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First food for your hungry little one !!

The transition from breast milk to solid good is a very important milestone for both the baby and the mother. It needs to be smoother without any concerns popping like indigestion, acidity, excessive passing of gas, vomits, loose motions, constipation, etc. The stomach, intestines and other internal organs are still developing and hence we cannot load them with food which is heavy for them to digest. Food needs to be soft, easy to feed and digest.

Semi solid foods can be introduced to babies between 4 to 6 months. But it's always advisable to wait until 6 months. Every baby is different than the other. If he / she is ready and shows active interest in food and if she has doubled her birth weight then we can go ahead post 4th month along with breastfeed.

Now as mothers we constantly feel whether we are feeding the baby right, is the baby getting enough nutrition and along with that we keep close watch on the child’s physical and mental development. We go to any extent and take all the advice to make sure we are adequately keeping the baby well fed with nutritious diet.

While breast milk can alone be the source of complete nutrition for the baby, mothers with lactation issues or reducing breast milk, mothers have to look for alternatives like formula milk to substitute it and also contribute to baby health.

My only suggestion would be not to completely depend on it because at the end of the day it is all processed and contains preservatives. Go for natural substitutes and avoid falling prey to the consumerism of health products available in market.

  • These are some suggestions for slow substitution:
  • Homemade rice cereal : Rice is the first food which is recommended as it's easy to digest and non allergic. This can also have a variation of sweet, salty or with a mixture of fruit or vegetable puree.
  • Ragi porridge : Though it's non allergic it's always best to try it first and then taking a call. Like I said every baby is different some may have colic or diarrhea. Ragi flour needs be Cooked well either in milk or water.
  • Moong dal soup : This is highly nutritious. Buy the unpolished dal which looks pale and not shiny. Soak the dal atleast for an hour or two to avoid colic. Do not feed the baby moong dal soup if she is down with fever or has colic.
  • Fruit and vegetable Puree : Homemade veggie purees and filled with vitamins and nutrients for your baby. Pediatricians suggest the leafy vegetables first as they are less sweet. If the babies have sweet fruits first they might not be willing to have the other vegetables. Carrot, sweet potato and avacados can be considered. You can boil the same and make it into a puree and serve the baby.
  • Each time you introduce a new food give atleast 3 days time for the baby to adapt to its taste.
  • According to famous diet expert and nutritionist, Rujuta Divekar, it’s very important for mothers to keep it natural or organic when it comes to baby food.

    Food which is simple, easy to buy from the market and which is unprocessed without a preservative is the best nutrition for growing babies. It is enough to provide essential of proper development of the brain and body instead of falling for fancy marketed foods available out there.

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Swati Sandhane

An enthusiastic individual, focussed professional and someone who lives life with a strong positive outlook are just a few words to describe Swati Sandhane.

Having completed her Masters in Business Management, working as a HR professional with a IT firm and handling responsibilities in a happy marriage for 4 years Swati recently welcomed her first child 5 months back. As a new mother everything is the first time and Swati is now honing her mommy skills very well.

While she intends to get back to work she also wants to share her experience in baby care and all other factors which are related to baby and mother well being.

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