Babies are a symbol of love, and you as a parent obviously want them to be safe from everything no matter what. But parenting a new born is not as easy as it sounds, though being the most amazing experience to exist on the face of the earth. It feels magical to become a mother and having a small ball of cuteness overloaded by your side, but magic will not keep your little one healthy and nourished, you will!
So jotted below are a few ways which will help you deliver the required nutrients to your baby for their proper nourishment.
Nutrition for Babies from 6-12 months old
When your little one turns 6 months old, start Introducing semi-solid and solid food at a slow pace. At about 4-6 months old, your baby can digest most foods. Here’s a great thumb rule to follow, babies are ready for solid foods once they have doubled their weight and they can hold their head up. Start by feeding them semi-solid food. Feed it in supplement to breast milk and not alone. It should not be as a replacement to breast milk. Go slow while introducing new food, don’t force your baby and most importantly, don’t give up. Also, pay close attention to any type of negative reaction/allergy.
Steps to Follow for New Mothers
Step 1- Introduce cereals first. Rice cereal with breast milk is a common first food, as it is well tolerated by babies
Step 2- Vegetables are full of nutrients and not as sweet as fruits. Pureed vegetables such as sweet potato, beets, carrots are easy to cook and mash.
Step 3- Here’s a tricky thing. Introduce fruits ONLY after vegetables. If fruits are introduced first, baby might develop the taste for sweet and not like vegetables. To acquire a taste for both fruits and veggies, go veggies first.
Step 4- Include foods rich in protein such as lentils, egg, etc. A great way is to blend rice and daal together.
Over to You:
Don’t get confused with advices coming from everywhere; try and take it easy. You’ve just been blessed with a bundle of joy and you’re the mother. Your instincts along with these tips will ensure that your baby grows healthier, stronger and happier. Happy Mothering!
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