Weaning food for babies
A lot of factors have to be taken into consideration while planning a diet for children. Children need more calories and protein for growth and tissue repair. All nutrient requirement is increased during the growing stage.
This article of mine is meant for new mothers who are searching for information on the weaning foods for their loved little ones.
Weaning can be started at the age of 3 to 4 months along with breast milk. Nutritional supplementation can be started with soft and mashed cereal foods. Always the new food should be introduced at lunchtime, when the infant gets adjusted with that food it can be extended gradually to other times. Some infants get mild indigestion in the beginning. These foods should not be bottle-fed; it has to be spoon-fed. Rice is good to start as first cereal and it has to be cooked soft. It can be given with salt and ghee or mixed with curd.
When child gets used to this, khichdi (rice and moong dhal) can be given. Soups and strained vegetables and fruits may be gradually introduced during the supplementation period. A new food to be given for ideally 2 weeks or minimum 1 week before introducing another food item.
The fruits and vegetables will correct the deficiency of iron in breast milk. Fruit must be fully ripe. The well nourished infant doubles his birth weight by 3 to 5 months of age. Ragi powder, suji, and raw plantain powder can be cooked in milk with sugar and can be given for the breakfast. Here are the few sample recipes for your sweet ones.
Moong dhal khichadi
Rice – 1/2 cup
Moong dhal – 1/4 cup
Ghee – 1tbsp
Cumin seeds – 1tsp (optional)
Turmeric powder – a pinch
Salt to taste
Pick and wash rice and dhal in water and keep it aside.
Heat ghee in a pan and add cumin seeds, turmeric powder, salt, rice, and moong dhal. Stir-fry for a while.
Add water and bring rice to rapid boil and reduce the heat and simmer and cook till very soft.
This khichadi will provide proteins, carbohydrates, calories, and little fat for the infant. This can be given for lunch. When the child gets used to this after two weeks add finely chopped carrots, cauliflower, and tomato along with rice and dhal. That will provide vitamins and minerals.
Nutritional value for the total preparation Protein gms Fat gms Fibre gms Carbohydrate gms Energy kcal 12.5 10.7 0.4 93.9 523