feed that to the baby for some days before introducing a new set of food. Gradually increase the puree combination by adding to 1 fruit and a veggie or two fruits. Organic baby food companies like Happa Foods, Tinny Spoons, and Earth's best organic provide a wide range of fruit and vegetable purees for babies at this stage.
8 months plus:- It's scary and troublesome for many of the new mothers to figure out what to feed the baby. During this stage, the babies can ready to determine the texture of the food they eat. Since the digestive system of the baby is within the developing stage it doesn't take a lot to get their tummy full. For 8 months plus baby, we can feed semi pureed fruits and veggies with sprouted ragi powder. And pressure cooked dal and vegetables like carrot, beetroot, etc for a meal, finely chopped fruits pieces so that the baby can chew it easily Which contain essential nutrient for the proper growth and sound health.
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